Giovanni Rocchio, chef-owner of Valentino Cucina Italiana in Fort Lauderdale, worked at his father’s restaurant in Plantation, also Valentino, before cooking in New York and returning to open his own place. Here’s where Rocchio eats:
1. Drunken Dragon
Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Soy, Crispy Red Mullet.
1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-397-8556.
2. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge
Chef Luke Bergman is the best in Miami. Duck Duo: Must-try.
1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8860.
Hamachi, Beef Carpaccio.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272.
4. The Local Craft Food & Drink
When chef Phil Bryant has it on special: Grilled Foie Gras Terrine.
150 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-648-5687.
Tuna Poke. Delish!
1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-4612.
Watermelon Salad with Farmer Cheese.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220.
7. Café Boulud
Anything chef Rick Mace does is fantastic. Place has a very romantic setting.
301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060.
Hot Dog Panini with Sauerkraut.
350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450.
9. Osteria Acqua & Farina
When chef-owner Attilio Reale is at the brick oven, the pizzas are the best in South Florida.
1145 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-1115.
Whatever these guys do is great.
1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.