Buzzy Grato soon will open for lunch in West Palm Beach

On the menu: paccheri with herb ricotta and "Sunday gravy." (Photo: LibbyVision.com)

On the menu: paccheri with herb ricotta and “Sunday gravy.” Photo: LibbyVision.com

Lunch on South Dixie Highway is about to get serious. Serious as in reservations just may be recommended serious, as in major chef serious, as in Sunday gravy served on Tuesday serious.

Grato, the hottest spot on Palm Beach County’s restaurant heat map, will open for lunch starting Monday, Aug. 8. Lunch service at the 7-month-old West Palm Beach trattoria, which is co-owned by the team behind Palm Beach’s popular Buccan bistro, will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The flavor mind behind Grato, chef/partner Clay Conley, calls the move “a natural evolution.”

“As a neighborhood restaurant, it makes sense to expand our service to include lunch,” says Conley.

The Italian-inspired spot is located in his own neighborhood, Flamingo Park. It is where the nationally acclaimed chef presents brick oven-fired pizza and handmade pastas and a decadent Sunday a la carte brunch (starting at 11 a.m.).

Chef at work: Clay Conley plates pasta at Grato. (Photo: LibbyVision.com)

Clay Conley plates pasta at Grato. Photo: LibbyVision.com

“We will run some dinner items on the lunch menu, including all of the pizzas,” says Conley.

The lunch menu also will include “ample salads, sandwiches and additional variations of pasta,” he says. Soon, a catering menu will be added to offer off-site groups pan-sized renditions of pastas and salads.

On the lunch menu: entrée salads like Confit Tuna ($16) with shaved fennel and Romano beans, and Summer Panzanella ($14) with rotisserie chicken, porchetta sandwiches ($13) and meatball sandwiches ($12). Add to those some varying pasta options, such as gemelli with rock shrimp, prosciutto, artichoke and tomato ($15.50). Plus dinner menu items like Grato’s Paccheri ($13.50) with that Sunday-gravy meat sauce and Bucatini Carbonara ($14).

Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334; www.gratowpb.com.

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