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Restaurant Review: Mancini Modern Italian

May 16, 2013

I went to Mancini Modern Italian in Fort Lauderdale not too long ago and was blown away by the food! Check out my review of the restaurant on MunchThis.net or read the article below. Let me know what you think!

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When you visit an Italian restaurant, it is often the case that the same, cookie-cutter menu is in place – pastas, pizzas and a few “original” antipasti. The opposite is true of Mancini Modern Italian in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Restaurateur Jack Mancini has done it again with this contemporary Italian spot.

Located on East Las Olas Boulevard, Mancini Modern Italian is warm and inviting, with a chic décor and illuminated indoor-outdoor bar area. As far as the food, when creating a dish, fresh and local ingredients constantly inspire executive Chef Claudio Sandri.

Sandri worked alongside celebrity chef Roberto Donna for more than eight years at the acclaimed Galileo restaurant in Washington D.C. before working at the previous Mancini restaurant in Las Olas. Did I mention he and chef Donna were on an episode of Food Network’s “Iron Chef” and the duo reigned supreme against esteemed chef Masaharu Morimoto? Impressive. Very impressive.

When explaining the vision for Mancini Modern Italian, chef Sandri says:

“Although the restaurant specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, we’re trying to take another road and see how to change it a little bit – whether it’s the plating, the presentation or something else,” he said.

While on the topic of the not-so-standard Italian restaurant, Mancini Modern Italian offers hand-pulled mozzarella, freshly made tableside, served alongside a thick fig and balsamic vinegar jam.

Freshly-made mozzarella right before your eyes!

Freshly made mozzarella right before your eyes!

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My review of OCEAN2000 for MunchThis.net!

February 7, 2013

I was recently invited to the reopening of OCEAN2000, a newly revamped restaurant in South Florida. You can check out the article I wrote for MunchThis.net in this link! Or, if you prefer, the simple version of the post (text only, without many pictures) is listed below.

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South Florida style surf-and-turf can be found at OCEAN2000

The main dining area inside OCEAN2000

The main dining area inside OCEAN2000

The OCEAN2000 restaurant at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale can officially be called seafood heaven for foodies everywhere. But don’t be upset meat eaters; you’ll definitely find delicious dishes here, as well. Its reopening brings dishes to life with fresh flavors and a local twist. Continue Reading…