Sunday, August 24, 2014

SANTUCCI - West Palm Beach, FL

As I was beginning to decide where we should go for my Husbands bday dinner, I began to ask around for some suggestions.  I had heard a few people recommend a fairly new restaurant off of Clematis called Santucci.
With no official website and only a facebook page, I was hoping I found a diamond in the rough, unfortunately that was not the case.


Walking into Santucci, the restaurant reminds you of being in South Beach or even Vegas.  Modern, clean lines, and all white.  I loved the decor of the restaurant. A long glass that lets you view right inside the kitchen, everyone has a great view.

Once seated, bread was served.  The bread was homemade and warm.  The oil and vinegar was delicious.  You could taste and see that the olive oil was of good quality due to the color and taste of.


We started with a few appetizers.  As a special they had burrata served with tomatoes and a mushroom carpaccio served with truffle oil.  We also tried their prosciutto with melon.

The burrata was fair.  Not creamy enough for me.  Usually when you break into the burrata you would find  a real creamy center, this tasted like mozzarella.  True Burrata is stuffed with cream and curd.  Usually it will ooze out cream when broken into.


The Mushroom Carpaccio was unusual and not something you see on a menu often.  The mushrooms were tasty, however the salad vinegar overpowered the dish.  This dish could have been better if the mushrooms were sliced more finely and just drizzled with truffle oil.



The prosciutto with Melon was probably my favorite appetizer.  The prosciutto was freshly sliced, as we could see the enormous piece sliced in the kitchen.


We started off to a bad start when choosing our entree selection. Lasagna was listed on the menu and probably about 3 people in our party were going to order.  Then we were informed they were out of lasagna for the night, but lasagna has not been on the menu for a few months.  Possibly time for an updated menu?

I ordered the Tagliarelle Al Ragu Di Bologna, tagaliatelle pasta(I asked for rigatoni) in a pork and beef tomato sauce.  The pasta was delicious and the sauce was meaty and full of flavor.  I would recommend to anyone.  The portion was also a great size.


Brandt ordered the Agnlotti Al Prosciutto Di Parma.  Pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach,served with a tomato and parmesan cheese sauce.  I am not a huge ravioli fan, so I may not be the best judge, however I felt that this dish was lacking flavor.  The cheese was a little overpowering for me.  If you like rich sauces, this may be the dish for you.



Kelli ordered the Risotto Toscano, shrimp and zucchini risotto.  Again, I have had better risotto.  The risotto was fishy in flavor.


Mike ordered the Scaloppine Di Pollo in Portafoglio.  Chicken stuffed with ham and fontina cheese.  Served with mushrooms and pink sauce.  Mike loved it, the sauce is very rich, so if you are an alfredo lover, this one is for you.


Cory ordered the linguine with clams.  Delicious, one of the best things of the night. The noodles were tender and cooked al dente.  The sauce was garlicy and light.



Overall my experience at Santucci was not as expected.  I found the servers to be unfriendly and the food mediocre.  There were a few dishes I would come back for, but as resident of Jupiter, Santucci is not worth the drive into West Palm Beach.

Cheers!


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Santucci
610 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561.331.9640


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