Often people associate Italian food with lots of carbohydrates and fat and with the new gluten-free craze some have given it up entirely. But, there are many great options when choosing to incorporate traditional Italian into your diet. Originating within the fabled borders of Italy, The Zuccarelli family team, Mom Frances and Daughter Olimpia, have been serving up the region’s finest Italian for over 30 years in Palm Beach. There are many healthy options on the menu including gluten free pasta. You will find it easy to stay on track while enjoying some dishes fresh from the kitchen.
I joined Olimpia and Chef Douglas A. Chmielewicz in the kitchen. Amid the flurry of flying pizza dough and the enticing aroma of garlic, I watched enraptured as they worked their magic and provided two great recipes for our Holiday Recipe Redo.
Chef Douglas prepped the first dish, Antipasto Di Mare and I was pleased to see how simple it was to make and that all the ingredients were minimally processed and prepped. The dish is not only delightful, tasty and simple, but it is something South Floridians can easily make at home after a quick stop at the local fish market. In shellfish — including shrimp, clams, scallops, lobsters, crabs and abalones —15 percent or less of the calories come from fat, making this a great “low fat” option.
If you don’t feel like cooking, both these dishes are regular menu items, so plan on stopping in and enjoying with the Zuccarelli family. www.zuccarellis.com
Originally printed in Palm Beach Woman Magazine.