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Food parties: Seafood fest in Boca, Rocco's Tacos celebrates 10th birthday with block party

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. A big eating week beckons. Mozzarella will melt today for National Pizza Day. Hearts -- and chocolate -- will melt on Wednesday (Feb. 14) for Valentine's Day. And dim sum and roasted meats will be devoured to celebrate Chinese New Year on Feb. 16, the Year of the Dog. Woof woof.

(Getting cheesy for Pizza Day.)

Pies, slices and deals: The Ministry of Silly Food Days (down the hall from the Ministry of Silly Walks) has deemed today National Pizza Day, and who are we to argue? Although I'd argue that Super Sunday is the real national pizza day. In honor of the occasion, Phillip Valys and I have compiled a gallery of South Florida's best pies and slices (warning: hunger might ensue). And deals diva Doreen Christensen spotlights pizza giveaways and specials today. Mangiare!

(Food to swoon over for Valentine's Day.)

Lovely restaurant picks: With Valentine's Day 2018 approaching, here are 14 suggestions for romantic meals across South Florida on the mother of all date nights. Reservations are essential. For those who get shut out, Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante in Delray Beach has a procrastinator's delight. It is offering its Valentine's Day menu on Feb. 15 in addition to Feb. 14. And Etaru in Hallandale Beach is celebrating Feb. 8-14 with screenings of romantic movies paired with multicourse dinners.

(No ordinary cracker at Stubborn Seed.)

A sublime Seed sprouts in South Beach: Four-star reviews are not common in my universe, but I had no choice but to award top honors to chef Jeremy Ford and Stubborn Seed in Miami Beach. It is a superb modern American dining experience featuring exquisite ingredients, creative presentation, great flavors and attentive service. After indulging on Ford's lavash with chicken liver butter, I'll never be able to eat matzo with chopped liver at a Passover Seder again.

(Seafood festival at Mizner Park this weekend.)

Events: The inaugural Boca Raton Seafood and Music Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Admission is $5 and includes a lineup of live bands. Food and drinks from local restaurants will be available at additional cost ... The South Beach Wine and Food Festival (Feb. 21-25) is approaching and is giving away tickets to the Burger Bash (Feb. 23) and weekend Grand Tasting (Feb. 24-25) in Miami Beach. You can enter here ... Rocco's Tacos is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a block party and concert by G. Love and Special Sauce on Feb. 24. The festivities take place 5 p.m.-1 a.m. on the 200 block of Clematis St., West Palm Beach ... The South Florida Gluten Free Expo will be held Feb. 24 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach ... Tickets are on sale for Burger Beast's Hamburger House Party at Magic City Casino (March 10), the CrawDebauchery crawfish and music festival in Pompano Beach (March 24) and the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival (April 20).

(Lona by Pablo Salas opens at Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach.)

Tasty tidbits: Lona, a Mexican restaurant from acclaimed Mexican chef Pablo Salas, has opened at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort ... Chef Brian Nasajon, the culinary force behind Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, has announced plans to open Mason, a modern diner, at 3470 N. Miami Ave., Miami, later this year ... El Camino Las Olas, a Fort Lauderdale outpost of a popular Delray Beach taco and tequila restaurant, anticipates opening by late March (not this month, as previously announced. New rule: When an eatery gives an expected opening date, add one to six months.) ... After being closed since Hurricane Irma, venerable North Miami fish purveyor Captain Jim's Seafood Market has been sold to David Garcia of La Camaronera, Miami New Times reports. The store is expected to reopen soon ... Macchialina in Miami Beach is the best Italian restaurant in Florida, according to a list compiled by our partners at the Daily Meal. So many Italian joints, so subjective. If price is no object, I'm still partial to Giovanni Rocchio's Valentino Cucina in Fort Lauderdale.

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