Our prayers for bringing a certain family’s homemade Italian comfort food closer to home have been answered.
Lynora’s, a Palm Beach County staple owned by the Abbenante family since 1976, is expanding beyond its current West Palm location to open a second in Jupiter. The restaurant will be located at 1548 N. U.S. Highway 1 and is set to open in mid-October.
(UPDATE: Oct. 31 — The restaurant is now open!)
Locals may recall when, in 2004, the original Lynora’s in Lake Worth closed its doors, so that owners Maria and Rafaelle Abbenante could retire. A decade later, however, they were presented with the opportunity to reopen Lynora’s on Clematis Street with their son, Angelo.
“If the restaurant is called Lynora’s, then I have to be in the kitchen,” said Maria Abbenante, who, as a child, learned how to make pasta from her grandmother Lynora at her family’s restaurant in Italy.
Lynora’s on Clematis, which opened in 2014, draws many of its former patrons, including customers from northern Palm Beach County who would continually plead for the Abbenantes to open a location further north.
The Abbenantes had been searching for a new location over the past year, and thus, with this new spot, the couple will essentially go from having been retired to running not one restaurant, but two.
“This is not a job, this is my heart,” Abbenante said. “When you come here, it’s like I invited you to my house to eat.”
Her husband, Rafaelle, helps in the kitchen, from making artisanal oven-fired pizzas and homemade cheeses and pastas to butchering the meat used for their famous meatballs, which are made with fresh ground beef, veal and pork and served with a dollop of house-made ricotta.
Other popular Lynora’s dishes include gnocchi pesto, melanzane alla parmigiana (eggplant parmesan), and pasticcio bolognese (essentially, a lasagna). The ingredients are fresh, with the Abbenantes priding themselves on not taking short cuts, whether that means using organic produce or freshly caught local fish.
The Jupiter location, which will be a bit smaller than the current restaurant on Clematis Street, will feature an open kitchen plan with a wood-burning oven, a full bar, and outdoor dining on the patio.
Lynora’s will serve lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on weekends.
Lynora’s; 1548 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter
(Photos courtesy Lynora’s)