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Coastal Themes Meet Italian Cuisine At Scusi Trattoria

Modern and coastal meet Italian dining at Scusi Trattoria, a restaurant in PGA Commons that opened in November.

Owned and created by world-renowned chef Laurent Tourondel, Scusi has an after-work, beach-casual vibe with fine-dining, mouth-watering morsels. It’s a delightful combination that allows for easy conversation and a relaxed atmosphere without sacrificing the most important aspect of any restaurant: the cuisine.

“It’s a homey restaurant, not too fancy,” Tourondel says. “I love the area of Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. It’s a great area, beautiful.”

Outside, guests can choose between tables hidden under white-and-blue-striped umbrellas or a bar with heaters for chillier Florida evenings.

Inside the more than 5,000-square-foot restaurant the seating options are more bountiful. There’s an indoor bar and a lower-lit, intimate dining area, but we recommend a seat next to the open kitchen that buzzes with activity. Watch as fresh macaroni pops from its machine, fire dances in the wood-burning pizza oven and dish after dish appears at the counter, each more colorful and aromatic than the last.

Octopus N’duja

“[The restaurant] is very coastal by the looks, by the way the dishes are designed,” Tourondel says. “There’s a variety of dishes… You can come to eat at Scusi three times a week, and you’ll be fine.”

The veal and pork meatballs and burrata are a great way to start. The meatballs are tender and expertly seasoned, while the fresh burrata bursts onto its bed of chilled arrabbiata, cherry tomatoes, basil and filone, a classic yeast bread. 

For the mains, Italian staples of pasta and pizza are a necessity. Each pizza is created Neapolitan-style with a thin crust and a little char. Mamma Mia, the Margherita pizza, is a must-try. 

The pasta is made fresh daily, and it shows through its taste and incredible texture. Options range from a succulent spaghetti to a spicy bucatini lobster “fra diavolo.” Carb-cutters will find that Scusi offers a delectable selection of fish and filets.

Wood Baked Branzino Al Limone

For dessert, classic gelato or sorbetti won’t disappoint, but opt for one of the featured creations such as the lemon ricotta gelato served on a slice of watermelon with mint, lime zest, grapefruit, melon and honey. Chocolate and coffee lovers will enjoy the Scusiramisu—a decadent play on the classic Italian dessert of chocolate gianduja and mascarpone, espresso speculoos, banana, cinnamon and dulce de leche.

Scusi Trattoria, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.429.6938; scusirestaurants.com

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