Saratoga Ristorante Italiano (Hollywood)
***** Saratoga Ristorante Italiano–1917 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida 33020–(954) 923-0100
Let me start by saying, that Saratoga is one of the best Southern Italian restaurants in South Florida. This joint has only been in business for about four months, so guaranteed you are one of but a handful that even knows that it exists.
Before the “debacle” which erased over 300 writeups, I had one which rated Matteo’s with locations in both Boca Raton and Hallandale Beach as one of my favorite Southern Italian joints for family style dining. To make this review simple, the owner of Saratoga is a fellow by the name of Julio, who at one time or another general managed both Matteo’s locations. He also owned a joint in Lighthouse Point named Julio Caesar’s. Suffice it to say, that Saratoga is a “combination” of the best of Matteo’s–some original Julio dishes–at price-points about 10-15% lower than Matteo’s.
The food is absolutely great. Humongus individual and family style portions. Beautiful surroundings (but you can still wear your shorts/tee shirts). Terrific service.
You now know about one of the best joints in South Florida before almost anyone else does.
Saratoga is open 7 days a week for dinner and for lunch Monday-Saturday.