The Plate: An antipasto from an unexpected place

The Plate: Antipasto for one

The Place: The Hive Bar and Grill, 618 Lantana Road, Lantana; 513-9168 or www.thehivebarandgrill.com.

The Price: $9

The Skinny: For many years, the building at Lantana Road and Sixth Street was home to Pearl’s.

But Pearl went on to her reward and The Hive is filling some of the void in Lantana for a community gathering space for lunch, dinner and late-night crowds.

It was quiet the Friday afternoon I visited — four tables of folks who clearly were regulars at The Hive were having a grand time.

A cup of the chili ($4) delivered a hearty helping of stew, packed with beans and ground beef that had a slightly smoky flavor. It also was packed with onion and red peppers.

The antipasto for one ($9) really was enough for two, with plenty of crisp, fresh romaine, plus salami, black olives, roasted peppers, tomatoes, pickled artichokes, pepperoncini, strips of provolone and hot cherry peppers. The sweet, tangy dressing that accompanied was a perfect foil to the salty meat, cheese and olives.

— Scott Simmons

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