Openings and Closings

Mama Che Buono Becomes Fast, Casual Italy

Now you can travel to Italy without ever leaving CityPlace. 

Italy Fast Quality Food, that is. 

The former Mama Che Buono (700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-655-1241) has upped the ante on its original panini, gelato, and coffee drinks menu, adding mix-and-match pastas and sauces and a wide variety of imported Italian chocolates as well as a small Italian market that dispenses everything from imported artisan pastas and rustic breads baked in-house daily to jarred sauces, condiments, jams, and wines. 

The pasta menu offers ten pastas, from penne to pappardelle, that can be mated to seven sauces -- tomato-basil, quattro formaggi, arrabbiata, pesto, and more. There's also a quartet of stuffed pastas to complement the selection of panini, salads, cold apps, and panzerotto. Pasta prices range from $10 to $13; panini and salads are all under $10.

A complete redo of the interior added table service seating, while the addition of outdoor seating increased total capacity to 30. It's just the beginning too, as locations are planned for Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and Lincoln Road in SoBe.

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