By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
From the expansive outdoor patio seating to the ambiance of its long-legged bar and warm toned comfortable indoor dining enclaves to the eye-appealing finest meats dry-aging in the line of sight to the tastiest Italian dishes and oh so much salumi, Louie Bossi’s is enorme.
Located on the first floor of Boca Raton’s first downtown hotel, the Hyatt Place, this rendition of Louie Bossi’s has everything you’d find in La Cuciana Italiana, virtually a taste of every region of Italy’s fantastic cuisines. Some of the true finds are on the special menu. If staying on the worn track is the style preferred, try the wine on tap in signature Louie Bossi’s glasses and the Speciale Del Giorno or daily specials. Everyone dining at Louie Bossi’s should try the Rapini E’Nduja, Second Place in the 2016 World Pizza Championship featuring spicy spreadable salami, fior di latte, rapini and stracciatella. This is the most unique, flavorful pizza, outside of the boot, Italy, I have ever tasted.
As for those daily specials, once again they pair fantastically with the wine on tap, on Monday it’s a nice Eggplant all Parmigiana $19 which my wife thoroughly enjoyed with a Classic Caesar Salad $10.50, I’ll be back for the Brooklyn Caesar with pancetta, poached egg and Tuscan kale, on Tuesday the taste buds will be singing karaoke with the Gnocchi Sorrentino $19, on Wednesday it’s the Louie Bossi’s Lasagne $19, Thursday is the Veal Chop Alla Parmigiana special $42 and Friday it’s seafood with Lobster Fra Diavolo $37, Saturday it’s steak and pasta with a seven ounce Filetto Con Tortellini $33 and Sunday the famous Chicken Alla Parmigiana $19. On Monday’s, from 4 p.m. to close, there’s also half priced Martini’s and $2.50 Meatball Sliders, every Wednesday is a Roman Holiday with half-priced bottles of wines up to $99 with purchase of an entrée, and everyday 4-7 p.m. Happy Hour features $2 off drinks and half-priced pizzas at the bar only.
If you prefer, every wine at Louie Bossi’s can be enjoyed in a traditional Italian juice glass. Vino on tap includes Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Nero D’Avola (Red) and Pinot Noir ranging in price for a six-ounce $7-$8 and nine-ounce quartino $10-$11.50. My expectations were blown away here, how a wine on tap could be appealing? Well it is! I thought for the price it was a wine I’d find in wine spectator rather than on tap. Appetizers range from Marcona Almonds roasted with sea salt $5.50 and Garlic Bread Classico with Ricotta $6. The Antipasti menu includes 14 selections, there’s a Bruschetta portion of the menu, Long Pasta, Short Pasta menus, steak, chicken and fish specials.
Try the Ferrazzoli a frutti di mare selection piled high with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari and swimming in San Marzano sauce for $29. The Meatballs splashed in that delightful tang of San Marzano tomato sauce is outstanding at just $11.50 and the Carpaccio consisting of crusted thin raw beef, arugula, parmigiano reggiano for $14.50 is unique. From the wood-burning grill try the Salsicce with Italian sausage, Peperonata, San Marzano sauce and fingerling potatoes, grilled lamb chops, chili oil, aioli, the free range chicken, lemon, garlic or hand selected dry aged steaks in house served bone-in with roasted garlic and rosemary, or available in a ribeye cut.
At Louie Bossi’s there’s an additional daily menu which has some amazingly inventive Italian delights like Bronzini and their version of an Octopus Salad. Tenero! The homemade tiramisu and canolli’s are absolutely fare la figura del cioccolataio! (Noveau riche!)
For more information visit: www.louiebossi.com/home or call 561-336-6699. Louie Bossi’s is located at 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 33432.