Visiting Café Sapori is a must! It starts out great, especially on a rainy night, because you don't have to get wet even for a moment. You drive into a port cochere and navigate a covered walkway into a room that is hospitable, but at the same time, not-at-all-stuffy. There is a large and inviting front room for private parties tucked behind a long bank of beautiful, faceted glass French doors.
A tasty assortment of interesting breads arrived with menus immediately, and our waiter took our drink orders right away as well. The menu is quite extensive for an Italian restaurant. Even four anti-garlic foodies had a good selection, unusual in many Italian eateries in South Florida. For an appetizer, hubby and I shared a full size order of pappardelle in a light, but meaty, veal Bolognese sauce as an appetizer. Laura's salad was beautifully presented, fresh, unusual, just wonderful! It had shaved fennel, fava beans and orange segments and was lightly anointed by citrus vinaigrette. Rodney's prosciutto di Parma over melon was just as good. The melon was nice and sweet, counterpointed by the not- overly-salty imported prosciutto. Entrees devoured by the 4 of us included snapper livornese which was fresh and well seasoned with the requisite tomatoes, olives, to name just a few ingredients. Eddy and I shared a Mediterranean sea bass which was very similar to branzino. It was grilled simply, accompanied only by juicy grilled lemon and olive oil and served over evenly and lovingly diced vegetables, a mélange of carrots, zucchini, and potatoes. In a word...sublime!
The menu lists separate sections of tapas, salads, antipasti, soups, focaccia and pizzas, and that's before you even get to the fresh pastas, dried pasta, meats, fish, vegetables etc, etc, etc! Really, an excellent assortment... Laura shared her dessert with us, an apple almond tart. That was not my cup of tea, a bit too mushy for my taste, but there were several other great sounding desserts on the menu, albeit no room in our bellies.
To sum it up, Food was fresh, imaginative, well prepared, and delicious. Prices were in the upper-moderate range. We'd go back in a heartbeat, BUT, not on a Saturday night. You guessed it: a high noise level of people obviously enjoying the experience was the only downside to this otherwise perfect restaurant!