We visited Paradiso on a recommendation from a waiter at Cafe' Boulud, another 5-star establishment in West Pam Beach owned by renowned Chef Daniel Boulud of NYC "Daniel" fame.
We were extremely disappointed with Paradiso. To begin with, my first choice for an entre ("Filetto con Fegato Grasso e Barolo" or Pan seared Filet Mignon, Goose Liver and Barolo Wine Sauce) was not available. After revisiting the menu, I was informed that my second choice (Dentice al Sale, or Whole Yellow tail Snapper Baked in Sea Salt) was also sold out!
I settled for grilled calamari and octopus as a starter ($18), and linguine alle vongole as the main ($18). My wife had a yellowfin seared tuna (also $18), and clam linguine as well.
The grilled calamari was extremely tough and way overcooked, it was leather-like and inedible. The octopus was barely better, but the whole grilled dish was charred and bitter. When I informed the waiter of the situation, he smiled and hinted that "yes, but isn't the octopus just delicious?". No attempt was made to acknowledge the issue, never mind remedy it.
My lingune with clams was insipid, dry, and quite tasteless. My wife's linguine was saucier, but felt that the liquid tasted as though it came from a can.
The only saving grace was the wine (a Napa Cab Sauv) and the dessert, a ricotta and pinoli cheesecake.
Service was average, but the bill for 4 people (we had company with us with similarly disappointing choices), including two bottles of wine at $65 each ($15-20 retail), came close to $400.
We don't understand the raving reviews this place has garnered, but judging from our experience, we cannot recommend this restaurant to anybody.
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