Caffe Luna Rosa Wins “Best Bite on the Ave” for Second Year in a Row


Crane’s Beach House, the Key Weststyle boutique hotel in Delray Beach, hosted nearly 300 hungry friends and fans in mid-December at its fourth annual Best Bite on the Ave competition, featuring a number of chefs from local restaurants. For the second year in a row, the winning eatery was Caffe Luna Rosa, the popular beachside restaurant that recently was named Restaurant of the Year once again by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Deck 84 was the runner-up in this year’s Best Bite taste-off, which also included Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, City Oyster, Caffe Martier, Pizza Rustica and Vic & Angelo’s. “With all of the great restaurants in Delray Beach, we are truly honored by the recognition we’re receiving,” said Caffe Luna Rosa Founder/Partner Fran Marincola. “The fact that we’ve received both awards two years in a row is recognition of the consistent quality of the outstanding food and service that our staff provides. We’re very grateful to our loyal customers and to everyone in Delray Beach for their continued support.” In winning Best Bite on the Ave, Caffe Luna Rosa received the most votes of support from the more than 300 people who attended the event, where the restaurant’s chefs served a delicious crab and lobster cake with a champagne buerre blanc. “Our chefs once again did an outstanding job,” Marincola said. “Our crab and lobster cake is always amazing.” As a participating restaurant in Best Bite on The Ave, Caffe Luna Rosa helped raise money for two local non-profit organizations, the HOW Foundation of South Florida and Project Holiday. “This was a win-win-win promotion in which everyone had a good time and savored some tasty food samplings from eight outstanding restaurants, while simultaneously raising more than $750 each for two worthwhile local nonprofit organizations: the HOW Foundation of South Florida, which provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) scholarship funding for wounded warriors and others in need, and Project Holiday, which supports local families who have loved ones serving in the armed forces around the world,” said Cathy Balestriere, general manager of Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas. The fun and festive event was held throughout the hotel, around the beach-like swimming pools and the two large tiki huts, and included live music from The Blanche Ely Marching Tiger Band and Jazz Band from Pompano Beach, Fla., as well as by singer Michele Lynn. For more information about Crane’s Beach House, call (561) 278-1700 or visit