Over the holiday break, we made a quick trip to visit my Dad in sunny Hallandale Beach, Florida. It used to be exciting to visit Florida when I lived in NY, but going to Florida from Houston is just trading one warm, muggy locale for another. But the mountain won’t come to Mohammed . . . . .
Dad was ready with some artfully arranged snacks for us when we got there, which were wolfed down pretty quickly:
Our main entertainment there was dining, and we ate every meal out during our short stay, as a treat for Dad. We discovered Sardelli’s, a really fantastic (but pricey) Italian restaurant, all the more fun because not only had Dad never been there, he’d never heard of it. Sardelli’s is two years old, and is located in an attractive 4-story townhome that the family built using their life savings.
Pull up a stool for a cocktail at the bar
The food was nothing short of delicious. A few of the highlights of our meal, in addition to steaks, salads, and pastas, included an appetizer special of lobster scampi:
Clams in a tomato broth with a couscous-like pasta:
And a giant ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach and a soft egg yolk, served with a pancetta and brown butter sage sauce:
Sardelli’s was our hands-down favorite restaurant on this visit, and if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. We also enjoyed dinners with Dad at Timo and Acqua 124, but it was hard to beat the food at Sardelli’s. Maybe next visit . . . .