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Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen

Olimpia Zuccarelli and Chef Douglas A. Chmielewicz with Debra K

Olimpia Zuccarelli and Chef Douglas A. Chmielewicz with Debra K

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.

Antipasti Di Mare – Fruits of the Sea

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

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.


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Sautéed Broccoli Rabe from Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen

This recipe is compliments of Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen

zucc Chef Doug broccoli prep (2)Chef Douglas A. Chmielewicz put together a healthy side dish that could easily be made at home.  Within a few minutes, he had created vibrant green garlic infused sautéed Broccoli Rabe.  Similar to turnip greens, this green is a great source of vitaminsA, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron.

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Bunch broccoli rabe, remove tough and non-leafy stems
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Cloves garlic, smashed
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil. Add the smashed garlic and crushed red pepper and bring to medium heat. When the garlic is golden brown, toss in the Rabe and a dash of salt.  Steam for approximately 6 minutes by placing another pan over the sauté pan or add a lid. Shake occasionally to prevent burning.  When rabe is tender, serve immediately.

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.