Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2018

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On our first visit to the island, Jen and I discovered a charming Italian restaurant on Royal Poinciana Way, called Cucina Dell' Arte. It's still there today, and is now known simply as Cucina. On this trip we returned for a lovely meal, sitting at the same table as on our inaugural visit, enjoying a wonderful evening of excellent Italian food and wine, reminiscing about our youthful exploits. After our wedding ceremony way back when, we took our party to a romantic Italian eatery in Palm Beach by the name of Amici, which has long since closed. Ironically, in its place is now one of our favorite restaurants anywhere, Chez L'Épicier. Ultra-stylish, this outstanding modern French-Canadian establishment offers a fresh, contemporary menu that isn't hidebound in tradition. The owners, chef Laurent Godbout and his wife, Véronique Deneault, along with general manager and partner Tristan Baylor, convey a love of gastronomy with a passion for excellence. Bright and lively ingredients combine with old-world technique to produce dishes of depth and complexity. e avocado tartare with yuzu dressing and quinoa, for example, is non-traditional but seems perfectly at home on the menu. e staff is wonderful and most accommodating, all of which made for a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening. Long weekends don't get much more special than a stay at the Brazilian Court, dinners at Boulud and L'Épicier, and a stroll along Worth Avenue. You don't need to have a wedding anniversary to celebrate, although that's certainly a bonus. And now that the bat mitzvah is behind us, I can already feel the ocean breeze wafting through the palm trees and the condensation settling on my martini glass. Is it next year yet? sl For more information, visit 93

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