Friday, April 12, 2024

Mark Militello Joins Lantana’s Bar Italia

Two of the most forceful and, uh. . . dynamic personalities in the local restaurant biz have joined forces to launch the new Bar Italia (210 E. Ocean Dr., 561/533-5998) in Lantana, the reincarnation of the former Apicius Ristorante.

Mark Militello, whose recent resume includes stints at One Bleu in Miami, Trina in Fort Lauderdale and The Office in Delray Beach, has signed on as exec chef and is reportedly working a new and considerably less pricy menu for the gorgeous indoor-outdoor restaurant.

And former Apicius proprietor Leo Balestrieri is still involved in the restaurant after selling it to a group of New York investors. How long that association will last isn’t clear, however, as Balestrieri has been quoted as saying he plans to open Harry’s America Bar a block off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach by the end of the year.

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