ITALIAN Dining in Coral Springs, Fl.
Review by Rocco A. Quaglia
When you imagine a restaurant in Italy, you think of a quaint indoors, with wooden tables and chairs, outdoor dining areas with umbrellas, fountains, smell the aromas of a wood burning oven cooking pizzas and other delicious foods and hear your favorite Italian songs being sung. Well it’s not your imagination anymore, La Fontana Pizzeria & Restaurant in Coral Springs has brought those visions of Italy to life for you to enjoy. Two brothers, Spartaco and Tony Tare came to America after spending 10 years cooking in an Italian wood-burning pizzeria in their home town of Ferrara near Bologna Italy. They spent another 10 years bringing the best of their recipes and talents to some of the most notable restaurants in South Beach. A year ago the Italian brothers settled in Coral Springs and opened La Fontana to provide us with only The Best of the Best in Italian Cuisine. With century old recipes, prosciutto, cheese and wines imported from Italy, homemade pastas and sauces, the freshest vegetables, meats, fishes and seafood, homemade gelato and desserts, and an outstanding staff to serve you, this will sure to become your favorite restaurant as it has become mine.
The Antipasto Fontana ($14.50) is a great start for any feast, a delicious platter of fresh sliced imported Italian Prosciutto, Bresaola, Mortadella, Salami, Sage Cheese, Gorgonzola Cheese, Mozzarella Bocconcini, thinly sliced Parmesan Cheese, mixed greens, and loaded endive leaves, topped with walnuts and drizzled with a special house sauce. It’s not only a colorful mix of nature’s goodness but a salty array of taste for your senses. Another starter or meal in itself may be the special Focaccia Alla Famiglia, made for special occasions with varying contents and prices. This special focaccia was stuffed with freshly cooked spinach, broccoli rabe, zucchini, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and more. Served hot out of the oven, infused with all the flavors you long for. Yours can be stuffed as you wish. For something a little lighter and loaded with flavor try the Pizza Montanara (12”-$12.50), a thin crust pizza topped with Real Italian Porcini mushrooms, Bresaola, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella Bocconcini, and fresh greens, make this wood oven pizza all so tasty. Once you try a La Fontana Pizza you’ll be impressed by the flavor, quality and goodness. They’re even available using whole wheat and for delivery.
For pasta you must have the homemade Sachettini al Tartufo e Salmone ($15.95), these Truffle Sachettini (Pasta shaped like sacks filled with a cheese and truffles mixture) are cooked and covered in a rich cream sauce mixed with smoked salmon and a touch of brandy. This mixture will just melt in your mouth and leave your taste buds in bliss. Another favorite is the Risotto al Mare Monti ($16.95), perfectly cooked risotto (Italian style rice) mixed with tender shrimp and Italian Porcini Mushrooms to make a dish that will bring tears of joy to your eyes. This is a sure hit for the pickiest taste buds. For the seafood lover try the Grigliata di Pesce ($26.95), mixed grilled Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari and vegetables sprinkled with a secret blend of spices to infuse the flavor of the fresh seafood. A Grigliata di Carne ($23.95) is also available with meat.
The desserts are also out of this world, Nutellino ($5.25), Nutella wrapped in pizza dough shaped like a fish and cooked in a wood oven to bring out all the creamy chocolate taste from within. The Tiramisu ($5.25), is light and creamy, lady fingers dipped in espresso and layered with mascarpone cheese make this dessert hard to resist. And if you dare, why not add some of their delicious Homemade Gelato, you’ll be glad you did.
Check out www.LaFontanaPizzeria.com for more information today!! Or Call (954) 575-5502
Guido’s Restaurant Pizzeria
Review by Rocco A. Quaglia
Broward County has been well known for its sandy beaches, warm climate, lush vegetation, indigenous wildlife and by far some of the best restaurants in Florida. Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria should be on your list of places to visit when you’re hungry for a Tasty Italian Meal. Owner Guido Defalco started in the family restaurant business at age 9, continued with his passions in cooking by attending culinary school, and purchased Big Anthony & Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria with his sister Anna Marie in 1999. Feeling the need to expand Guido purchased Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria in Coral Springs a few years later, the rest is culinary history. You won’t be disappointed for the taste and quality are superb, the quantities are huge, and the prices are right. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner there’s always time for Guido’s.
Whether you call it a salad or an appetizer you must try the Scungili & Calamari (Conch & Squid) Salad ($15.50). You’re in for a real treat as this enormous bowl of hand torn romaine lettuce is topped with succulent slices of conch, squid, artichoke hearts, red peppers, cucumbers, stuffed green olives, black olives and lemon wedges which has been generously covered in a tasty, tangy lemon and spice blend that will send your taste buds spinning. If you’re more into clams, try the Clams Oreganata ($14.95/dz) a real treat. These whole clams are baked with a breadcrumb and spice coating and then drizzled with a secret garlic enriched special sauce that you’ll pour extra over every clam and then scoop up with the delicious garlic bread that comes with your dinner. The dish will go back clean.
For something extraordinary you must try Guido’s Special 12-14oz Veal Chop ($24.95) made in a variety of ways. Try the Veal Chop Grilled in Piccata Sauce and served over a bed of steamed fresh spinach. The veal is very tender, grilled to perfection and covered in a tasty Piccata sauce made with white wine, lemon, butter and loaded with capers. You’ll dip every sliver into the sauce for you won’t leave a drop, and you’ll use the bone as a handle to get every last bite. If you like shrimp you’ve got to try the Shrimp Francese ($16.95). These colossal Shrimp are dipped in egg and flour and cooked to perfection in a lemon, butter and wine sauce that will make you quiver. You may also have your side pasta covered in the same sauce if you wish to make everything blend together well.
If you have room for dessert try the Lemoncello Cake ($4.95), moist and tasty, perfect after the other lemony sauces. The Zepole ($3.95/6) are also delicious, an Italian treat, sweetened dough is fried and then drizzled with chocolate and raspberry syrups. You’ll be cleaning the plate again.
Come with an appetite and leave with leftovers you’ll be happy you did.
Visit Guido’s website www.guidosonline.com for a full menu that includes more special baked dishes, pastas, chicken, veal, seafood, subs, pannini, and some great pizzas too! You can even call for Delivery (954) 575-5553. You better hurry before the line starts!! See you at Guido’s…
Guido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
10641 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, Fl. 33076
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