The snowbirds and tourists are migrating north as the spring to summer comes barreling down the climatic highway. Now is the for natives of this paradise we call Southeast Florida to make their way out into the dinning community an get a table at their favorite restaurant or discover new places to eat and drink.
That is exactly what I and my other half did this past week. We ventured out of our comfort zone of Fort Lauderdale and Miami and ventured north to the third county in the Southeast Florida triad—Palm Beach County.
Our destination was West Palm Beach directly in the heart of town. There, among the myriad of restaurants, cafes and “nosharias” is an Italian eatery—Lynora’s Osteria. Located at 207 Clematis Street, this gem of Italian cuisine is just filled with sounds of happy people enjoying a good meal together. It is a relaxed, casual environment with a feel like you are dining at the home of family or a friend.
The food is simple creative fair that is old world inspired, but with new world flare. It all starts with a finite yet diverse menu of appetizers, salads, entrees and other dishes, along with wood oven baked pizza. The servings are portioned, as they should be, so that you have room to try an appetizer, salad and entrée without feeling that you are going to explode. Needless to say, I always need to have room for dessert and a double espresso after a good Italian meal.
I have a method to my madness in reviewing an Italian restaurant, I order the Calamari Fritti (fried calamari.) This gives me a good idea of what the rest of meal will be like. This technique has yet to fail me. Lynora’s Calamari Fritti did not disappoint. It was crisp on the outside and tender inside. It was not chewy or tough. It was fresh and cooked just the way it should be cooked. So, I was off to a good start.
I also had to try the INSALATA DI MARE (salad of the sea). It contained calamari, scungilli, shrimp, octopus, scallops, and celery, in a lemon and EVOO vinaigrette. It was plated beautifully and tasted even better. I enjoyed every bite.
I am a fan of Italian restaurants that make their own pasta and Lynora’s was right on target. I went with the PAPPARDELLE ALL’ ANATRA. This was pappardelle pasta, roasted duck, porcini mushrooms, brandy sauce, and truffle oil. Moderately priced at $24; this was an outstanding dish. The pasta was al dente and not pasty or chewy. The signs of great preparation of house made pasta. The duck breast on the plate was plentiful and cooked to medium perfection.
To end the meal, I had the house made TIRAMISU with a glass of house made limoncello and white chocolate. Of course, I had to order an espresso to end the meal. The tiramisu was light and airy. I have to say; it was on the best that I have had in a long time.
After dinner I met up with Angelo Abbenante, one of the owners. He, along with partner Sascha Bennemann brought to life a family tradition of another restaurant. The tradition was started by his parents Ralph and Maria. His parents came to the United States in the early 70’s and opened their first restaurant in 1976 in Lake Worth, Florida. Their continued success over the years lead them to retirement in hopes of getting out of the hard and long hours of the restaurant business.
Figuring they and their two sons Angelo and Roberto were also freed from the bondage of being restaurateurs; Angelo surprised them with his vision for a new type of Italian eatery that he wanted to pursue. One that would be a combination of old school and new school. His vision became a reality and in 2014 when they opened Lynora’s Osteria (Lynora’s Tavern) named after his maternal grandmother who helped to found the first Abbenante restaurant in 1976.
I suggested to Angelo that he needed to bring is “osteria” south to Fort Lauderdale. That is how much I enjoyed this restaurant. He said that he and his partner would entertain that idea. I sure hope so. I do not have to continue to drive 40 miles for a great Italian dinner.
For all you natives of Southeast Florida you need to venture out there for good eats. Now is the time before the snowbirds and tourists come back. Give this place a try. It is moderately priced, so for those looking for a great meal at a very reasonable price point, this is your place. I always suggest reservations to assure yourself a table by calling 561-899-3117 or going on their website www.lynoras.com.