Lynora’s offers a slice of Italy in West Palm Beach

Most people think of Monday as a day of dread. I’ve come to think of Monday as one of my favorite food days of the week. That’s the day I go to Lynora’s on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach and get the Monday specials – an $8 Margarita pizza and Maria Abbenante’s glorious meatballs (housemade with beef and pork) for $2 each. They make you wish Tuesday never comes.

Lynora's pizza is among the best in Palm Beach County
Lynora’s pizza is among the best in Palm Beach County

But Tuesday isn’t bad, and neither is the remainder of week. For example, Tuesday’s special is Eggplant parm hero; on Wednesdays it’s Penne alla Vodka; Thursdays it’s Fettuccine Bolognese; and Fridays, it’s Chicken Parm.

Lynora’s also has $10 lunch specials Tuesday  through Friday (11AM – 3PM) that includes a main course, a side (polenta fries or a salad), and a soft drink.

There also is a daily Happy Hour from 3PM to 7PM with half price drinks and the bar menu with $8 plates.  Reverse Happy Hour (my favorite) is Sunday-Thursday from 10PM until closing.

So any day is a good day to venture down near the West Palm Beach waterfront for some of the best traditional Italian cuisine in South Florida, including crepe lasagna Bolognese, Vitello Milanese and a Burrata plate with melt-in-your-mouth cheeses.

Lynora’s (www.lynora’s.com) has been in its Clematis Street location for only two years, with a menu as deep and rich as any in South Florida. But the Abbenante family is no stranger to the Palm Beach County dining scene. Shortly after they immigrated from the small Italian island of Ponza in 1974,

Raffaele and Maria Abbenante began selling pizza by the slice in Lake Worth. The little pizza shop proved a big success and in 1976, Maria, using her mother, Lynora’s recipes, opened Lynora’s Restaurant on Lake Worth Road just west of Military Trail. Each dish was made from scratch with locally sourced in ingredients and it wasn’t long before people from all over the county flocked to the restaurant.

Raffaele and Maria Abbenante retired and closed the business in 2005. Fortunately, all good things don’t have to end. Raffaele and Maria’s son, Angelo, who grew up in the restaurant, moved back from Miami and in 2014 established Lynora’s in West Palm Beach.

“I used to come up every Sunday from Miami and (Maria) would cook for about 50 people,’’ Angelo said as he sat at a table not from the kitchen. “You could tell she still had it in her. And my dad still had it, too. As the economy improved, I told my dad my idea, and he said, “Do whatever you want to do.’ Now I can’t get them out of it.’’

With food this good, who wants to leave?

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