The Dish: Zuppa di Pesce
The Place: Antonia’s Restaurant, 615 Duval St., Key West; 305-294-6565 or www.antoniaskeywest.com.
The Price: $31
The Details: Antonia’s has been a mainstay of Duval Street for decades, serving refined, beautifully prepared seafood, pasta and other Italian fare.
We started with an appetizer of plump, seared scallops before digging into entrees that included this seafood stew and a fettuccine with Proscuitto di Parma (Antonia’s version of carbonara).
The Zuppa di Pesce was filled with lobster, littleneck clams, the ubiquitous Key West pink shrimp, baby scallops, squid and mussels, all served in a spicy tomato broth.
It was hearty and flavorful, with shellfish cooked just until tender.
The sauce on the fettuccine was light, yet decadent, with just the right amount of Parmesan coating the peas and button mushrooms.
As always, service was impeccable — our waitress made good suggestions for wine pairings. ¦