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Have you heard the downtown Boca Buzz these days? It’s all about a new local restaurant in downtown Boca Raton where you can actually drive by and see your peeps dining outside. I’ve been driving by since it opened wondering why it’s always so crowded.
Finally, I got the invite to taste and experience what everyone has been raving about in downtown Boca Raton.
Here are 7 reasons why it’s hard to get a table at Louie Bossi’s Downtown Boca Raton
If you don’t drive out of your zip code, then you may not know that Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria, expanded from its flagship location on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard to Boca Raton.
The 300-seat restaurant is located in the newly opened Hyatt Place Hotel on the corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. It features 8,000 square feet of indoor seating and a 2,000 square foot patio. With an outside bar and large fire pit, you and your friends will hang out all night even in the summer heat.
According to Big Time Restaurant Group founder Todd Herbst, “Louie Bossi’s looks like 1940s Rome had an affair with 1940s Lower East Side in New York City. Whimsical light fixtures, a massive turn of the century oak fireplace and 500-year-old stone gargoyles complete the mood.”
The carved oak fireplace is a reproduction of several fireplaces Herbst saw on his most recent wine tour and truffle hunt in Italy. It was made by a highly skilled wood craftsmen/carver from Boca Raton.
You better make a reservation because this place is happening. From Martini Mondays to a DJ spinning tunes in the bar area, Louie Bossie has something for everyone and you will see everyone. Every day is Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm with half priced pizzas at the bar only. The salami and proscutto tasting plates are the perfect pairing with their wine and cocktail menus.
The mixologist for Louie Bossi’s is Ervin Machado. He is a level 2 sommelier with a deep knowledge of Italian cocktails and liquors. Machado speaks five languages and recently returned from Italy. The restaurant features a full menu of handcrafted cocktails, including Italian classics, Negroni, Sgroppino Alla Pera, Bicicletta, and Rosso Toscano. The Cucumber Martini made with bombay gin, fresh cucumber, and house-made celery bitters was so refreshing on a warm South Florida night.
Louie Bossi’s features a state of the art kitchen including a wood-burning pizza oven for Neapolitan style pizzas. With its two double-door dry aging and curing refrigerators, my husband and I feasted on Steak for two with a side of fingerling potatoes and Brussel sprouts.
The Homemade Pasta
Louie Bossi’s is a high volume restaurant with a scratch kitchen, making 12 kinds of pasta in house. The Linguine Nero with squid ink pasta, shrimp, chilis and rapini is a must-try!
It’s one of the few restaurants with an in-house artisan bakery program and an in-house charcuterie program. All the breads, desserts, as well as gelatos, are made in house. The desserts were unbelievable and from the Italian Ice Cream Sundae to the Louie Nonna’s Chessecake.
The Late Night Munchies
The restaurant is open Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, a full dinner menu is served until midnight and pizza served until 1 a.m.
Thank you to Louie Bossi’s for hosting me for a delicious evening. Louie Bossi is located at 100 East Palmetto Park in Boca Raton, Florida.