The Coastal Star

The Plate: Flatbread inspired by a pasta dish


The Plate:
A Puttanesca Flatbread

The Place: Temple Orange, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 540-4923 or www.templeorangerestaurant.com.

The Price: $19

The Skinny: Many of us have had a pasta puttanesca — you know, pasta tossed in a hearty tomato sauce that’s loaded with capers, bits of anchovy and plenty of hot pepper. 

According to legend, prostitutes would prepare the dish to whet the appetites of sailors for something other than food.

This flatbread draws inspiration from the capers and tomato of its namesake. But it’s much lighter than the classic pasta dish, with a thin, crispy crust that’s topped with plenty of mozzarella, bits of fresh tomato and tender Key West shrimp. 

I also enjoyed the fried mozzarella, an innovative take on the dish, with tangy marinara and spicy pepperonata. 

— Scott Simmons

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