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27 MAR

The Battle for Italian Supremacy in Jupiter

By Jeff Lichtenstein

The Battle for Italian Supremacy in Jupiter

In my last review of Northern Palm Beaches Italian restaurants Limoncello (which subsequently moved to PBG) was boss.  Now I’m going to pick one right in my own backyard, Jupiter Oceanfront Communities.

A few weeks ago on a plane returning from New York, I had an open middle seat between me and my row-mate. I thought I was going to put the ear buds in and catch a movie. Manchester By The Sea was playing which I hadn’t seen.

Then a funny thing happened. My row-mate and I began chatting. She lived in Ocean Royale and had a home at Ocean Walk too. She had a 1031 Exchange question about selling the Ocean Walk home and luckily I knew the answer. We discussed real estate for 10 minutes, but I didn’t want to come off as the “chatty real-estate-only-guy.” So I segued to food… What else?

Being both from the New York/New Jersey area of course Italian food was the first up. I stood by Limoncello and she stood by Uncle Eddie’s! I had never been to Uncle Eddies before so I was a bit skeptical. It was right across from Beachcomber where I had a listing last year, but no one ever mentioned it until now. She was a delightful well-heeled north-easterner so I thought I should listen.

Uncle Eddie’s is just as it sounds, a local favorite. I sat at the bar catching the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and behind me was a soft pianoman playing. From what I could hear, it was ALL locals coming and going. “Meet my friend from Cherry Hill, NJ”, “Get outta here, I’m a Jets fan too!”, “Can you put me at that table in the corner again.”

So I put in my order and ask for a glass of Montepulciano. The bartender gave me his name, as any local joint should. “My name is Reggie if you need anything.” Classic!

One litmus test of any Italian establishment is its Mozzarella, or Buratta. If it doesn’t melt in your mouth, leave immediately! Well it did and I was impressed. The prosciutto was also tender and had a crisp edge. There could have been more, but it was just enough to support the hunk of Buratta and red peppers. So we’re starting with an A- going into the main dish.

I order the Salmon Affogato, a Porcini mushroom crusted pan-seared salmon with sundried tomatoes in a white wine and brown butter sauce. All my favorite ingredients. My mouth waters as I type. Let me tell you something… In the world of cooked salmon this was top 3. No kidding. I could not believe how tender, rich and tasteful it was. Interchanging the Montepulciano and salmon reminded me of my stay at a villa in Lucca in Tuscany where the owner cooked dinner every night. It also came with wonderfully seasoned fingerling roasted potatoes. I was very impressed. Now back to an A.

I had some time so I ordered the chocolate 7-layer cake with a side of crème fraiche, strawberries and raspberries, and an espresso. Deal done. A+. Now I understand why this is a loved local restaurant. My row mate was absolutely correct. Uncle Eddie’s was wonderful. With Uncle Eddie himself singing a tune accompanied by the piano, I can see why so many locals call it their favorite. Thanks for the recommendation Arlene.

Just a reminder, Jeff Realty is now Echo Fine Properties.

Andrew Levy is available to handle all your questions and real estate needs. Give him a call at (561) 891-9262 or email him Andrew@EchoFineProperties.com

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ANDREW LEVY

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561.891.9262

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