The rich just keep getting richer. Or to put it another way: restaurant-rich downtown Delray just keeps getting more restaurant riches.
One more example comes from the husband-and-wife team of Heinrich Lowenberg and Pamela Lomba, who’ve opened The Porch (85 SE 6th Ave., 561/303-3647) just south of Atlantic Avenue in the historic (1907-vintage) Blank House. The couple is no stranger to the restaurant business, also owning Cafe Via Flora in Palm Beach as well as another eatery in North Carolina.
At the Porch, they’re reprising the greatest hits of Italy and the Mediterranean, a diner-friendly roster of familiar dishes ranging from carpaccio and Caesar salad to tagliatelle alla bolognese and chicken al mattone (pressed under a brick) to linguini with clam sauce and snapper with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes in lemon-white wine sauce. Oh, and a variety of pizzas from the wood-fired oven too.
The restaurant itself has been handsomely restored and is as cute as the proverbial button, with hardwood floors, sunny yellow interior with white beadboard wainscoting, a columned fireplace and bistro-esque furnishings. There’s also a pretty outdoor deck set with tables shielded by canvas umbrellas. Sounds like just the place for a quiet, relaxed evening.