Openings and Closings

Kitchen Nightmares Chef Opens Il Contadino in Delray Beach

Unless you know where to look, you might miss the tiny new eatery in Delray Beach's Pineapple Grove district. But there it is, right where the old Sefa Turkish Mediterranean Grill used to be.

Il Contadino, which translates to "The Farmer" in Italian, opened last month off NE Second Avenue. Here, chef-owner Michel Menna has prepared a menu of classic Italian fare for lunch and dinner.

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Menna, who was featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in 2010, where he cooked for Anna Vincenzo's Ristorante in Boca Raton and later began implementing Ramsay's suggestions after appearing on the show. He once owned Ponte Vecchio in Fort Lauderdale.

Il Contadino's midday menu includes traditional Italian antipasti, soups, salads, wraps, and pasta. Highlights include blackened seafood salad with shrimp, calamari, and salmon, as well as his classic creation, Penne Vincenzo, a combination of shrimp and salmon in a lobster cream sauce.

Come dinner, you'll find that several dishes are prepared tableside, including a duck with a Grand Marnier sauce. More traditional dinner selections include an eggplant Napoleone with ricotta and house-made mozzarella, roasted rack of veal, and scarpariello on the bone made with house-made sausage (and a choice of chicken or double-cut pork chops).

Il Contadino is located at 165 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-0004; Il Contadino Facebook.

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