In Mesoraca, a small city in the “toe” of Italy’s boot, generations of the Carvelli family gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate life’s best moments with handmade pastas, distinct spices, rich meats, and fine wines. And, some 20 years ago, one member of the family decided that this food, this experience belonged in America as well.
As with most great stories, the tale begins in New York City, where the family’s first restaurant endeavor, near one the city’s famous theatres, catered to budding Broadway and Hollywood stars. The younger generations of Carvellis fell in love with the concept, the idea of sharing hometown family-style dinners and recipes with more and more people. So, in true New York fashion, they flocked south for the winter and invested in a restaurant opportunity on Marco Island on the west coast of Florida.
The restaurant is DaVinci’s and has emerged as a centerpiece on Marco Island. Growing from just over 40 seats 20 years ago to nearly 250 seats today, Ristorante DaVinci’s welcomes locals, snowbirds, and tourists with warmth and delightful gourmet food.
Of course, in the true spirit of the Carvelli family, anything this good is meant to be shared. Late last year, DaVinci’s of Boca Raton opened its doors in Town Center mall, boasting an outdoor patio, a private dining room for events, and a rich ambiance carefully cultivated by the Carvelli family.
The word to describe dining at DaVinci’s of Boca is authenticity. Handmade pasta dishes that melt in your mouth, like the Agnolotti Alle Costine Di Manzo, beef short ribs wrapped in pasta pockets and served with mascarpone cheese and truffle fondue. The wine list is approachable, including wines by the glass ranging between $12 and $15. The Italian varietals are unique and inspiring—grapes you just don’t find many places in South Florida. Desserts, such as the Sea Salt Caramel Tiramisu, will tantalize your taste buds, especially when paired with a macchiato made from coffee beans straight from Naples, Italy, where it is rumored the best coffee in the world exists.
If happy hour is more your speed after a day of shopping, DaVinci’s offers a wide selection of appetizers and craft cocktails. Try the creamy, salty Burrata Caprese with the Fall Light martini, a refreshing cocktail shaken with pear Grey Goose vodka and prosecco. Weekly specials for the after-work crowd and the late-night patrons are available, along with live music on select evenings.
It’s been said that the Italians enjoy a slower pace of life, rich with good food, family, and friends. Take a moment to embrace an authentic Italian dining experience with the Carvelli family, indulge at DaVinci’s in Boca Raton.
DaVinci’s of Boca Raton | Town Center Mall | 6000 Glades Rd #1229 | Boca Raton, FL 33431 |561-362-8466 | www.DaVincisofBoca.com
Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations welcome.