By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
After experiencing much success at its location in South Beach open since 2006, it was high time for Sardinia Ristorante to open the doors to a second location.
Co-owners Executive Chef Pietro Vardeu and Antonio “Tony” Gallo chose Delray Beach as the home for their restaurant specializing in Sardinian cuisine, which reflects the rustic dishes of this Italian island, where fresh fish is plentiful and house-made pasta is a must.
Sardinia’s menu features a wide variety of options, including paella, a mozzarella bar, salumeria and formaggi menus with 20 different meats and cheeses, and even house-made gluten-free pasta that can be swapped in any of the pasta preparations.
When it comes to appetizers, there is quite a selection to choose from, including crostini with parma prosciutto and pesto burrata, steak tartare, steamed mussels, and eggplant parmiggiana, just to name a few. For a fresh and flavorful start to your meal, opt for the salmon carpaccio with fennel and orange. It’s the light drizzle of olive oil here that does the trick, lending a beautiful finish to the dish.
If you thought there were a lot of appetizer choices at Sardinia Ristorante, the list of entrée options is even longer. Four kinds of Sardinian-style paella (uses fregola instead of rice), eleven kinds of pastas, six kinds of pizzas, fourteen kinds of meat and fish dishes, and six options of wood-oven-baked side dishes to accompany any entrée. The Polpo Alla Griglia, a.k.a grilled octopus, comes with a medley of grilled vegetables, and is an excellent choice for land and seafood lovers alike, with tender tentacles and perfectly charred exterior.
One of the main attractions at Sardinia Ristorante is its impressive and diverse wine list, featuring not only Italian wines but many from various wine-making regions of the world. Sardinia offers wines by the glass or bottle, as well as the quartino, which allows guests to experience the casual osteria-style wine service of Italy, without having to purchase a full bottle.
Top-of-the-line stemware by Stolze is used for wine service, and wine temperature is paid very close attention to with temperature-controlled cellars to keep the wines well-preserved.
Sardinia Ristorante is located at 3035 South Federal Highway in Delray Beach. The restaurant is open for dinner daily from 4 – 10:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Happy hour is every day from 4 – 7 p.m. Sardinia also offers a seven-course tasting menu, available daily, for $65 per person, $85 with wine pairings.