They’re really important. But they’re not everything.
No, everything would be looks, personality, a track record of success on cable cooking shows and the ability to make a mean bowl of pappardelle.
So... you really ought to meet Mancini Modern Italian, a Fort Lauderdale trattoria that’s got a little bit of everything (attractive ambiance, an Iron Chef champion and, yeah, tasty pappardelle), now open.
The floors are dark wood, the walls are marble, and the lamps are oversized/warm/kept on the “sexy” dimmer setting. If this all sounds like it’s screaming “date night,” well, good, that means you’re listening.
Now, we know this is going to feel like one big coincidence, but you should totally come here tonight. Just you and someone you wouldn’t mind sitting across from at an outdoor Carrara-marble bar while sipping aperitifs. Do that. Then, occupy the chef’s private booth in front of the open kitchen. He’s going to make you homemade pasta with hand-pulled tableside mozzarella. It’s going to be incredible. And not just because he beat Morimoto with something similar on Iron Chef. But because it’s incredible.
Oh, and if you like the pasta (not really an “if”), you’ll probably want to see what he can do with that wood-burning pizza oven near the back. Here’s a hint: fennel sausage is prominently involved.
Also, cheese, sauce and crust.