Foodies love to look for daily and weekly specials at their favorite restaurants. The specials most often are familiar, comfortable and well-priced.
Nowhere in South Florida is that more evident than at the two Lynora’s restaurants (West Palm Beach and Jupiter, where Executive Chef Maria Abbenante and Chef Mario Mette’s create and serve some of my favorite Italian authentic Italian dishes.
Tonight, for example, is Meatball Monday, where meatballs, served with sauce and a side of cheese, are $2 each. It’s a great way begin the week.
But any night is good at each Lynora’s restaurant. The West Palm Beach location – on Clematis Street – offers guests the downtown vibe to along with a menu that features the aforementioned meatballs, pizza and (my favorite) Crepe Lasagna. The Jupiter restaurant, which has only been open around one year, is is bright, airy and fits perfectly with the Jupiter “on the water’’ liftestyle.
“The menus at each location are essentially the same and feature the popular signature dishes, but the Clematis Street location, which is a bit bigger and has a greater seating capacity, has a slightly more extensive menu,’’ Mette said.
“I stay in close touch with Chef Maria, who is based at the Clematis Street restaurant, so that we are always on the same page. I voice any questions or concerns with her and Angelo Abbenenante, who is always between locations and oversees the operations to ensure that all is consistent and that Lynora’s high standards are maintained.”
The culinary tastes of the guests at each location, Mette said, are essentially the same, but the clientele is a bit different in Jupiter.
“It’s more laid back and tends to attract families and people who like to linger over their meals,’’ Mette said. “The Clematis Street location in Downtown West Palm Beach is a high energy area, and also draws families, along with many young patrons, who like to eat during Happy Hour, or have a quick meal before they head out for their next activity.’’
But whereas the clientele for location is different, Mette and Chef Maria always are on the same page.
“We are very sympatico,’’ Mette said. “We create and come up with dishes together. For me, “authentic” Italian food is all about the flavors and combinations of food made at home. I have liked cooking since I was a kid. Both my parents cooked, though my father cooked better, and he was a big influence. I think the thing about authentic Italian food is that it utilizes simple, fresh ingredients that are creatively combined. It is delicious food that is not complicated.
“I just came back from spending some time with her in Italy in Ponza, the island where she was born and her family had a restaurant. We went out to eat a lot and got some great ideas for some new dishes we will be introducing soon.’’
Through September, each Lynora’s restaurant is offering a three-course Summer Menu with tiered pricing of $20, $25 and $30. Available on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, the Summer Menu (appetizer, mani course, dessert, features many of Lynora’s more popular plates. On those days, guests also can get bottles of wine priced at $100 and under, for half price.
Here’s a closer look at some of Lynora’s specials:
Lynora’s famous meatballs for $2 each.
Pitchers of Sangria for $12.
DAILY HAPPY HOUR- 3PM-7PM
Half price drinks and tiered menu — a great way to experience Lynora’s offerings at reasonable prices – at the bar and hightops at Clematis Street; and at the Bar in Jupiter.
Brunch selections that can be paired with Bottomless Drinks ($18) every Sat. and Sun 11AM to 3PM.
$10 SUMMER LUNCH SPECIAL (Mon- Fri) CLEMATIS STREET ONLY
Includes choice of appetizer salad or polenta fries, main course and soft drink.
MON– Meatball Parmigiana Hero
TUES– Baked Ziti al Forno
WED– Penne alla Vodka
THURS– Fettucini Bolognese
FRI- Chicken Parmigiana Hero
Chef Mario Mette – Michael Price Photography