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EatBeat: Marcello’s La Sirena Dresses Up

August 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The many cognescenti who know and love Marcello’s La Sirena in West Palm Beach are in for a big surprise when he reopens Sept. 3 for the season. They’ve redone the outside and dining room – it’s a big and much needed change. La Sirena (Dixie Highway in WPB) is constantly in the top of the restaurant reviewers’ choices locally, and it’s largely due to the chef/owner’s consistency. Marcello Fiorentino is there seven days in season – despite an infant at home! 

Hard work and a passion are all it takes to succeed. Unfortunately, very few restaurateurs have both and maintain them. So far, Marcello has done just that. Bravissimo for that.

New gourmet market in Manalapan

A gourmet market and prepared foods store called Epicurean Fine Foods is going into the old Village Marketplace in Manalapan across from The Ritz-Carlton. Let’s see how they do. I’ll have more on it when I talk to the manager, but expect a similar format to the old Marketplace. Not sure what makes this group think they can succeed at the same game, same location, just different names…I’ll know more when I talk to the manager. Check back this week.

Wal-Mart going organic, smaller

Wal-Mart is building a “community” store in the old Albertson’s plaza at Northlake and Military Trail. The giant box-store has created a smaller footprint store that will offer more products driven by demographics. We hear there’s a strong focus on organics in this store – that should give Publix’s GreenWise and Whole Foods Market on the other side of I-95 off PGA a run for their bucks. No opening date so far.


This week, Flavor Palm Beach kicks off on Sept. 5 (a Friday) with a tasting at Clematis Street’s Centennial Square. The event is a restaurant month with fixed-price menus at top eateries. New York kick-started this event after 9/11 to draw patrons back to restaurants; it’s spread to several cities around the country.

Now, the September event here gives new diners a chance to try restaurants they might shy away from otherwise. Big names include Forte di Asprinio (the restaurant from Top Chef Steven Asprinio); Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, a Mexican casual, and Pistache, a French bistro — all on Clematis, Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens, and Cafe Joley in Boca Raton. Others are in the line-up, but these are a few that will be participating Sept. 5 for the tasting. Tickets for Flavor Palm Beach are at $15 in advance, or $20 at the tasting.

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

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