An osteria is an unpretentious Italian cafe, the kind of place where you can drop in for an affordable meal or glass of wine without having to get all fancied up or shell out a lot of green.
And that’s just the deal at Lynora’s Osteria (207 Clematis St., 561/899-3117) in downtown West Palm in the old Luna Pizza space. If that name sounds familiar, then you remember the original Lynora’s eatery on Lake Worth Road, owned by the parents of the new Lynora’s owner, Angelo Abbenante.
Along with partner Sascha Bennemann, late of Pistache and PB Catch, this Lynora’s offers both traditional and contemporary takes on Italian cookery, with a focus on farm-to-table cookery, house-made pastas and pizzas pulled from a wood-fired oven. Also look for simply grilled fish and meat, along with a roster of craft beers, mixological cocktails and small plates meant for sharing.
The earth-toned space itself is a blend of stylish and rustic, with a brick-faced bar and pizza oven, wood-plank tables, tufted banquette and folding doors that open the restaurant to the sidewalk and a handful of small tables.