Saporissimo satisfies with Italian specialities

Saporissimo satisfies with Italian specialities

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David DiPino dddipino@tribune.com
August 29, 2012

Ristorante Saporissimo is located in an historic 1915 home that’s been converted into a charming Tuscan restaurant specializing in food from all regions of the boot. Italian cuisine has become Americanized since first making its way across the Atlantic, but at Saporissimo, the recipes come from Chef Marco’s family. The dishes range from authentic Italian peasant food to highlights from all regions of the boot – north, south, the Alps and Sicily.

Saporissimo’s décor includes antique Italian chairs, rustic stone walls and oversize tables fit for the Medici family. With 65 seats, the ristorante is big enough to welcome large parties – it recently played host to a group of 20 doctors – yet small enough for a romantic dinner.

Chef Marco owns Saporissimo along with Richard Schagrin. In just one year, the duo has created some very unique tastes and a nice list of rotating daily specials ranging from branzini to burrata, truffle dominated pasta dishes to game from Tuscany.

My fiancé and I started things out right by choosing the Burrata Salad Special. A burrata features mozzarella cheese and fresh Italian cream mixed with butter and sugar. Ours was milky fresh and creamy – imported from the Alps and surrounded by arugula, doused with aged balsamic vinegar and garnished with tasty grilled peaches and the reddest, ripest tomatoes I’ve had in some time. The burrata was huge and could have easily been shared by a party of four to six people.

For dinner, I went with the quail stuffed with ground bison and wrapped in pancetta. I also tried the homemade rigatoni with sweet gorgonzola and black truffle. My fiancé had Angnolotti d’ Aragosta with lobster stuffed ravioli, cherry tomatoes, sherry wine and a touch of cream. We shared the food, which was absolutely succulent.

Next, we tried a sea bass entrée that was pan sautéed and actually melted in my mouth like butter. My fiancé didn’t even need a knife.

I chased it all down with a nice glass of Ca’ Montebello Pinot Noir from Lombardy. The wine, which was served chilled, had a hint of berry and a smooth finish. The wine list was extensive to say the least and even featured a pinto nero. I’ll be back to taste more on my next visit.

We finished with a tiramisu that was served in the middle of a Poco Grande glass – think message in a bottle. The ladyfingers in the tiramisu were perfectly soaked, containing a hint of liquor and a perfect mix of mascarpone cheese.

Saporissimo Ristorante is located at 366 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton and is open six days a week beginning at 5 p.m. daily. It is closed on Monday. For more information, visit SaporissimoRestaurant.com or for reservations call 561-750-2333.