Finally after a cancelled trip to Florida in February (no thanks to Winter Storm Nemo!), I made it back home for my dear friend’s wedding weekend in Palm Beach. The weekend kicked off with the rehearsal dinner at Cafe Sapori, which is one of my favorite Italian restaurants and also where I had my rehearsal dinner just a year and a half ago. To be fair, I have known the owner since I was about 10 years old when he used to work at Bice, another Palm Beach (and New York) classic, but I will still be completely unbiased in my opinions – I swear!
My friend had a lovely pre fixe menu from which we could choose an appetizer and an entrèe culminating in a surprise dessert! I started with the Pinot Grigio (Al Verdi 2011), they always have great Italian wines to choose from here. I am also a huge fan of their home made focaccia bread with fresh tomatoes, and I love the little Grissini (crunchy bread sticks to you non-Italians!). My friend and I attempted to share one of the packets, but sure enough broke into a second one not long after we had been seated .
To start I chose the Insalata Mista with grilled zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes and shaved Grana Padana (parmesan) cheese. There is nothing like putting a big slice of cheese on top of a salad to take it to another level! It was simple, but very fresh and flavorful with the pungent balsamic vinegar and earthy extra virgin olive oil.
For the main dish, I chose the Combinazione Sapori which included hand rolled ricotta cheese dumplings alla vodka and sautèed chicken cutlet with Parma prosciutto in a lemon and white wine sauce. I love trying multiple items, so the combination dish was perfect for me! To tell you the truth, when I usually come here, I rarely get meat or poultry, I generally stick with my favorite – the pasta, but I’m glad I did because the chicken was divine. It was pounded into thin cutlets that were tender and markedly more flavorful than their thicker counterparts, the citrus-y sauce pervaded the entire cutlet and was perfectly topped off with the salty prosciutto. The pasta was al dente which is very difficult to do with homemade cuts, and the vodka sauce was creamy and tangy, always a classic. In fact, my friend couldn’t keep her fork off my plate and kept stealing my pasta throughout the evening!
She had chosen the Ravioli Ricotta al Burro e Pastinache – ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a butter sage sauce with crispy parsnips, and had already finished hers. But before she did, I snuck a bite and though I am not a huge ravioli fan, they were delicious! The pasta dough was thin and well cooked and not stuffed with soooo much ricotta that you can’t enjoy any of the other flavors. I think that’s why I don’t like most ravioli, they are way too rich and filling.
I probably could have eaten another whole dish of pasta, just because I love it so much at Cafe Sapori. But it was time for the surprise dessert! The groom’s mother had made the cake herself and inscribed a verse from the Bible, “Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from the cup”.
They served the cake with vanilla gelato and fresh berries, and it was absolutely delightful. What a great rehearsal dinner and beautiful celebration for a wonderful couple!
As always, I had a delizioso dinner at Cafe Sapori. What keeps bringing me back is the authentic Italian cuisine – the chef, management and owner are all Italian, and to me that is the key to achieve a truly fantastic Italian restaurant.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Cafe Sapori | www.cafesapori.com | 205 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL