The Florida Keys boast some of the most iconic eateries and bars in the world. 

Creative culinary minds elevate local seafood to new levels and celebrate contemporary fusion, Cuban, Caribbean, Asian, French and other international influences. Our chain of islands is one of the world’s top food and drink destinations. 

But our magnetic appeal goes beyond the menu. The skilled professionals who define our local hospitality industry do much more than mix creative cocktails and serve delicious meals. These hard-working men and women are ambassadors, social directors, travel advisors and unlicensed — but often effective — therapists. 

To celebrate our unique culinary culture, Keys Weekly brings you this bi-weekly feature to highlight the food, libations and local personalities that define our “must-try” destinations across the Florida Keys. 

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a fifth-generation local, your options are endless. Indulge in something new or revisit a familiar favorite. And above all, support the local owners and loyal employees who are vital to our Keys communities.

Burrata E Prosciutto
Italian Food Company, Key Largo 

With authentic Neapolitan pizza come some other delectable items to try out when visiting Italian Food Company. Try the burrata e prosciutto on the salad menu. It comes with fresh burrata cheese over garden arugula, fresh sliced prosciutto di Parma, cherry tomatoes and extra virgin oil.

Lime in D’Coconut
Keys Fisheries Upstairs Bar

Take a Key lime pie and a coconut, throw them in a blender and go crazy. At least, that’s what it tastes like. Lime in D’Coconut mixes Key lime pie liqueur, coconut rum and pineapple juice together for a perfect blend of staple island flavors. As bartender Kristen White warned when she served it up, “it’s dangerous.”

Sarah Wolcott
Roostica Wood-Fire
PizzeriaSarah Wolcott, a native Key Wester, has worked at Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria since it was Stock Island’s brand new pizzeria and Italian eatery. “I’ve worked here since I was 18, and I’m almost 25. I love it,” she said from behind the bar while serving its popular Saffron Risotto Balls as an appetizer.

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