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What’s hot in south county? New crop of restaurants ready for spring

Over the past few months, new restaurants have popped up all over south county. From Mediterranean fresh to decadent Italian, these five new spots have added an undeniable layer of flavor to Boca and Delray

Osteria Salina, Delray Beach 

Inspired by an island off the coast of Sicily, Osteria Salina landed in Delray Beach via the Hamptons in mid-December. Executive chef Cinzia Gaglio and husband Timothy Gaglio opened the restaurant in the vintage, home-like structure that once housed D’Angelo Trattoria and later Cena. 

Read all about it here

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante, Delray Beach 

An authentic sliver of Sardinia has emerged in a southern Delray strip plaza in subtle but sensational ways. A sister restaurant to Miami Beach’s 12-year-old Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante, the wine-loving spot made its quiet entrance in Palm Beach County last October. It is the handiwork of Sardinian native chef Pietro Vardeu and restaurateur Tony Gallo, who brought the exact SoBe menu to Federal Highway. Then again, why fix what’s worked well? 

Read my review here.  

Prezzo, Boca Raton

There’s a James Beard Award-winning chef in the kitchen at this buzzy spot. Chef Mark Militello is a veritable rock star. He partnered with restaurateurs Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max to open Prezzo, a remake of their popular 90s upscale-casual Italian restaurant. 

Read all about it.  

True Food Kitchen, Boca Raton

Good news for health-seeking followers of Dr. Andrew Weil, America’s best-known advocate of anti-inflammatory foods: Weil’s True Food Kitchen opened a location in Boca Raton last month. 

The holistic foods restaurant debuted Feb. 21 in Boca’s Town Center, making it South Florida’s first True Food Kitchen. The chain has a location in Naples. 

In Boca, the concept co-founded by Weil and Phoenix restaurateur Sam Fox nearly a decade ago inhabits more than 7200 square feet at the mall, offering indoor and outdoor dining areas serviced by an open kitchen. 

Here’s what you need to know.  

Olive Pit Athenian Grille, Boca Raton 

They call it Oliv Pit because the restaurant uses olive-pit briquettes to grill its meats. This method provides a smoke free, chemical free heat. 

The 84-seat restaurant is located in Boca Raton’s Shoppes at Village Pointe. 

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