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The lure of free wine is enough to attract the masses, and Sette Bello’s Wednesday special of buy a bottle of wine with dinner, take half a bottle home for free is enough to get me inside this traditional Italian eatery with white-linen cloth tables, knowledgeable, courteous waiters and a pleasantly elegant atmosphere.
Immediately upon arrival a sampling of bruschetta with tomato and basil is placed to begin cleansing the palate in anticipation of that first swirl and swivel of wine on to your lips.
Knowing full well pasta is on our mind, we maligned the meal with a Zenato Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region of Italy ($8 per glass, $28 per bottle).
This medium-bodied white flowed as freely as a skip through the meadows, the stresses of the day subsiding.
For starters we chose the Fritto Misto, which consisted of lightly floured calamari, shrimp, & baby Portobello mushrooms served with a marinara sauce ($10). A light and fresh offering that exuberantly awaits the arrival of the main course.
Our salad selection is the Insalata con Gorgonzola with mixed greens, imported Gorgonzola cheese, port marinated pears, & candied walnuts all tossed with a champagne vinaigrette ($6). Whenever I can get my hands on a candied walnut salad, I’ll take the opportunity.
For dinner, I had to try Sette Bello’s version of my favorite Italian creation, the Sofia's Gnocchi a dish consisting of homemade potato gnocchi with pomodoro sauce and fresh mozzarella ($17). The pinnacle of Gnocchi is its ability to retain a marshmallow like demeanor while fulfilling the rumbling and grumbling of the tummy. Chef Franco Filippone’s skills of mastering his families traditional cooking style is eloquently portrayed in this ‘lumpy’ pasta.
‘Mio ragazzo’ indulged in the Penne Integrale a whimsical rapport of shrimp, spinach, & sun-dried tomatoes sautéed with garlic and olive oil with whole-wheat penne ($22). Being the health-crazed maniac that he is, this perfectly proportioned offering allowed for a shot of healthy carbohydrates and a razzle-dazzle of delicious ingredients that are also perfect for the calorie-conscious contestant.
Chef Franco perfected his craft at the much heralded restaurant The Addison in Boca Raton and Cafe D’ Angelo in Fort Lauderdale.
“Cooking is all about choosing the finest and the very freshest ingredients, it’s just that simple,” Chef Franco said.
Stop by Friday for the Wine Flight Night, “a delicious taste of 3 different wines selected from the best wine regions of the world.”
For a traditional Italian extravaganza that will make you scream ‘stupefacente’ Sette Bello Ristorante is right on the mark.
Sette Bello Ristorante
6241 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-1903