Evo, short for evolution, represents a dream inspired by my mother to bring the familiar feeling of family to you by showcasing my Italian home-style cooking from my family’s recipes. Passed down through many generations, our recipes are incorporated with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
My Sicilian mother and grandparents raised me to respect the heritage and tradition of the Italian culture. Through hard work and perseverance, I climbed the ranks of some of the most well-respected and popular restaurants in New York, which paved the path for Evo Italian.
The draw of family brought me to south Florida where I opened Evo Italian in 2007. Today, I continue to share my family’s secret recipes and the warmth of the Italian way of living. We welcome our guests from all over the country and enjoy serving the Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Juno Beach areas. So please come and join us. Sit back, relax and be part of our family. Evo Italian, my dream come true!
From the Heart of Owner & Chef Erik Pettersen
Years ago, in the Italian village where my grandparents lived, there were no supermarkets to shop for food, so dinner came fresh from the farm to the table. Today, this is the philosophy we practice at Evo Italian. As owner and chef, I do not simply wish to feed you, but to nourish your body and mind with a culinary experience that sets a new standard in dining. At Evo Italian, we embrace this area’s rich farming and fishing heritage and celebrate its remarkable seasonal bounty. The climate here supplies us with a year round steady stream of stunning ingredients from which we craft our menu.
Our beef, chicken, veal and pork are prime grade, all-natural and hormone-free, and our fish is delivered everyday from local fish purveyors. Imported Italian products play a major role in my unique approach to cooking. In partnership with my family in Italy, I have the ability to import only the finest D.O.P certified products, from San Marzano tomatoes to Sicilian and Tuscan first cold pressed extra virgin olive oils, bufala mozzarella and our famous burratta pugliese, “rocca” reggiano parmiggiano, aged balsamic from Modena and the finest fresh and handmade dried pasta Italy has to offer.
As a fourth generation Italian chef with over 30 years of culinary experience, each day I source and handpick the finest products to incorporate into contemporary variations of my family’s secret recipes…traditional treasures with a fresh new twist.
So, we invite you to sit back, relax, make yourself at home and trust our devoted and enthusiastic team to delight your palate and satisfy your soul ~ Chef Erik