MI­AMI-DADE COUNTY

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Ital­ian small plates, which run from the req­ui­site meat­ball and ri­cotta to shaved Brus­sels sprouts salad and bi­son slid­ers. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 6-26-15. Mer­lino’s — 39 SE1st Ave., Boca Ra­ton, 561-756-8437. Old World meets mod­ern Ital­ianAmer­i­can Philly-style fla­vors at this bar and restau­rant. High­lights in­clude Clams Pavarotti, clams baked with shrimp, crab­meat and béchamel. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed1-2-15. Scuola Vec­chia Pizza e Vino — 522 E. At­lantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-865-5923. A cer­ti­fied mem­ber of the As­so­ci­azione Piz­za­iuoli Napo­le­tani, this restau­rant spe­cial­izes in – you guessed it – Neapoli­tan pizza. Home­made fet­tuc­cini is the noo­dle of choice. Mod­er­ate. Din­ner. Re­viewed 3-11-16. Tra­monti — 119 E. At­lantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-272-1944. Clas­sic New York-style Ital­ian with a menu and staff heavy on tra­di­tion. Seafood and veal are par­tic­u­larly well done. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-17-14.

Latin/Mex­i­can/Span­ish

Pa­tio Ta­pas and Beer — 205 SE First Ave., Boca Ra­ton, 561-419-7239. Chef Bryant Fa­jardo and wife Nathalia bring a bit of au­then­tic Spain to their tiny restau­rant, where the best seats are in­deed on the pa­tio. Rec­om­mended dishes in­clude chicken cro­que­tas and pork belly mon­ta­dito. In­ex­pen­sive-mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-16-15.

Mediter­ranean

Gy­ro­ma­nia Grill — 7036 W. Pal­metto Park Road, Gar­den Shops, Boca Ra­ton, 561-288-8737; 5760 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, 954-345-4511. This lo­cally owned, fast-ca­sual eatery has all the dishes you’d ex­pect to find in a Greek restau­rant, from gy­ros and sou­vlaki to falafel and mous­saka. Or­der from a counter and wait for your num­ber to be called. In­ex­pen­sive-mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed11-04-15.

Seafood

Mus­sel Beach — 501E. At­lantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-921-6464. Don’t be put off by the name, since there’s so much more here than Prince Edward Is­land mus­sels. Grouper, salmon, cod, mahi mahi and sword­fish can be pre­pared any way you want. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 5-1-15. PB Catch Seafood and Raw Bar — 251Sun­rise Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-5558. This mod­ern seafood restau­rant serves in­ven­tive small plates, oys­ters and the trade­marked Sea­cu­terie, the chef’s seafood an­swer to char­cu­terie served on beau­ti­ful slate serv­ing plat­ters. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 6-12-15. Al­ter — 223 NW23rd St., Mi­ami, 305-573-5996. Chef Brad Kil­gore’s Wyn­wood restau­rant spe­cial­izes in un­ortho­dox but com­pelling cui­sine that fuses pre­cise tech­nique with orig­i­nal and fa­mil­iar fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents. He’s out to al­ter our per­cep­tion of restau­rant food. The 38-seat in­dus­trial chic din­ing room is not great for con­ver­sa­tion. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-28-15. Amer­i­can So­cial — 690 SW First Court, Mi­ami, 786-801-2466. Triple the size of its first lo­ca­tion in Fort Lauderdale, this gas­tropub con­tin­ues to serve some of the best beer and burg­ers around. It’s set on the Mi­ami River, and you can’t beat the view. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner, brunch. Re­viewed 4-8-15. Basil Park — 17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-705-0004. Not un­til you read the fine print do you re­al­ize this stylish restau­rant spe­cial­izes in health­ful­ness. Beef is grass-fed. Chicken is free-range. The kitchen is gluten-free. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-8-14. By­b­los — 1545 Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-508-5041. This is Mid­dle Eastern like you’ve never seen, with in­tri­cate small plates that are both tra­di­tional and ex­per­i­men­tal. Lamb ribs, duck kibbeh and yo­gurt baked fluke are among the high­lights served in an ec­cen­tri­cally dec­o­rated din­ing room that’s 1970s chic. Din­ner. Re­viewed11-20-15. Cavalli Mi­ami Restau­rant and Lounge — 150 Ocean Drive, Mi­ami Beach, 305-695-4191. What does fash­ion de­signer Roberto Cavalli know about food? Turns out, lots. His mod­ern Ital­ian restau­rant joins lo­ca­tions in Mi­lan and Dubai. Very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 9-17-14. Cor­sair by Scott Co­nant — 19999 W. Coun­try Club Drive, Aven­tura, 786-279-6800. Co­nant, who built his rep­u­ta­tion on Ital­ian cui­sine, serves some of the best pasta dishes in South Florida, along with very good lo­cally sourced seafood. It’s deep inside the Turn­berry Isle Mi­ami with a view of the golf course. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Hours:

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