Red—red meat and red sauce—is the color in Boca Raton, with Red The Steakhouse (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/353-9139) and its adjacent partner, Rosso Italia (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/353-9819), both making their local debut.
With the move, the Cleveland-based steakhouse chainlet is launching its second South Florida steakhouse and first more casual Italian osteria, a savvy juxtaposition that would allow the company to capture both high and mid-end diners.
Red the meatery features an extensive menu not quite as beef-centric as some of its competition, with a variety of starters, pastas and seafood dishes to go along with the expected array of certified Black Angus steaks and chops, which range from a giant 48-ounce porterhouse to the trendy bone-in filet mignon. Choice of sauces includes béarnaise, Diane and barbecue, while the roster of toppings numbers blue cheese, peppercorns and “Oscar”—bearnaise, asparagus and crab.
At Rosso the emphasis is on brick-oven pizzas, pastas and grilled meats—spinach and ricotta gnocchi, penne with fennel sausage, Mediterranean sea bass—all courtesy of executive chef Jonathan Bennett, with a selection of imported cheeses and salume thrown in for good measure.