Walk down East Palmetto Park Road, east of Federal Highway, and music seems to bounce back and forth across the street. Up-tempo sounds emanate from Luna Pazza, an Italian restaurant with a modernistic lounge devoted to dance music.
Luna Pazza171 E. Palmetto Park Road
Music: Latin and American contemporary dance music 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays
Parking: free valet, street
Dress: neat, casual
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Because the lounge has an outside opening, complete with a seated area looking into the elegantly appointed room, music resonates from inside to out.
Small white lights encircle exterior trees, which you can view through an exposure looking into the lounge. This open area has a drink service area with an interior counterpart, creating a double-sided counter. The night I visited, it was filled with well dressed party people ages mid-30s to late 50s.
In this trendy, upscale environment, the wooden flooring makes perfect dance material and several couples can dance in space provided adjacent to a large, three-sided bar and a scattering of high-top tables. Overhead fans have blue neon underpinnings, and a wall-mounted plasma television completes a picture-perfect setting.
Entertainment varies. Easy-listening sounds rule Sunday through Tuesday. The pace picks up midweek to weekend with Latin melodies, contemporary hits and blasts from the past.
Randy & Natasha performed the Friday I visited, playing everything from Lambada to I Will Survive. Randy Singer (vocals, keyboards, guitar and harmonica) and singer Natasha Haynes entertain every Friday. The duo exudes style and excitement. They often walk out into the audience and dance with customers as they serenade the crowd. They also perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday at Aruba Beach Cafe, 1 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-776-0001); and 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Thursday at J.B.'s on the Beach, 300 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach (954- 571-5220).
Food and desserts at Luna Pazza are served in the lounge area. The ricotta cheesecake ($8) was delightful. Drink prices are very reasonable -- well-brand vodka is $5.65 (a cup of coffee was $2.36).
Nightlife newsTonight: St. Patrick's Day isn't over at Fort Lauderdale's Downtowner, 408 S. Andrews Ave. (954-463-9800). Free festivities continue through the evening. Booney Tunes performs from 1-6 p.m., then guitarist Tab Benoit showcases his Cajun rock 'n' blues at 8 and 10 p.m. sets.
Saturday: Ages 35 plus will enjoy a visit to scenic Ben's Steakhouse Atrium Lounge, 3400 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth (561-967-3400). Dance on two areas and enjoy adult contemporary music.
Sunday: Sit in a swing, watch the boats go by and listen to music running the gamut from Southern and classic rock to reggae and country at Crab Pot, 386 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach (561-844-2722). Cheers, Pinecrest Square, corner of Dixie Highway and Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale (954-771-6337) celebrates its 20th anniversary. From 6 p.m.-4 a.m., enjoy drink specials, bands, dancing and an old-fashioned cookout.
Tuesday: The atmosphere is casual at Bahama Breeze, 2750 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise (954-845-9311). Located on the outer fringes of Sawgrass Mills Mall, this island-themed restaurant offers live music nightly, but you can only hear it when seated on the outside patio.
Thursday: Professional singers often join in with Karena and Michelangelo, proprietors and performers at Michelangelo Piano Bar, 25 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach (561- 272-8009). The nightspot also showcases wine and art.
Joan Brazer Durante is a freelance writer based in Plantation. Please send news concerning local entertainment events and performers via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times