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Here to Stay: Boca and Surrounding Areas

Here to Stay: Boca and Surrounding Areas

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Italian Staple
Italian-born chef Angelo Elia’s upscale Tuscan-inspired restaurant Casa D’Angelo has been a Boca staple for more than 10 years. The eatery’s traditional menu showcases his heritage by proudly spotlighting true homemade Italian dishes—and a few that he’s masterfully reinvented. Ingredients are fresh (some imported directly from Italy), and the nightly specials are always intriguing. The classic decor of the Boca location continues to evoke a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for date night. 171 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561.996.1234;

Max’s Grille’s Chili Roasted Fish Tacos – Photo by Gyorgy Papp-Papphoto

Mizner Park Dream
American bistro Max’s Grille has been welcoming guests for more than 30 years thanks to sophisticated favorites like bone-in pork chop, Caesar salad, meatloaf and locally caught fish. To accompany any meal, the restaurant offers a grand selection of domestic and international labels from its wine list and a refreshing new take on traditional cocktails. Plus, it’s still one of the best happy hour spots in town. 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561.368.0080;

Louie Bossi’s Quattro Carne Pizza

Pizza Perfect
Master pizza-maker Louie Bossi, who taught himself to cook at an early age, opened his first eatery in Fort Lauderdale four years ago. Following its success, he opened a Palmetto Park successor two years later. While relatively new to Boca, Louie Bossi’s has become a local staple synonymous with homemade Italian fare and pastas, bread, pastries and gelato all made in-house daily. The spacious dining room is great for groups, while the outdoor patio is perfect for people-watching. 100 E. Palmetto Park Blvd., Boca Raton; 561.336.6699;

Brulé’s Tuna Stack – Photo by LibbyVision

A Decade in Delray
Delray Beach’s Brulé has been serving up modern American cuisine for more than a decade. The Pineapple Grove bistro, owned and operated by second-generation chef Suzanne Perrotto, dishes out seasonal small and large plates, including specialties such as the grilled avocado, crab tortellini, chicken meatballs and pistachio crème brûlée. The open kitchen greets guests upon arrival, while the warm decor urges you to sit, sip and savor. 200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561.274.2046;