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Sun Times Feature Story

Dal Maestro gives back to their loyal diners

 Over the past year, there have been many outstanding restaurants and eateries opening their doors in southern Broward and northern Miami-Dade Counties. But very few of them have enjoyed the success that Dal Maestro - The Seafood Italian Restaurant has.
With the husband and wife team of Angela and Chef Luigi Criscuolo turning this Hallandale Beach dining experience into one of the best around, it has been a year that has exceeded expectation.
The success of this impressive restaurant, located in the landmark Sage Plaza, has watched diners discover fresh Italian cuisine, heavy on fish and seafood, along with an array of never frozen items that have been the talk of the region.
Because of the many loyal customers who continue to return weekly to sample many of the creations of Chef Luigi, Dal Maestro is giving back - and it will be a one-time opportunity to sample some of the award-winning dishes that will be available.
On Thursday, July 7th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ONLY, Angela and Chef Luigi will celebrate one year in this Hallandale Beach location and will give back by having a upscale food buffet for just two hours for $10. This is easily the best deal anywhere in south Florida!
“We have been so blessed by the reception this community has given us over this past year,” Chef Luigi said. “When we talked about our anniversary, giving back with our best dishes for a low price was saying thank you to all of our customers. We will close all day on Thursday to get ready.”
The two hours will certainly be filled with traditional and not-so-traditional Italian dishes. It’s a night that has Chef Luigi excited about the opportunity to cook for many customers who will take advantage of a culinary opportunity of a lifetime. It will all happen as they step into this restaurant and are taken to anywhere in Italy. The aromas of those northern Italian meals, the tradition of central Italian cuisine and the fresh seafood that has long been a favorite of natives and visitors alike in the south.
As many know, Chef Luigi creates the best dishes you have ever eaten, Angela is the business mind. She has enough experience – from decades of serving the public in her native Sicily – to run the front, take care of the books and step up to help promote and advertise Dal Maestro, which is indeed a very special dining experience.
“We both dreamed of this becoming a reality, nearly three years ago when we got married,” Angela said. “The great thing is that we are both from Italy, but met here on South Beach. It was meant to be.”
Indeed, the combination has not only been successful for the past year in Hallandale Beach, but with the menu that Chef Luigi has created, and continues to add to, this is only the beginning of something big in an industry that is always making claims and never being able to back it up.

While drinks will be separate from the low $10 price, the food that will be served is going to be some of the best you have ever eaten. Among the cuisine featured on this evening will be several ravioli dishes, including the popular Ravioli Pescatore (homemade pasta filled with lobster meat, ricotta & parmesan cheese in a light pink sauce).
Pasta selections, freshly made and cooked to order. Pasta Nera (Black Squid Ink), Linguine Vongole (with clams) and Chef Luigi’s signature Rigatoni Giacomino, named after a close friend, and includes fresh pasta, chunks of local fresh fish, eggplant, mint and is tossed with fresh cherry tomato sauce.
“What we want to do is bring out our very best dishes for this celebration,” Chef Luigi pointed out. “We have great seafood and fish dishes, lasagna, eggplant, salads and we will even feature risotti dishes that will include jumbo shrimp, mussels, calamari - as well as Italian sausage, mushrooms and Parmigiana Reggiano cheese.”
With so many salads on the menu, Dal Maestro will have the chance to showcase a few of the most popular items such as the Caprese, which includes slices of organic tomato, fresh imported Italian Mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic.
Also featured items on this all-you-care-to-eat buffet include homemade lasagna with beef, tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano; fresh pastas and different sauces and ingredients.
“Keep in mind that we get fresh seafood every day from our local sources and direct from Italy, with fish that you cannot get here in this country,” Chef Luigi pointed out. “Fresh daily, never frozen are the words that every diner wants to hear. We also use produce that is locally grown.”

While you are enjoying the evening inside or out on the patio area, overlooking Sage Plaza, there is nothing that completes the experience better than a glass/bottle of wine. Dal Maestro once again rolls out authentic Italian labels – such as white wines Pinot Grigio, Falanghina, Ribolla Gialla and Chardonnay. Rose labels & Italian Champagne are also very popular.

While chicken is not served at many authentic Italian restaurants for dinner, Del Maestro keeps to that long-standing tradition by serving only the freshest fish, shrimp, veal and beef. The chicken is added to the great lunch specials.
Entrees feature Grigiata (Jumbo Shrimp, Octopus, served with pieces of fish and two side dishes), Grilled Salmon and so many other delicious and tasty items that are unique.
“Our menu features fresh Amalfi Coast-style seafood and an Italian coastal cuisine menu,” Chef Luigi said. “We have 40 varieties of fresh local fish flown in daily from around the world’s waters.”
Dal Maestro has joined the competitive lunchtime crowd, and like Chef Luigi does for his popular dinner patrons, lunch is just as satisfying – with platters that include Lasagna, Ravioli, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Tofu and Grilled Salmon.

Dal Maestro - The Seafood Italian Restaurant
Sage Plaza Shopping Center
800 Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009

Tue - Sun   5 pm - 10pm (dinner menu)
Tue to Fri   11.30 am - 3 pm (lunch menu)

Dal Maestro