Located at 7491 North federal Highway in Boca Raton’s Hidden Valley Shopping Center, Carolina and Carlos Amado bring a family style Trattoria/Pizzeria to this area.
Seating 80 diners in their attractive, modern bistro, Cavalieri’s is open 7 days, Monday through Friday from 11AM to 10PM, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10PM (561-989-9922).
Marc, Audrey, Barry and Simon sampled from their standard menu and a few chef specials.
The traditional Pasta Fagioli was an excellent soup with old fashioned flavor. The chef’s special Shrimp Bisque was rich and chunky and his Minestrone was a true, deep taste treat.
We sampled excellent Mussels Marinara…plump, tasty bivalves in a fine sauce, an average tasting fried calamari in their fine marinara sauce, baked middle neck Clams Oreganata with garlic, parsley and oregano…a nice dish! The Eggplant Caprese, unfortunately, had underdone eggplant – tough to chew- Chef, take note.
Both the Caesar salad and the Milano salad were fresh and crispy and very tasty. Five additional salads are also featured.
Of the seven pasta entrées, we sampled a nice Gnocchi Carabonara with its applewood bacon, caramelized onion, garlic, olive oil, egg, green peas and Parmigiano Regiano cheese. We then tried an excellent Fettuccine Alfredo with a superior light cream sauce and parmesan – do try it!
Of the six chicken entrees, we ordered the Chicken Portobello Marsala- tasty and sweet. The four veal entrees included their Veal Parmigiana, a somewhat thicker cut of breaded veal than we prefer, served with spaghetti and topped with mozzarella.
One will find three eggplant entrees and ten seafood entrees listed as well as fifteen New York style pizza offerings in both a 12 inch and 16 inch size. We will sample pizzas another day.
We must mention the initial starter of fresh, warm, homemade delicious garlic rolls that whet our appetites.
The cannoli shells were filled in- house with an excellent cream. The outsourced apple rustic tart with gelato was very nice but the dessert winner was the homemade tiramisu – a superior traditional favorite! Homemade brownies and NY cheesecake complete the roster of desserts!
Cavalieri’s wines feature a very nice dry Chianti and a Pinot Grigio – by glass, ½ carafe and full carafe plus 5 reds and 4 whites by glass/bottle. Cavalieri offers ten beer choices – are both domestic and imported. Soft drinks, sparkling water and coffee selections are presented.
Pricing is reasonable for the standard menu which was initiated this April – weekly chef specials are featured, too! Cavalieri’s has a varied kids menu at a very realistic price.
For an informal dining experience and attentive service…Go and Enjoy!