Name: Blanca Deason
Occupation: Health Care Professional
Lives In: Jupiter/Tequesta
Restaurant Pick: Evo
Reviewed Evo: 10/19/12 at 5:30 pm
We went to the old location, and were shocked to see it gone. We thought it was closed! (We didn’t read the directions) We asked the store next door, who directed us to the new location about 1/4 mile south. The parking is easy, and the restaurant sits inside the plaza through a small covered area. When we entered, we were greeted by very friendly staff who seated us immediately after asking if we preferred dining or sitting in the wine bar area. The main dining room is decorated with strategically placed fabrics hanging from the ceiling, soft lighting, and bins of wine along two walls. We were brought lovely bread with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette that was placed in the oil in a way that spelled “Evo.” The wait staff was prompt, professional, but not at all intrusive. Everything was outstanding. From the appetizer’s poached pear delicate flavor, to the explosion of flavors in the fish entrée, to the wonderful soft and rich and perfect Tiramisu. There is nothing that I would change at all from our experience. I would highly recommend it.
Name: Lisa Bruckner
Occupation: Wine Manager
Lives In: Lighthouse Point
Restaurant Pick: Grateful Palate
Reviewed Evo: 10/19/12
We found the restaurant fairly easily, despite the hard rain. The first thing you walk into is the bar area. Very contemporary design. There were TVs on the wall but not at a loud volume. We were seated right away in the dining room, which was very nicely decorated. The walls were painted a very dramatic red and the ceiling tiles were painted black. It was contemporary, but a comfortable contemporary. The décor was tasteful with crystal mirrors and lighting. Elegant cloth panels were hung from the ceiling to help divide up the room and make it feel more intimate. Near our table was a side table of Italian delights, including a very large wheel of Parmesan cheese! It helped to create the right atmosphere for what was to come.
The first thing we noticed was the noise level, it was quite loud when we first sat down but it was the sound of people comfortable with their environment and happy.
We were given both dinner menus as well as the wine menu. The wine menu was a good collection of both old and new world wines with an emphasis on Italian reds, which was appropriate for the food served.
We decided on an 07 Barolo by FontanaFredda.
Bread was brought to the table as well as dipping oil. The oil was served in a small square dish with balsamic vinegar spelling out “evo” in the oil! What a great presentation! I was so impressed. It made me smile.
We ordered one of the specials of the day for the appetizer , it was Caprese di Bufalo but with fresh compari tomatoes still on the vines. The bufalo mozzarella was very fresh with a creamy center. It was tied up in a purse string presentation and served with balsamic glaze and basil. Perfect flavoring and the freshness of both the tomatoes and the mozzarella were apparent.
I ordered the Bucatini Carbonara Con Ouvo as I was seeking authentic traditional northern Italian food. My companion ordered the Ravioli di Arogosta. The Bucatini was cooked al dente as promised and lightly coated with a creaminess that allowed the pancetta and egg to blend together perfectly. The flavor was authentic and rich. The thicker type pasta was perfect for the sauce and the egg added such richness as to make it decedent! I loved it.
Anthony’s dinner was pure perfection, the presentation of his dish was amazing. It was served in a long oblong white dish which perfectly held 6 large raviolis stuffed with lobster meat. There was a lobster cognac cream sauce drizzled over the top of the raviolis which completed the flavors and presentation. The lobster meat portion was very generous and had a sweetness to it that I have not experienced from Maine lobster.
We finished the meal by sharing a piece of Italian cheesecake made with Ricotta cheese. I had never had this style cheesecake before and was surprised at how light it was. It had a different flavoring than your typical cheesecake but that made it all the better There was no crust which helped to keep it light. We also ordered espresso which was served properly with sugar cubes and a lemon twist. The only thing missing was the layer of “crema” on top.
The meal very flavorful and enjoyable. I would be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for upscale Italian cuisine willing to pay for the pleasure of enjoying food prepared with love.
Name: Stephen Anthony
Occupation: Hair Artist
Lives In: Wilton Manors
Restaurant Pick: Guanabanas
Reviewed Evo: 10/16/12 at 7:45 pm
Evo is an elegant dining experience with perfectly prepared dishes. I would highly recommend to others for these reasons.
Romantic and elegant – Evo is an extremely pleasant dining experience with perfectly prepared food backed by an inviting, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive staff.
Our servers, Danielle and Melissa were very attentive.
Location: 150 N. U.S Highway 1 Tequesta, FL 33469
Phone: (561) 745-2444
Restaurant Owners: Erik Pettersen
Executive Chef: Erik Pettersen
Pastry Chef: Erik Pettersen
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Signature Dishes: Sunday gravy, chicken scarpariello.
Vegetarian Options: Eggplant rollutini, linguine ala checca – as well as custom order
Alcohol Served: Full
Corkage Fee: $25.00
Bottle Limit: $2.00
Monday –5 pm to close
Tuesday – 5 pm to close
Wednesday – 5 pm to close
Thursday – 5 pm to close
Friday – 5 pm to close
Saturday – 5 pm to close
Sunday – Closed
Meals Served: Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $55.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): N/A
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Amex, Visa & MC
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: Requested
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A
Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Upscale, casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: N/A
Accommodate Groups: Willing to discuss – depending on the time of year
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: Yes