Just had the pleasure of dining here at the Isle of Capri Racino (Pompano Beach Casino at the former Harness Track on Powerline Road just south of Atlantic Bvd.).
We had planned on checking out the buffet but the lines were so long we went upstairs to look at the menus of the 2 new restaurants and wound up easting at Bragozzo.
We requested to be seated at the food bar overlooking the kitchen so we could watch the various dishes being prepared. How glad we are we did! Anyhow, the service was great -- we were waited on by two different servers. We were given a comp taste of a hot cheese dish in marsala (sorry don't have official name; but it's on the appetizer list) -- yummy melted cheese in a nice contrast to the slightly sweet wine. Wound up sharing a few of the appetizers -- all of which will recommend highly. BTW, the bread basket contained bread sticks, flat crackers, and focaccia nicely salted and seasoned. My husband had the prosciutto and melon -- very tender, melt in your mouth thin slices paired with small melon balls that came in a little cup of red port (sherry?). I started with a refreshing arugula salad that was lightly lemony with slivers of parmesan cheese. My husband then had the tuna carpaccio -- seared on the outside like a tataki dish. He ate up every bite. My piece de resistance was a "skinny chicken" (the italian translation) -- which DOESN"T have any chicken in it! Two small toasts top with two large chunks of crab meat each and drizzled with remoulade sauce, Three large (size 12) shrimp, and a half a main lobster tail. This is accompanied by cold, miniature veggies -- like carrots, and beets, olives, capers, small pine nuts...all topped with a tasty seasoned mix of herbs and olive oil. Absolutely wonderful!!
We were too full to try their deserts....
Anyhow, sitting at the counter, we got to watch their home made pastas being prepared and sauced. Especially interesting (and possibilities for the next time we come) were the linguine with clams, the very meaty bolognese sauces, and the lobster ravioli that came with a browned butter sauce. In additon, we could watch the meats being grilled -- items like lamb chops, beef filets, large veal chops. The portions are huge and can easily be shared....and looked nicely plated. Oh yes, a few of the fish dishes caught my eye as well.
During the meal the maite d' came over to check that we were doing okay; one of the chefs had given us the freebie tasting of the cheese in marsala; He shook my husband's hand and asked him to come back as we were leaving; The pasta chef answered our questions about a few of the dishes he had prepared and he asked us to come back; four other people thanked us for coming. The restaurant was packed....Oh, and we were in jeans!!
Would we go back? Absolutely positively!! The only hard part will be deciding what next to try....
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