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Il Contadino Debuts in Delray

Michael Menna is hoping his new eatery isn’t a “Nightmare.”

Menna, whose ex-wife was chef-owner of the late Anna Vincenzo’s in Boca, in 2009 the subject of a savaging by celeb chef Gordon Ramsey on his “Kitchen Nightmares” program, has opened his own place in the old Sefa Mediterranean Grill in Delray’s Pineapple Grove neighborhood.

It’s Il Contadino (165 N.E. Second Ave., 561/330-0004), a modest but classy spot touting “farm to table” Italian fare, mostly familiar dishes that give diners the option of adding various proteins to various pastas and sauces, plus veal and chicken paillards that can be prepared in various ways. There’s also a roster of specials, including a double-cut pork chop served “scarpariello” (“shoemaker”) style, roasted rack of veal and blackened seafood salad.

As for Anna Vincenzo’s, it closed not a year after Ramsey attempted his televised makeover and was later sold. It’s now Nino’s of Boca II.

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