Thursday, May 16, 2024

La Scaletta Opens in Crystal Tree Plaza

Crystal Tree Plaza in North Palm Beach may be one of the more obscurely located shopping centers in PBC but it’s starting to make an impression on the local food-dining scene.

Though Roy Villacrusis’s sublime Kubo is gone, just this week saw the debut ofLa Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria (1201 Hwy. 1, 561/630-8500), a classy looking space from chef-owner Giordino “Giordy” Tonelli and his wife, Simona. The couple is hardly new to the restaurant game, having owned a trio of eateries in Milan, plus another on the Spanish island of Formentera for more than two decades.

La Scaletta aims for that casually elegant sweet spot, with bamboo floor, chocolate brown walls, silver wrought-iron chairs, a chef’s bar facing the open kitchen and baby grand piano whose ivories will be tinkled by various performers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The menu reprises all your Italian favorites, from eggplant rolatini and linguine with clam sauce to veal marsala and snapper Livornese. There are, of course, a variety of pizzas, as well as numerous under $10 lunch specials and daily early bird dinners.

Adding to Crystal Tree’s culinary offerings is the relocated Cod & Capers(561/622-0963), the excellent and expansive seafood market recently moved from its PGA Boulevard site. Along with their impressive selection of fresh fish and shellfish, C&C has added a small cafe, serving lunch and various prepared foods. The market is open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.

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