Lynora's Osteria

207 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
In the early 1970s, Ralph and Maria Abbenante moved to New York from Italy, looking to start a new life. They began working at a nearby pizza parlor and eventually relocated to South Florida to help open a restaurant. When the couple closed in 2003, their son Angelo Abbenante decided to reopen Lynora’s Osteria on West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street. The family says more than half their current customers have been longtime regulars who dined at the parents’ old restaurant in Lake Worth more than a decade ago. When they come in, they still expect Maria’s cooking -- recipes she learned from her grandmother -- so that's what they get. Today, the self-taught chef still works nearly 12 hours each day, seven days a week, preparing some of the menu's top selling dishes. Angelo's favorite: Pasticcio Bolognese, a baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and a creamy béchamel sauce. Gnocchi al Forno is another favorite, made with flour, egg, and cheese but no potato, each tiny dumpling smothered in tomato, basil, and mozzarella and baked in the wood-fired oven. For dessert, try the tiramisu Maria creates using a homemade limoncello and white chocolate, a distinctive departure from the traditional take. Sunday brunch includes more contemporary riffs, like the Nutella-stuffed French toast topped with syrup and dusted with powdered sugar. A second location opened in Jupiter.

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