The Plate: Pizza
The Place: Josie’s Ristorante, 1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 354-9601 or www.josiesristorante.com
The Price: $14.50 for a large, plus $2.10 per topping
The Skinny: I remember when Josie’s essentially was a hole in the wall with a counter that sold pizzas to go.
The restaurant still sells food to go, but it’s decidedly higher end than my first visit to the place some 30 years ago, with menu items by star chef Mark Militello, an original member of the Mango Gang of chefs who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s creating food that used Florida ingredients.
We decided to try a pizza during a recent visit and loved the light, crisp crust. The tomato sauce was slightly piquant, and the toppings, pepperoni and hot peppers, were plentiful.
The “Summer’s Finally Here” special offers an added incentive to order pizza: A 16-inch pie with one topping is available for $8.99 Mondays and Tuesdays.
Service the Sunday evening we visited was off, but that seemed to be an aberration. Next time, I want to try the pan-seared scallops.
— Scott Simmons