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.
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.
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.
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: