Indulge In Authentic Italian Fare At Talento Las Olas
When it comes to Italian cuisine, family heirloom recipes are a sure way to win over a dinerâ€™s heart. Take the Strozzapreti served at Las Olasâ€™ new kid on the block, Talento, for example. Executive chef Luigi Criscuolo, who hails from the Amalfi Coast, brings this seafood pasta dish and a wealth of other passed-down favorites to locals. He, along with owners Maurizio Turella and Sandro Picciurro, opened the contemporary southern Italian restaurant in the summer offering a lineup of Italian classics and some revamped dishes.
The restaurant is posh with upholstered, cream-colored seating and booths, and an eye-catching LED water feature separating the dining room from a marble bar thatâ€™s stocked to make a crisp Aperol Spritz. Guests can revel in the private wine room surrounded by vintage bottles that sits adjacent to a wrap-around glass showcase featuring imported meats and cheeses.
While Criscuolo runs the kitchen, his Sicilian-born wife, Angela Gullotta, manages the front. Sheâ€™s easily spotted when giving guests recommendations on starters like the grilled octopus and grilled focaccia with olive oil.
What diners wonâ€™t find on the menu is â€śmainstream Italian.â€ť Swap the spaghetti and meatballs for Pacchero Talento, a mix of crab and shrimp with tube-like pasta in a spicy tomato sauce. Other specialties include the Montanaro (sausage and Parmesan cheese risotto with fresh shaved black truffle), to Tomahawk steaks, to imported Branzino.
Fans of classics will enjoy a slice of the Emilia pizza topped with imported prosciutto, crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula and shaved Parmesan. The restaurant also caters to those with dietary restrictions by offering a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options, including tofu balls breaded and baked with spinach and almonds.
Get tastebud-worthy satisfaction for dessert while digging into Talentoâ€™s rich, creamy tiramisu or spoonfuls of silky hazelnut gelato.
Talento, 1307 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 754.206.4180 / talentorestaurant.com