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“4 Stars Now - Heading Towards 5”
Review of Caruso Ristorante - CLOSED

Caruso Ristorante
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: US1
Reviewed June 27, 2012

This elegant little jewel box of a restaurant (about 50 inside and 60 outside seats) is located at the northern end of the Pink Plaza, visible from S Mizner Blvd, and just south of Palmetto Park Rd. We started dining there about 3 years ago, when they first opened, and felt the restaurant "almost" made it, and now we've gone back twice in recent weeks for their Summer Special. Now, likely thru Labor Day, they have a splendid 3 course luncheon (soup/salad, fish/chicken, homemade desserts) for 13.95 and a 3 course dinner with wine for 24.95. Our advice? Cancel those other plans and head there, because this is a genuine steal. Alex will take great care of you, and, for a change, you will eat authentic, high quality, prepared to order, upper echelon Italian food. The ball is in your court.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

The manager came around a couple of times to see how we were doing. We were serenaded during dinner. We had our 2 year old granddaughter with us who had her heart set on pizza. They do not serve pizza but they "whipped one up" for her. It was delicious! Food was delicious.... but the ambiance and service made it unbelievable. Will definitely return!!

Thank VickiBr
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Loved the food! Huge portions. Great eggplant parm, very thin eggplant in a very very nice sauce. Service was only okay. Food was worth it. Portions would have been enough for 3 people!

Thank Beandawg
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Having only visited Caruso's Ristorante once before to ring in a New Year, I suggested a return visit to a journalist who writes for the Handelsblatt, the German equivelant of the Wall Street Journal.

While awaitng our table an apertif was suggested in the adjacent Bar Rouge. The size of a walk in closet; the mini bar and ample private chefs table boasts an impeccable selection of hand-crafted single malts, grappas and cognacs.

For the multi-course meal to follow expectations may be kept exceedingly high. The proficient waitstaff, donned in starchy white shirts and floor length aprons, is at the ready to serve a superlative selection of authentic Italian dishes paired with an inventive wine and prosecco list provided by Fabio of Tuscany Distributors.

The menu selections are predicated on seasonal availability and represent a vast variety of distinct Italian regions. Each dish is impeccably crafted on the spot and is consistently spot on. On this particular night the Farrotto with fresh Porcini was redolent with black truffles enough to make one swoon. With offerings from Milano to Molise the au courant guests dip and dive while sopping up the last morsels of marrow spooned from the Ossobuco alla Milanese con Risotto alo Zafferano. Talk about signature dishes.

Caruso’s is an ‘insiders’ place that wishes to remain decidedly under the hoi polli’s heat seeking radar. Signage at Carusos would be redundant. This is a destination restaurant, no GPS required. Guests gravitate to Carusos by way of global word-of-mouth. For example, one regular is the founder of Arizona Iced Tea. He mentions the place to a CEO golf buddy whose friend, L’Pro Eddie Merrins happens to be in from Bel Air to be inducted in the PGA Hall of Fame. Whether in from Bel Air, Manhattan, Rome or Aspen, “Check out Carusos Ristorante in Boca” is a constant refraim among those in the know.

In an intimate room that seats 45 guests, the commraderie is palatable. Gina Caruso , a northern Italian beauty, by way of Chicago, takes strident steps to work the room like a seasoned maestro. She is donned in a form fitting Pucci dress with deep green eyes to match. She keeps her guests enthralled with an expression so attentive that one would believe they are her reason for living.

The coming and going of gourmands, foodies, scions, luminaries and movie producers could easily fill a page in Vanity Fair. As the night gained momentum the dinner parties became a bit more boisterous. A steady stream of new arrivals became instant members of an extended family that harkens back to the mid last century when Gina's grandfather founded the original Caruso's in Chicago.

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Reviewed February 15, 2012

With gift coupon in hand, we ventured to Boca Raton, land of a thousand restaurants. We arrived early and for about an hour, we were the only customers. We were greeted warmly and, of course, had our choice of tables. The menu is varied with traditional dishes cooked in the style of different districts in Italy. First we were presented with excellent breads with olive oil already on the table. I started with the a very tasty tortellini soup. We then shared the fettuccine bolognese- it's ok but not the best meat sauce I've had. My date had the petti di pollo alla Napoleton and I picked the vitella a la marsala. The chicken dish was very good but the veal was outstanding.
Service at Caruso's is very attentive and helpful. We'll be back.

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Thank Poet1955
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