It is not often that we drive from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale to have lunch. Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant located in Ft. Lauderdale’s well-known Las Olas Boulevard. Everything is made from scratch using fresh and local ingredients.
We started with the Salumi Assortito – A medley of homemade salumi (cured meats that are sliced and served as an appetizer), cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, olive bread complemented with almonds and honey. All on the platter was truly fantastic and plentiful, a generous serving indeed.
The Pizza Margherita D.O.P.* was made with mozzarella di bufala, basil, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. The flavors were really distinct and blended together in perfect harmony.
We had a side of vegetables – Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, tomatoes and onions garnished with pancetta. It was quite a vegetable feast.
The Linguine with clams was just a gorgeous plate of pasta with clams and white wine, gently drizzled with parsley. This dish really embodied the true spirit of comfort food.
Anybody who knows me is aware that I am an authentic meat lover. The New York Strip (Bistecca) was dry aged in house and was stupendous! Served with roasted garlic and rosemary it was juicy and bloody delicious: just the way I like it. A veritable indulgence.
For dessert we had Gelatos Del Giorno – icy, creamy and delicious.
Chef Louie Bossi hails from New York and was raised by a single mother. He taught himself to cook at the age of eight. He moved to Florida in 2000 and fell in love with the area.
Chef Louie Bossi
Chef Louie has a special love for pizza and became a Master Pizza Maker from the Scoula Italiana Pizzaoili. His love for food does not stop with pizza – he sources local pork for his house-made charcuterie and creates different styles of cured and smoked meats.
The outdoor courtyard at Louie Bossi’s is really lovely and welcoming; the indoor décor is simply elegant but not stuffy. The food on the menu is made from scratch and includes 14 different pastas, house made salumi, dry-aged steaks, gelato, breads, Neopolitan pizzas and lemoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur). They serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on weekends.
The bar offers an exciting array of wines; cocktails and beers .The restaurant just opened in June and has been packed for lunch and dinner since then.
Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria deserves a visit. If you go once, I am sure that you will return again and again and again…
Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria
1032 East Las Olas Boulevard
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
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* D.O.P. is an acronym for Denominazione di Origine Protetta. The Italian term for the EU system of Protected Designation of Origin, laws that protect the names of specialty food products with a specific geographic origin. If you see it on a menu the restaurant is expressing that the product they are using in making a dish is the genuine article sourced from the correct region.