Visit City Cellar for Housemade Pasta Prepared in a 90 lb Cheese Wheel at CityPlace West Palm – The SoFla Sage

Executive chef Andris Salmanis is heating things up at City Cellar! Using a culinary blow torch, he lights up a giant 90 pound cheese wheel, adds fresh herbs, garlic and imported olive oil, then coats the  fresh, house-made pasta with the creamy cheese sauce. Sommelier Gradon Thiebeault pairs the pasta with the perfect wine.

It was our first time at City Cellar but far from the first dinner service. In fact, it is the one of the only restaurants that has been at CityPlace in West Palm Beach since its inception. Known for its fresh ingredients, scratch kitchen and locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine, City Cellar introduces a stylish pasta dining experience every weekend.


Starting off the evening with some Chilean wine


Meats cured in-house


Charcuterie Plate – Wagyu beef, truffled salami, prosciutto, cured duck, homemade strawberry jam, pickled veggies, honey and marcona almonds.

I really enjoyed the selection of meats and which were paired with delicious cheeses (not pictured). I found it fascinating to learn that cheeses have seasons and so, the selection changes seasonally for the meat and cheese pairing plate.

Now for the main attraction! You can see chef prepare this dish by visiting the open kitchen.


The pasta was made in-house 3 hours before we ate it! Chef finishes off the fettuccine dish by adding arugula / mixed greens and protein.

When we visited, the pasta was topped with cured duck breast but this varies.

Pistachio Panna Cotta and Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

The pistachio panna cotta was my dessert and it was a wonderful rendition with a layer of Valrhona Chocolate. Also, don’t miss out on the housemade gelato, I recommend the toasted marshmallow gelato.

About City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill

For 17 years, City Cellar has dominated the culinary scene at CityPlace, showcasing an award-winning wine list, eclectic craft cocktails, innovative specials, and critically-acclaimed menu offerings. City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill is a locally owned Big Time Restaurant Group eatery, located in the heart of CityPlace, the premier shopping and entertainment district in the City of West Palm Beach. This upscale, casual restaurant has captured a loyal following of locals and travelers, with its inspired seasonal menu that delights diners with weekly specials, a nationally recognized wine list, vibrant happy hours, weekend brunch, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and farm-to-table kitchen.

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All images appearing in this post photographed by Holli Lapes, property of

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at City Cellar. All opinions are my own. 

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