The Promenade at Coconut Creek added a new Italian Restaurant recently in the space formerly occupied by Scarfone’s Pizza. La Via Ristorante & Bar is a solid addition bringing both a restaurant and bar with some late night entertainment. This was actually our second time dining here.
The patio dining is relaxing and quite nice, especially with the cooler weather upon us. The restaurant is split into two sections. To the right has the bar and more of a ‘lounge’ feel with cool “blue” lighting with booths along the wall to hold larger parties. The left side is the more traditional seating with lots of stone work and dim lighting.
There are a few focal features including a large wine display behind a glass wall and a semi-open kitchen where you can see where the pizzas are cooked. Even more unique is the pasta room where you can watch the chef prepare their in-house, fresh made pasta.
Our server was over with drink orders and informed us of the few specials they had for the day and gave us a few minutes to look over the menu. They also dropped off fresh bread which tasted homemade and I think I ate most of it myself. I just can’t leave good bread and let it go to waste!
The very Italian menu is split into appetizers, salads, pasta, pizza and entrees. Jeff kind of was on the fence between a few entrees and our server was very helpful in narrowing it down. Our appetizer was out in about 10 minutes and the rest of dinner flowed quite well.
Italian Antipasto ($10) – an assortment of salami, cheeses and olives. The presentation was nice and we always like antipasto appetizers. The salami was fresh and we felt it was a step up from Boar’s Head. The cheeses were outstanding. The mozzarella was fresh and just melted in your mouth and the parmesan had the perfect salty blend. The olives were brined in oil, so no salt here which was different, but enjoyable.
Sofia’s Vongole ($16) – little neck clams simmered in a garlic wine broth with linguini pasta. The pasta was outstanding and cooked to a perfect al dente. The sauce was clean, yet flavorful and Jeff loved the bits of garlic that was found throughout the dish. The clams were fresh and lent a nice flavor to the sauce/broth as well. He was a member of the clean plate club tonight for sure. 🙂
Chicken Milanese ($16) – grilled or breaded chicken and topped with the house balsamic vinaigrette salad and parmesan cheese. I forgot to request the chicken to be grilled, but I’m actually glad I got to try the breaded version. It was crisp and I think contained graded parmesan, which I found quite addictive. The balsamic vinaigrette was balanced well and I liked how it added a different layer of flavor to the chicken. The salad was the perfect addition with the greens being very fresh. I’d definitely order this dish again and I’d like to try the grilled version to see how the grilled flavor changes the dish.
Italian Pizza ($14 on the lunch menu) – Mortadella, soprassara, prosciutto, Pomodoro and fresh mozzarella. Okay, honestly, I only know what two of those ingredients really are. So this is my version of a pepperoni and cheese pizza. It was large enough for both of us to split.
Our server was great and she always kept our drinks full. The glasses they use for water and soft drinks are those ‘slanted’ glasses which we haven’t seen at a restaurant before. Was very unique and almost a conversation piece.
Overall we think that La Via Ristorante & Bar is off to a really good start and think they have a solid future here at the Promenade at Coconut Creek. La Via Ristorante & Bar is located at 4443 Lyons Rd Coconut Creek, FL 33073, inside of The Promenade at Coconut Creek shopping plaza (Coconut Mainstreet District).