Some food briefs for Monday:
Five Guys Burgers is poised to open today on Clematis in downtown West Palm Beach. The chain wins awards for both its burgers and fries. Note the sign on the wall giving the name of the city and farm where the potatoes are from that make the fries that week (or day) – it changes often. We’re a fan of the skin-on fries, even though they’re somewhat greasy and often, limp. Warning about portions: Their regular burger is jumbo. (We like all the free topping choices – local burger places should offer more.) The small one is just right for us. But you can’t have it your way – it’s cooked well done, take it or leave it. Five Guys is at 330 Clematis Street; open from 11:30 a.m. till late night (still undetermined), daily. . .
Assaggio del Forno, the newest from Dennis Max, is open in Boca Raton. It’s a casual restaurant and bar with pizza, pasta, homestyle regional Italian dishes all from a wood-fired oven. Chef Patrick Broadhead, Max’s corporate chef, is cooking. It’s in the Regency Court Plaza at Woodfield. At 3011 Yamato Road; the 200 seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. . .
Vivo Partenza, the Bova’s restaurant on Federal Highway in Boca, is offering a 3-course dinner for $35 all during March – selections will change daily. Their vintage wine list is half-off, too – with notable bottles such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak, Alexander Valley 1998, Solaia, Antinori, Toscana 2001; Sori Tilden, Gaja, Langhe 1996 and Barolo, Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano, DOCG Italy, 2003, 2004. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. everyday with drinks half off and bar specials like the Kobe beef sliders. Vivo Partenza is at 1450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. . .
Tongues are wagging and texts are flying after news that David Manero has been ousted as managing partner of Vic N’ Angelos, The Office and Burger Fi restaurants in Broward and Delray Beach leaked out. Employees who saw armed guards posted at the restaurants Thursday reported the action; a brief in the Miami Herald mentions that investor John Rosatti, the moneyman behind the restaurant, did the booting. While there’s no word on the catalyst, other unconfirmed rumors have indicated officials – possibly FBI – seized documents at the corporate offices on Atlantic Avenue above Vic N Angelo’s. Reports that Manero was arrested are untrue. A former employee, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, said money woes allegedly were behind the closing of Vic N Angelo’s in Miami earlier this year, despite the restaurant’s popularity.