We are having one of the most brutal winters this country has seen in decades, literally affecting every state. It’s cold outside. It’s cold inside. Here in Florida we’re rather perplexed, mystified even puzzled by this crazy ‘cold spell’ grabbing a hold of our sun-kissed oranges and freezing the juice right out of them. How do we stay warm? How do we go about our open-toe, bare-legged, sleeveless shirt, sunny (and warm) lifestyle when it’s 34-degrees outside? I certainly don’t have the answer to that. I’m the one who strolled Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach last night with a friend in knee-high leather boots, a full length suede skirt, monochromatically complimented with 2 oversized wool sweaters and gloves; I looked like Mama Bear on the hunt for food before hibernation.
And sure enough, warmth, comfort and food was found at Tramonti Italian Ristoriante on Atlantic Avenue. Holiday lights still adorn the charming and inviting Atlantic Avenue making this little town sparkle even more than it normally does. Tramonti literally called out to us, the outdoor terrace was perfectly lit with its complimenting twinkling lights to its host Atlantic Avenue; the handsome waiters complete with Italian accents stood bewildered (and freezing) in their outdoor section waiting for a guest, any guest brave enough to sit outdoors and enjoy all the dining marvels Tramonti has to offer. I’ll tell you, my friend and I were not that brave, we already walked 5 blocks and couldn’t stop laughing about the weather and ourselves. We needed inside and fast. The minute we walked in it was a haven of warmth and comfort. Every single table was taken it was a hustling and bustling scene of culinary wonder. The smells, the gorgeous plates of pasta, lively conversations illuminated the air it made you feel happy I actually stood there and smiled. So this is where everyone is. Everyone is at Tramonti. My friend and I made our way to the bar, the owner Gino Silvestri was there keeping a watchful eye over his jewel. It’s no surprise this gem of a restaurant sparkles as it does with the gregarious and engaging Mr. Silvestri at the helm. Tramonti is the sister restaurant of one of New York City’s most popular, successful and much loved Italian restaurants, located in Little Italy, “Angelo’s of Mulberry St.”
Tramonti offers some of my favorite wines by the glass, Deerfield Ranch Red Rex, Sangiovese and Shiraz along with Robledo Sauvignon Blanc. We were a bit pressed for time as we were meeting others to round out our Wednesday night rendezvous and I’ll tell you my friend had to pull me away with cajoling bribes of Funghi Selvatici Del Bosco and Gnocchi Sorrentina with a bottle of Black Coyote Cabernet Reserve at a later date. I conceded, begrudgingly. We didn’t even get to eat. You’ve really got to be kidding me I’m at Tramonti and I didn’t eat??! Is that even possible?! This is one promise I’m holding him to. We’re going back. I dreamed of Gnocchi’s last night. We’re going back. I’ll even sit outside but we’re going back. Stay tuned dear readers because I’ve been scoping out the online menu all morning and this is going to be one dinner story for the books!
Tramonti Italian Ristoriante
119 East Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444-3724