Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekend Cooking- Lucca at the Boca Raton Resort and Club

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Last week my husband had a conference at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. We had been there fifteen years ago and had a wonderful meal at their restaurant located at the top of the tower. We had chateaubriand for two and a gorgeous chocolate dessert, served in a chocolate cigar box filled with little  chocolate treats.
Boca Raton Resort and Club (from their website)
We visited the tower restaurant again, now called the blue, for dinner. The view of the Intercoastal Waterway and the ocean is lovely; unfortunately, the view was the best part of the meal. The food was OK, but nothing spectacular.
The view from the blue restaurant
On our second night, friends we know from Central New York were vacationing two and half hours away, and they drove all that way to come have dinner with us at the Italian restaurant located in the resort, Lucca.

That meal was much better. It started with our Romanian waiter who went into extensive detail on just about every item on the menu- how it was created, what was in it, why it is the best thing you will ever eat. While Gabriel was entertaining, it was a bit overwhelming.

We all shared appetizers. I ordered the burratini special- a homemade burrata with peaches, arugula and prosciutto that was refreshing and delicious. The eggplant rollatini was the consensus best appetizer, maybe the best dish of the meal.
Burrata appetizer

My husband had the Veal Scallopini Marsala, and he declared it the second best veal dish he has ever had, after Michael's Restaurant back in our old stomping grounds of Auburn, NY. My rigatoni with meatballs was very good as well.
Rigatoni with meatballs
For dessert, we all shared the Chocolate Fondue, or maybe I should say we all fought over it. They serve it for $9 person, and you get the chocolate fondue in the center, served with fresh strawberries, homemade angel food cake cubes, brownie bites, biscotti and homemade marshmallows that were heavenly. I'm not a marshmallow person, but man, those were tasty.
Mmmm...chocolate fondue
There is also a Serendipity 3 located in the resort, and I had a marinated grilled chicken sandwich served with a mustard-mayo spread that was fantastic. It was the best chicken sandwich I have ever had. I wish they served at the Serendipity 3 here in NYC.

The resort is beautiful, it opened in the 1920s and has the elegant feel of that era. It was nice to see the sun for a few days too, as the weather back in NYC has not been so nice this spring.



5 comments:

  1. I especially love the look of the rigatoni and meatballs. I'd like to try that combination. The fondue looks very luxurious. Homemade marshmallows? Wow!

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  2. Yum - I love Burrata and the peaches, arugula, and prosciutto accompaniments sound delicious - and unique…I've never seen that combo before!

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  3. Chocolate fondue makes me think of the 70's! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  4. How sad that the Blue wasn't as good as the restaurant from days past, but it looks like you more than made up it. :) I love veal and that's what I probably would have ordered too. Gabriel sounds like quite the character.

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  5. Wow. Yum. Your second two meals sound delicious. I would have had a hard time sharing the chocolate fondue!

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