Address: Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd.
Hours: Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and dinner Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Happy hour specials will also be available Monday to Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and half price bottles of wine all day on Sundays.
Sam Fox, the founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts out of Phoenix, debuts his Italian restaurant at Rampart Commons, across from Boca Park and near Honey Salt. North Italia, the 12th restaurant in the nationwide chain, brings handmade pizzas, pastas, antipasti, salads, and more.
Dishes on the menu include prosciutto bruschetta with crescenza cheese, grilled asparagus, and truffles; burrata tortelloni with roasted mushroom, Swiss chard, porcini brodo, pecorino, and saba; a seasonal vegetable salad with butternut squash, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, kale, radicchio, pecorino, farro, pistachio, dates, and white balsamic vinaigrette; red wine glazed short rib with heirloom carrot, Swiss chard, and creamy mascarpone polenta; and The Pig Pizza with DiNapoli San Marzano tomato sauce, spicy pepperoni, soppressata, and Italian sausage.
Fox, of course, is also behind Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel and has been nominated multiple times for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurateur.
Inside the 6,970-square-foot restaurant, diners find an open restaurant with an exhibition kitchen featuring a red hood, along with a huge bar, space for 254 patrons inside, and an additional 95 on the patio.
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