Sunday, April 14, 2024

Chef Allen’s to Become Luca Bella

Allen Susser’s eponymous Aventura eatery, once in the forefront of the South Florida culinary movement, is now going to become another. . . Italian restaurant.

Former Matteo’s Italian Restaurant owner Mickey Maltese will take over the now-shuttered Chef Allen’s and in September turn it into Luca Bella, dishing up big portions of family-style “Italian comfort food.”

What that means in your mouth are dishes like baked littleneck clams, pan-fried veal chop with prosciutto, mozzarella and marsala-mushroom sauce, grilled pork chops smothered with cherry peppers and onions, and a variety of different fish and shellfish.

Some 200 diners will fit into the 4,000-square-foot space, which will include a private party room, 20-seat bar, outdoor patio and flat-screen TVs. No forefront of anything, though.

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