This Thursday is a red-letter day for me—red letter as in red sauce by Angelo Elia, one of my all-time favorite Italian chefs in South Florida. This Thursday Elia is debuting his new “small plate and wine bar,” which someone noted as an “eatery” on the invitation—a term I refuse to acknowledge now or ever as a description of a restaurant for humans. (But don’t get me started on that one.) By any name, this new dining option is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. This venerable chef, who has the sublime Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale never disappoints; I am still reeling from the fact that he opted out of his Trattoria in Delray. Our food critic says to expect moderately priced yummies like “short rib and scallop with broccoli rabe risotto, poached egg crostini with fava and prosciutto salad, veal and pecorino meatballs, and an array of pizzas, calzones, bruschettas and frittatas. House-made gelato and sorbet too, plus an extensive selection of Italian wines.”

Ok, that is no “eatery,” folks—that is delectable Italian food.  The event, which this magazine is helping sponsor, is this Thursday, November 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  And if it’s too much of a mob scene, we suggest you maker reservations and enjoy it later—in real style. Congratulations to Chef Elia and we can’t wait!

D’Angelo, The Shoppes at Addison Place, 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach