Quality Swimming on Yamato

A neighbor told us they had a good experience with Quality Swimming, so we have been taking our kids there. They have 3 locations in South Florida including Boca Raton. The West Boca lessons take place in the plaza on the corner of 441 and Yamato Rd.
We had previously done lessons with Swim Boca, which we liked but the location in East Boca was not great for us.
Our kids have both made real progress with Quality Swimming. The instructors are well trained and encouraging. Your child can also join their swim team and take part in swim meets.
The main reason we did these was to get our younger child over the hump and she has done well. In the course of a couple months it seems they’ve brought out what she had learned at Swim Boca and taken her much further. She was and remains resistant to putting her face in the water but is doing much better.
Meanwhile our older child was already a good swimmer, but we figured we’d do lessons with her anyway (both with Swim Boca before and now with Quality Swimming). She is also improving. At her level they teach not just swimming but swim racing. She is apparently quite good at the athletic side of it, which we had not noticed before.
I should also mention that the pool area is laid out to make it comfortable for the parents. The seating is set up to provide shade where we sit.

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Davito's in Boca Greens

Last night we had dinner at Davito’s Italian Restaurant in the Boca Greens plaza. The name is a blend of the first names of the two founders, David and Vito.
We’ve been to Davito’s several times now and like it. Sometimes it can be a little crowded but last night was not bad. Perhaps the snowbird season is finally behind us.
Why do we like Davito’s so much? There are a number of positives:

  1. The food is very good. We don’t like all the dishes – some think the lasagna should be more layered with pasta for example (but I like it the way it is) – but we have all found things we like.
  2. It has a nice atmosphere even though it’s in a strip mall. The dining area is a rectangular room, nearly square, with a bar and a couple of quiet TVs at one end and an opening to the kitchen at the end of the bar.
  3. The staff are helpful and attentive. Maurice was our waiter last night and he listened well, looked out for the kids, and our drinks were refilled before we had to ask.
  4. They have a kids menu and our kids like it. It might seem like a small thing but West Boca is a family-oriented community. Crayons give the kids something to do and that makes the meal better for everyone. Plus it helps our wallets that we can order something reasonably priced for them.
  5. Location – They chose a good spot, halfway between Glades and Yamato on the west side of 441. The plaza has a lot going on but we’ve never had trouble finding parking. It probably helps that there’s a daycare on one side and a pool supply store on the other, both of which are closed when the dinner rush hits.

So, for dinner last night one dish we had was a solid Fettuccine Alfredo. Maybe not the best Alfredo sauce ever, but it had character.
The other dish was Veal Cleopatra, which comes with eggplant, tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella. It was outstanding. The veal was cooked just right, and it all came together well. It came with a choice of pasta or vegetable – I chose vegetables cooked with garlic and oil and the two dishes together were quite colorful.
Shortly after we sat down, we were given a bread basket with plain rolls, garlic rolls, and some bruschetta as well.
After we'd taken some of them
Our meals came with soup or salad. The minestrone not only tasted but felt warm, with a robust broth. The chick peas were an interesting touch you don’t always see.
We also had a tomato salad appetizer with red onion and so much basil it seemed like lettuce.

The kids had kid pasta dishes and seemed quite happy with them.

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Hurricane Grill at Mission Bay

We had lunch today at Hurricane Grill in the Mission Bay Plaza on the northwest corner of Glades and 441. We eat here often.
The outdoor seating was very nice in today’s weather. Sometimes the inside seating can get loud.
The interior and the menu both have a tropical feel. The drink menu in particular is in that theme, though we did not imbibe on this occasion.
We had the pulled pork quesadilla and the teriyaki chicken plate. The latter came with pineapple, broccoli and a rice/bean mix. The quesadilla came with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and choice of an additional sauce.
The meal was good overall, with the chicken as the best part. The pineapple was somewhat disappointing but on the whole it was a good dish for a reasonable price.
Chicken might have been a better choice in the quesadilla but the pork worked well with the various toppings. Both were ample portion sizes for lunch though we did not have much left to take home.
Lunch for two was just under $20 before tip (we had water so expect more if you get soda or other drinks).
This was not the best meal we’ve had at Hurricane Grill. We will be back.

Puccini's Pizzeria – Yamato & 441

We had dinner last night at Puccini’s Pizza, in the HSBC Plaza on the southeast corner of Yamato and 441.
We did not have pizza on this visit. They have great pizza! We’ve seen plenty of strong reviews of it (see Google for example) and wanted to try some other dishes.
We had three dishes:
Tortellini Alfredo – This was pretty good. The pasta was very good but we’ve had better alfredo sauces.
Side of meatballs – Also pretty good. We’ve had better, but still okay. The meatballs had some flavor and the sauce was a little thin.
Broccoli rabe with sausage – Not bad. The plate was heavy on the sausage and a little light on the broccoli rabe. More important – the flavor was excellent. But it’s pricey – $12 for this item.
The service was excellent. There was an annoying table with screaming kids, but it’s hard to blame the restaurant for that.
Overall I’d say this is a great place for pizza, and okay for other dishes.
A couple of notes:
Smokehouse Grill and Wingery next door has apparently closed; and
The Puccini’s website may be having problems. When we searched for it on Google, clicking the link led us to some spammy websites. However, we still were able to get to the actual site sometimes. This is the link for the chain, but we can’t promise it’ll get you to the right place: Puccini’s Pizza.