The List: Valentino's Giovanni Rocchio

Giovanni Rocchio, chef-owner of Valentino Cucina Italiana in Fort Lauderdale, worked at his father’s restaurant in Plantation, also Valentino, before cooking in New York and returning to open his own place. Here’s where Rocchio eats: 

1. Drunken Dragon

Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Soy, Crispy Red Mullet.

1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-397-8556.

2. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

Chef Luke Bergman is the best in Miami. Duck Duo: Must-try.

1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8860.

3. Juvia

Hamachi, Beef Carpaccio.

1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272.

4. The Local Craft Food & Drink

When chef Phil Bryant has it on special: Grilled Foie Gras Terrine.

150 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-648-5687.

5. OTC 

Tuna Poke. Delish!

1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-4612.

6. Yardbird

Watermelon Salad with Farmer Cheese. 

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220.

7. Café Boulud

Anything chef Rick Mace does is fantastic. Place has a very romantic setting.

301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060.

8. Buccan

Hot Dog Panini with Sauerkraut.

350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450.

9. Osteria Acqua & Farina

When chef-owner Attilio Reale is at the brick oven, the pizzas are the best in South Florida.

1145 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-1115. 

10. Pubbelly

Whatever these guys do is great. 

1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.