La Sirena ("the mermaid") is a second-generation family owned Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach that has become an area institution. Owners Marcello and Diane Fiorentino are on the premises every night, with Diane managing a first-class service experience and Marcello overseeing an inventive and consistently outstanding kitchen. My wife had a light tomato pasta to start, following it with branzino ("Mediterranean sea bass"), a dish she has enjoyed in both France and Italy. She pronounced both excellent.
I started with gnocchi with a pesto sauce. The gnocchi were freshly prepared and the pesto was delicate and understated. I followed it with Saltimbocca, which is not my favorite dish, but which I ordered to assure variety at the table, since the couple who accompanied us love to share tastes. This dish, which is often overcooked and overly cheesed and spiced at most restaurants, was outstanding. The veal was thinly pounded, tender, and the flavors were subdued.
The wine list is extensive and expensive, but we enjoyed a couple of Chiantis that were new to us. Marcello and Diane both visited our table, as they did every guest at this small restaurant. The decor of the restaurant is nothing to write home about -- fairly typical of an upscale Italian restaurant anywhere in the country, but it is not important. The hosts provide the ambiance.
My wife and I have been to Italy three times and dine at Italian restaurants wherever we travel in the US. Our experience at La Sirena was easily the best we have had at any Italian restaurant in the U.S. and approaches many of our favorites in Tuscany.
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