Osteria Salina, 9 SE 7th Ave., Delray Beach: With the original location in the Hamptons, restaurateurs Tim and Executive Chef Cinzia Gaglio have just opened a second location in Delray Beach. The new restaurant specializes in Aeolian Islands cuisine, off the coast of Sicily, and features fresh seafood with housemade products. The Gaglios have also owned Trattoria Coco Lezzone in Boca Raton, Boca’s Coho Grille and The Polo Grille in Palm Beach, as well as other venues in New York and Virginia. Osteria Salina is open daily for dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m. (561/330-1237)
Pictured above: Osteria Salina’s strawberry crostatas.
Aioli, the popular south West Palm Beach restaurant, recently opened its second location on Olive, just south of Datura Street at 206 South Olive Ave. Featuring the inventive and delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries, just like the original location, and selling the popular sourdough bread, lines are (almost) out the door already. Owned by Michael and Melanie Hackman, this is a super-friendly eatery with the goods to back up the personalities. Give it a try.
After you have a sammie at Aioli’s newest, just stroll a few blocks to 332 Evernia St. and try the brand-new West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault. Sporting craft brews, the promise is for good swilling, including glycol chilled “core” beers without “silliness.” Food and wines are also served. Sales have been brisk so far.
Hoping to open in February:
El Camino Mezcal & Tequila Bar, a popular downtown Delray Beach Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, is slated to open its second location at 817 E. Las Olas Boulevard in February. It’s a 6,000-square-foot space, which is about three times the size of the Delray location. Pssst: Inside word about other locations down the road include Miami and West Palm Beach. Yay!
Mazie’s, 3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach: A new restaurant from former Max’s Harvest Chef Eric Baker, and Jason Lakow, former GM of Café Boulud in Palm Beach, this is a much-anticipated addition to the busy restaurant row. Mazie’s will start with dinner service only, then gradually add breakfast and brunch/lunch. There will be a tropical garden patio feature and a full bar. Lakow’s wife, Sandra, will be sommelier. It’s supposed to open in February, but because it’s a short month and we understand South Florida construction, we won’t hold our breaths. Can’t wait!
French food/wine dinner specialty at Chez L’Epicier
Fancy some great French food and wine pairings? You’re in luck. Here’s a Burgundy wine lovers dinner with Winemaker Arnaud Baillot and the trendy Palm Beach spot, Chez L’Epicier, putting together an evening just for you.
On Jan. 30, starting at 6:30 p.m., you can eat a trio of appetizers (salmon/apple tacos, fresh oyster with celery mignonette and mango gel; goat cheese croquette with tomato compote) paired with a 2016 Montagny ler Cru Vielles Vignes, and then move onto three more courses and dessert. Dishes will include foie gras crème brûlée or poultry pâté, duck breast or carrot agnolotti and more. Cost is $100 per person, excluding tax/gratuity.
This is thanks to Palm Beach’s popular Maurice, the French Wine Merchant, and Chez L’Epicier. You can thank me later. (Chez L’Epicier, 288 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561/508-7030)
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.