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Uptown, Urban Chic And Stylish

Scott Varricchio serves beautifully prepared, uncomplicated food at Citrus Grillhouse.

This dish is a burst of flavors: Napoleon of roasted red peppers, herb goat cheese and marcona almonds with a Calabrian chili pepper vinaigrette.

This dish is a burst of flavors: Napoleon of roasted red peppers, herb goat cheese and marcona almonds with a Calabrian chili pepper vinaigrette.

Moving from Fort Lauderdale to Vero Beach in the early 1990s, I found a culinary landscape of home-grown, mom-and-pop diners dotting the landscape with just a few tried-and-true upscale favorites. Fast forward 30 years and the face of Vero Beach has changed. Today’s Vero Beach offers a much more diverse range of cuisines and gastronomical choices. With a vision befitting the moniker, “the Treasure Coast,” our little jewel has grown up and transformed. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the cuisine offered at the oceanfront restaurant, Citrus Grillhouse on Easter Lily Lane, a 4,700-square-foot eatery built as part of an impressive $25 million, British Colonial-style renovation project. The Citrus Grillhouse is urban chic and stylish. With wraparound porches offering spectacular ocean views, the cosmopolitan décor and open kitchen hint at the restaurant’s hip atmosphere and approachability. 

And approachability is what owner and chef Scott Varricchio was going for back in March 2010 when he bought and designed this American bistro serving uncomplicated food with Mediterranean accents. The open kitchen, unadorned wood tables and wide-plank rustic flooring make for a welcoming, unhurried setting where chef-watching can become part of the experience.