By Becki Coffy
If you are looking for authentic, wonderful Italian food, then look no further than Antonio’s Ristoranté in The Cove Shopping Center. Owners Alex Poulous and Paul Ferorelli have created a little piece of Italy right here in Deerfield Beach. As soon as my husband and I walked through the door we were greeted with the tantalizing scents of tomato, basil, garlic and fresh bread. White tablecloths and soft colors invite you to sit and relax. Fried calamari, mussels and calamari Antonio, scungilli salad, mozzarella sticks and homemade soups are available to start your meal. We chose to skip the appetizers and head straight for the entree. Before we ordered we were served a big basket of fresh garlic rolls. The rolls can be ordered with or without garlic, but when in Rome… The rolls were soft, warm, tender and covered with fresh garlic and olive oil.
For his entrée our waitress, Alli, suggested my husband try the chicken Dijon. This chicken dish is sauteed with mushrooms and artichoke hearts and served in a white wine and Dijon mustard sauce with cream. His meal included either soup or salad and a side of pasta with red sauce. He chose to start with the pasta fagiloi soup that was thick with beans, pasta and a hearty broth. There are many other chicken dishes to choose from including chicken marsala, fancese, parmagiana, and cacciatore to mention a few. I began my meal with the garden salad. Creamy garlic, an Italian vinegarette and creamy romano dressings are available. I tried the creamy romano and it was delicious. Since Antonio’s is well known for its fresh fish, I decided to try one of the daily specials and ordered the snapper francese. The fish was tender, moist and lightly breaded and cooked in a fresh lemon, broth and cream sauce. To go with my snapper I chose the broccoli sauteed with toasted fresh garlic and olive oil and could not have been happier. The garlic was crisp and complemented the vegetable perfectly. My partner selected the pasta with red sauce as his side. The homemade sauce was thick and rich and full of spices and tomatoes. It was a wonderful deliciate sauce for his pasta.
Antonio’s menu offers veal choices such as veal milanese, marsala, francese and parmagiana. Pasta dishes include pasta with garlic and oil, meatballs or sausage, marinara sauce, fettuccine alfredo, penne alla vodka, angel hair carbonara and more. Shrimp scampi, fra daivolo and armando (shrimp sauteed with scallions, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts in a rose sauce) and linguini with white or red clam sauce are just a few of the seafood dishes available. Of course the traditional lasagna, ravioli and ziti are always a popular selection.
For a more casual dinner you may order a calzone or stromboli or try one of their homemade or specialty pizzas. There are daily specials that should not be missed. The night we dined at Antonio’s we could choose from snapper, tilapia and salmon. All fish may be ordered francese or broiled. Owner Paul Ferorelli, feels the secret to their wonderful cuisine is the consistency. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try their cheesecake or any of their traditional Italian desserts such as canolli, tiarimisu and spamoni ice cream. Be sure to give this restaurant a try the first chance you get. You will not be disappointed. Antonio’s has been part of the Deerfield Beach community for the past 40 years. Formerly open for business in the Publix shopping plaza on Federal Hwy., Antonio’s is located at 1636 SE 3 Ct. in The Cove Shopping Center.