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Delray Beach's Sardinia Enoteca Offers Sardinian Twists On Italian Classics

While South Florida boasts a number of Italian restaurants, Sardinia Enoteca serves dishes that differ from typical Italian-American fare. It’s located at the South Delray Shopping Center and is co-owned by Antonio “Tony” Gallo and chef Pietro Vardeu. Its sister restaurant in Miami Beach has been a staple since 2006.

“This is more authentic Italian, we specialize a little bit more in the Sardinian cuisine,” Gallo says. Sardinia Enoteca is reflective of Vardeu’s hometown of Sardinia, Italy, the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Offerings include a selection of seafoods, vegetables and meats, cooked in a wood-burning oven to create the restaurant’s signature flavor.

Flavor profile

Most menu items at Sardinia Enoteca are made in-house, like the fresh cheeses featured at the Mozzarella bar. Guests can choose a few to try with accompaniments of roasted peppers, caponata and broccoli rabe, or they can opt for the Grand Tasting, which features six kinds of cheese, including burrata, treccione and Fior Di Latte. There’s also an assortment of aged cheeses and meat boards.

The Fregoletta is a traditional dish in Sardinia, Gallo says. It’s made with a larger grain couscous mixed with saffron broth and baby clams. Pasta options include simple dishes with one-of-a-kind flavors, such as the Spaghetti Bottarga di Muggine. What gives this spaghetti its distinctive briny taste is the incorporation of grey mullet roe. It’s dried and pressed together, then shaved onto the pasta, which is prepared with garlic, olive oil and cherry tomatoes.

And, of course, there’s an array of pizzas (like sausage and broccoli rabe), as well as meat and fish plates, including a 24-ounce ribeye steak and branzino baked in a salt crust.

All about the wine

In Italian, “enoteca” translates closely to “wine bar,” so the restaurant is aptly named for its extensive wine list that includes nearly 300 labels. Guests can order a “quartino” (carafe) to enjoy with their meals. It’s a glass and a half for those wanting a little more to sip on.

Sardinia Enoteca, 3035 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach / 561.332.3406 / sardinia-ristorante.com