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EatBeat: Dirty Martini and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at Downtown at the Gardens; Nunzio Billante Leaves Rocco’s for Miami Group

May 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Dirty Martini will officially open Thursday, May 26, at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens – with the shaken-vs-stirred crowd and plenty of olives on hand.

Sharing plates on the menu have been designed by Roy Villacrusis, chef/owner of Kubo Asiatic Cuisine in North Palm Beach. Look for influences from several cuisines on the menu. . .

New Yorkers can rejoice – Grimaldi’s Pizzeria of Brooklyn fame (and Queens, Long Island, and throughout the Southwest U.S..) is coming to Downtown at the Gardens.

Downtown is newly rejuvenated with restaurants and shops filling in long-empty spots; Grimaldi’s, a brick oven pizza place that uses coal for fuel, will be the newest tenant. Grimaldi’s is well known among Brooklynites for the hand-tossed pies, calzones, salads and desserts, who rank it among the top pizza spots in New York. It has a familial tie to Patsy’s Pizzeria, which had its roots in Harlem in the 1930s. The Foot Network helped make Grimaldi’s popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike.

This is Grimaldi’s second South Florida location – there’s one in Fort Myers. Look for a June opening at Downtown at the Gardens. . .


Nunzio Billante has announced he’s leaving the Rocco’s Tacos group and will work now for a Miami restaurant group as corporate chef. Billante worked for nine years as one of the chefs responsible for some menu items at Rocco’s, along with Lisabet Summa, corporate chef of Big Time Restaurant Group – Rocco’s parent company. . .

Atlantic Ocean Club in Delray Beach has closed after a five-month run. It will be turned into the Pop-Up Italian restaurant by Glen Manfra, a longtime South Florida chef who once partnered with David Manero of Vic and Angelo’s fame. More to come with an interview with Manfra – check back on this site.

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bmaroney // May 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout! We have added your blog to our FB.


  • 2 Yen S. // May 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Oh wow Kubo designed the sharing plates!…isnt he the same guy who served over price rotten fish at crystal tree plaza and just recently went out of business after just 4 months in business?

  • 3 Megan // May 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Wow, so many great places coming to Downtown at the Gardens. Love Roy’s dishes at Kubo. Can’t wait to see what he serves up at Dirty Martini!

  • 4 Pablo // Jun 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Glad he left Roccos no one liked him anyway

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