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Fine Dining Meets Trendy Fun

Let’s talk about one of our favorite hot spots in PSL!  If you are anything like me, you’re constantly looking for somewhere good to eat. Some nights you might want to listen to music and dance, while others you may want to get dressed up and enjoy a nice, fancy dinner. Luckily, we have a place right here in town that can offer you both, situated in the heart of the thriving community of Tradition.

One of the most talked-about restaurants in Port St. Lucie is Meating Street Steak & Seafood, owned by Chef Pasquale Lamarra, his wife Joanna and his brother Carmine. Pasquale and Carmine grew up in New Jersey where they started working alongside their father in their restaurant at a young age. Over the years, Chef Lamarra began mastering his skills and learning different positions within the restaurant industry. Throughout his childhood, he gained an understanding of the lifestyle of a restaurant owner, and he realized that was what he wanted for himself.  After moving to Florida, he knew it was time to open a restaurant of his own. He initially opened a restaurant in West Palm Beach, followed by a pizzeria in Stuart, but luckily for us, he eventually settled in Port St. Lucie.

For those readers who are not familiar with Meating Street, it’s a perfect gathering place for friends and family. The fine dining establishment offers an elevated dining experience with indoor dining with ample bar space, dim lighting and ‘date night’ vibes. In addition to this, the welcoming outdoor patio overlooks the pond and fountain of Tradition in a lively, trendy environment. The covered patio has a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, creating a lively experience with dinner, cocktails, and dancing. Meating Street offers Sunday brunch, where not only is the food phenomenal, but you can also enjoy bottomless mimosas. If you fancy light bites or sampling their staple menu items, stop in for daily happy hour where you can find a ‘Fried Green Tomato Stack’ or ‘Clams Casino’ available. The mix of the indoor and outdoor spaces makes this restaurant suitable for all ages and enjoyable for whichever mood you might be feeling. Whether it be a fancy, romantic night consisting of good food and specialty drinks or a lively, fun day out in the sun – you have options!

As if that isn’t enough, the couple also owns Pastaio.  Pastaio opened in November of 2019, a year before Meating Street.  Opening Pastaio in November of 2019, just months before a global pandemic, was terrifying as business owners. They decided to come up with different ideas to keep customers engaged, including DIY meal kits, cocktails to go, a mini market, and overall take out options. Joanna Lamarra stated that she “could not have seen the success happen had it not been for the support of our community.” Having customers who supported them the way they did is what contributed to getting them through the pandemic and brought them to where they are now.

Pastaio offers a warm, cozy, yet modern environment with aromas of fresh garlic! Pastaio consists of authentic Italian cuisine, including handmade pasta and generations-old specialty sauces, plus a remarkable cocktail list and extensive wine menu. They source the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce from local suppliers. Taste their Eggplant Stack, Zuppa Di Pesce or a specialty pie from their brick oven, to name a few staples. Enjoy your meal indoors or on their outdoor patio overlooking the hustle and bustle of Tradition.

It’s a great feeling seeing successful restaurant owners who have had a passion for the industry since they were kids.  It showcases the level of service they expect for their customers.  Seeing these restaurants thrive right in the heart of our own town, is a testimony to the support Port St. Lucie residents provide to businesses throughout the community.  The growth this town has already seen over the past few years, and will continue to see, comes from us!

After reading this, hopefully you’ll be tempted now to make a reservation! Here’s the information for you to go ahead and do so.  We hope you enjoy Meating Street Steak & Seafood and Pastaio, and maybe one night soon, we’ll see you there!

Meating Street Steak & Seafood;

10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


Pastaio Handmade Pasta & Pizza

10472 SW Village Center Dr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


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"Whether it be a fancy, romantic night consisting of good food and specialty drinks or a lively, fun day out in the sun - you have options!" 

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"We could not have seen the success happen, had it not been for the support of our community."

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