For Ewa Wyszynska, Italy is where her heart is. Born in Poland, a visit to Rome when she was 19 made her fall in love with the country’s wine and cheese, specifically mozzarella. She spent much of the next 11 years residing in the Eternal City but eventually settled down in Palm Beach County in 1995. But her love for Italy’s delicacies never went away.
Last May, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening a bar like the ones she frequented abroad: REMBAR in Jupiter’s Bluffs Square Shoppes. The acronym stands for Richard, Ewa, Mozzarella Bar (Richard is the name of her husband and co-owner).
The menu at REMBAR, created by Executive Chef Emmanuel Voulpel, focuses on light bites and international wine using the freshest ingredients. “By hiring a French chef, we’ve elevated our little mozzarella bar to a more international cuisine with an extended list of more than 100 wines,” says Wyszynska. “In the very beginning, before I opened, I relied heavily on big vendors and major suppliers. Little by little, I’m focusing more and more on smaller boutique vineyards. I’m finding and seeking independent vendors that can bring unique wine.”
Highlights from the menu include the crowd-favorite REMBAR Board, which includes Parmigiano, ciliegine (cherry-size mozzarella balls), smoked mozzarella, spicy soppressata, prosciutto, dry salami, artichokes, cornichons (French gherkins), olives, and truffle honey; caprese and burrata salads; and flatbreads with toppings ranging from smoked salmon to truffled pâté. Wines are available by the glass or bottle and feature specialty imports from regions in France, South Africa, South America, Italy, and more.
But don’t let the elevated concept fool you. REMBAR is not a stuffy bar aimed only at cheese lovers and oenophiles. “REMBAR is a place for any occasion,” says Wyszynska. “Some people may walk by and feel they’re not dressed up enough because we put in a lot of effort into making the space look pretty, but the whole point is to be comfortable. Whether you come in for one glass of wine or for an event, we welcome everyone.”