Pranzo offers seafood with Italian twist

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 09:52 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Pranzo on Okaloosa Island is a longtime local favorite for Italian dining. Earlier this year they closed for remodeling and also updated their menu, adding more seafood and keeping some of the classics.

The food
We began our meal with a sampling of Pranzo’s three types of bruschetta. They were topped with ingredients such as portabella mushrooms, gorgonzola, eggplant, and the more traditional tomato.

My friend and I both chose dishes with seafood in them. He stuck with the more traditionally Italian seafood cannelloni while I chose gulf shrimp sautéed New Orleans barbecue style.

Pranzo also will sauté clams and mussels in either the New Orleans sauce, scampi or marinara.

Our meals came with a choice of house or Caesar salad. My Caesar salad was almost a meal in itself, and I had trouble finishing it.

My shrimp came in a large bowl and were spicy, just as you’d expect from something New Orleans style. I’ll admit this was my first time trying this dish, so I’m not sure if the spices were right, but it was tasty.

My friend’s seafood cannelloni came stuffed with shrimp, scallops and jumbo lump crabmeat. It was topped with mozzarella and baked in a tomato cream sauce. He didn’t have any trouble finishing his meal, and when he offered me a bite, I made sure to grab a scallop.

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