Prezzo's Shrimp Francese Photo by Prezzo
For diners who think a restaurant’s ambiance is just as important as the food, Prezzo could be an excellent choice.
The Italian trattoria, which originated in Boca Raton, is set to open in Palm Beach Gardens in November. Known for its imaginative interpretations of Italian classics and an upbeat, lively atmosphere, Prezzo strives to deliver a convivial neighborhood vibe. The new Prezzo trattoria at PGA Commons Plaza was formerly the home of Scusi, which closed its doors in recent years and housed Vic and Angelo’s for 14 years before that. The PGA Commons location is a go-to destination for locals.
Restaurateur Burt Rapport of Burt and Max fame infused the iconic 90’s era Prezzo in Boca Raton with new life four years ago. The new Prezzo, located at 4520 PGA Blvd, will feature weekday lunch, date night dinner, and happy hour bar bites daily, with a weekend brunch in the works. The idea is to appeal to diners of all ages.
Managing partner Eddie Pozzuoli is working with Rapoport on the new Palm Beach Gardens Prezzo restaurant, and they are planning to open other Prezzo locations after that. Mr. Pozzuoli, the owner of Tavolino Della Notte (Little Table of the Night) on Sample Road in Coral Springs, has always been into fine food served in a pleasant atmosphere.
The Prezzo brand is no stranger to Palm Beach Gardens. Another Prezzo restaurant opened previously in the Prosperity Centre Plaza on PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road by Burt Rapoport and then partner Dennis Max as a spinoff of the original Prezzo in Boca Raton.
The menu of the new Prezzo location found inspiration in the flavors of the Boca menu, which is rooted in the New York Italian style. Prezzo Palm Beach Gardens will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a Mediterranean flair. The large patio will also feature an outdoor bar for diners to enjoy their meal and drinks in the fresh air.
Pozzuoli said diners will enjoy classic Italian cuisine with some twists, such as traditional Chicken Parmesan and a Veal Milanese that is pound to a size that fills the entire plate. The arrabbiata pizza is topped with Calabrian chili tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, basil, and infused extra-virgin olive oil.
Like the original Prezzo, the new location will serve complimentary roasted garlic knobs paired with focaccia breadsticks to introduce the meal.
Pozzuoli partnered with Rapoport to run the Prezzo brand two years ago. Rapoport is a third-generation restaurateur and president of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group in Delray Beach. He is known for high-quality cuisine at a good value in a welcoming atmosphere. He served on the advisory board for Johnson & Wales, the largest culinary university in the nation, for more than 10 years.
Rapoport’s Restaurant Group includes Max’s Grille in Mizner, alongside Burt & Max’s and Deck 84 in Delray Beach. A Chinese restaurant, Pagoda Kitchen, is in the works for suburban Delray Beach with acclaimed Chef Bryan Emperor. The restaurant is taking the space of the former Apiero at the Delray Marketplace to satisfy the craving for the kind of Chinese food found in New York and San Francisco.
Prezzo is due to open later this year.