The first-time visitor’s response to Paradiso Ristorante generally is two-fold.
One: “I can’t believe such an elegant restaurant exists in Lake Worth.’’
Two: “I will be back soon.’’
Each response brings a big smile to the face of Owner/Chef Angelo Romano, who oversees one of the best-kept culinary secrets in Palm Beach County and beyond. Located on Lucerne Ave., Paradiso Ristorante is exudes Old World charm – from its wall murals to white table cloths to tuxedo-clad waiters to a gratto-style wine cellar.
The menu? All you need to know is that Paradiso Ristorante that has thrived for 22 years in an area where many restaurants have failed in their first 12 months.
“You have to love your business. You have to have a passion for it,’’ said Romano, who was raised in Italy’s Amalfi Coast and began his culinary career at the famed Terrazza Tiberio restaurant on the Isle of Capri. “It’s going to have its ups and downs. But the important thing is consistency in service and food.’’
Check each of those boxes at Paradiso Ristorante. There’s no better service in Palm Beach County and Romano’s menu – beginning with the Branzino Ceviche and Burrato Antipasto – is among the most flavorful in all of South Florida.
Pasta? My favorite is the Beet Pasta Tortelloni, filled with Veal and Porcini Mushrooms, Artichoke and Veal Stock with a touch of cream. If you’re looking for a good pasta sampling, go with the Rittico Di Pasta – a chef’s selection of three pastas.
The Scaloppine Di Vitello (thinly Pounded Veal Scaloppine and Lemon Butter Sauce) is a “must have,’’ as is the Salmon Con Crosta Di Granchio (Salmon Filet, Encrusted with Crab Meat and served with Black Risotto Primavera and Champagne Mustard Sauce.
Paradio Ristorante is one of the few places in Palm Beach County that serves more exotics, so be sure to ask if venison is on the menu. If that’s the case, don’t miss the melt-in-your-mouth venison with huckleberry sauce.
One bite and you’ll know why Paradiso Ristorante is a South Florida treasure.