New Chef, Lighter Menu Items At Boca’s Prezzo

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By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer

South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport’s popular Boca Italian eatery, Prezzo, has recently brought in a new chef who is making his mark with his unique, creative additions to the menu.

Executive Chef Patrick Delay joined the Prezzo team back in August 2018 as the youngest chef in the Rapoport’s family.

Not only is Chef Patrick bringing some fresh new ideas to the restaurant, but he’s bringing some impressive cooking skills, too. He was nominated for the Eater 2019 Young Guns award, which aims to honor the up-and-comers in the dining industry. The winners will be announced this summer.

Just last month, Chef Patrick unveiled some new menu additions, and it didn’t take long before they proved to be a total hit with diners. One of the most popular items by far is the quinoa and squash salad. It’s offered on the regular menu as a full portion, but also comes in a lunch-size portion on the special 12 for $12 lunch menu. That menu is available Monday–Friday from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and each entrée also includes a choice of iced tea, coffee or soda. This hearty yet healthy salad is gluten and dairy free and has the perfect balance of colors, textures and flavors: quinoa, arugula, roasted chicken, dried cranberries, roasted butternut squash and zucchini, and pumpkin seeds, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette.

Chef Patrick has taken great care to ensure that his new menu items cater to those with dietary restrictions. For example, the lasagna is now gluten-and dairy-free, as it uses butternut squash in place of pasta noodles, and uses mushroom and eggplant instead of meat in the bolognese sauce. The classic chicken marsala comes with cauliflower “cous-cous,” and there is also an option for guests to swap out pasta for spaghetti squash in their dish.

But spaghetti squash isn’t just an ingredient alternative; it’s the star of one of the new dishes, too. The spaghetti squash pomodoro, a play on the traditional pasta dish, is filled with such great flavor that you won’t even miss the carbs. It’s topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and parmesan — but it’s no problem at all to omit the cheese if you are also vegan or dairy-free.

Prezzo has also jumped onto the “build-your-own” craze with a new section on the menu that allows guests to create their own entrée. You can choose your protein, sauce, and a side dish to make for a well-balanced meal.

Chef Patrick is a breath of fresh air at Prezzo, and his food is making waves. If you thought Prezzo was all Italian pizza and pasta, you thought wrong. This new menu is filled with creative twists on traditional favorites, and then some. You can really taste the love and dedication put into each dish.

It’s not just the food you won’t want to miss at Prezzo — there’s entertainment too. Local band, The Edge, performs every Thursday night from 8-9:30 p.m. out on the patio. There’s also a daily Half-Price Hour special from 4:30-5:30 p.m. when guests can buy one entrée and get the 2nd entrée for half-price. Both entrées include a choice of soda or iced tea. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5-6 p.m. with drink specials on wines by the glass, and half-price beers, signature cocktails and select spirits. There is also a bar bites menu available at the bar from 4-6:30 p.m.

Prezzo is located at 5560 North Military Trail. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. It’s open for dinner only on Saturday from 4:30-10 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30-9 p.m.