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Like all beloved places, Key West has touchstones people head to when they come “home”. Antonia’s, since 1979, is one. With its romantic den of a dining room (original art work, historic photographs, white tablecloths), long-serving staff, and emblematic dishes (a goat cheese soufflé, a homemade fettuccine with mushrooms, and a lamb ossobuco), Antonia’s embraces guests year upon year, keeping and winning loyal devotees. The Antonia’s experience begins as one is swept off Duval into the lively, welcoming mix. Polite, efficient, food-and-drink-savvy staff introduce bread service (addictive flatbread), and the evening progresses with varying courses like brushetta or caprese to celebrate tomatoes; pasta made daily in-house; meats, and seafood specialties, like yellowtail snapper with a choice of sauces. Above the popular main dining room, the glamorous upstairs (gilded mirrors, sumptuous fabrics) is ideal for large or private parties, with a separate bar. All meals end with a ceremonial silver tray of wee, homemade cookies (in case you have room left after coconut cream pie, or panna cotta).