Prezzo to open in Palm Beach Gardens’ Scusi spot

First, the bad news: Scusi, the PGA Boulevard trattoria opened by star chef Laurent Tourondel in late 2019, has permanently closed. The good news? Prezzo, the iconic 90s-era Italian restaurant revived in Boca Raton four years ago by restaurateur Burt Rapoport, will take over the space.

Prezzo is expected to open this fall at the PGA Commons plaza in the space that housed Vic and Angelo’s for 14 years before it welcomed Scusi.

“We’re hoping for mid-November. It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Prezzo’s managing partner Eddie Pozzuoli said Thursday by phone. 

A view of Scusi's sunny patio in Palm Beach Gardens. The spacious restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating areas, punctuated in Mediterranean hues.

The Scusi space, sunny and furnished in Mediterranean blues and whites, is pretty much turnkey, says Pozzuoli, a former Coral Springs restaurant owner who partnered with Rapoport two years ago to run the Prezzo brand.

“Fortunately, we won’t have to do much construction to the space. If at all, it’ll be just cosmetic,” he said.

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10 of the best Greater Boston neighborhoods for foodies

Like most major cities, Boston is a series of unique neighborhoods – 23 to be exact. Each one has its own feel and flavors.

Dorchester is the place to go for a bowl of pho, while Roxbury has some of the best regional African and soul food options in the Bay State. The North End is now the largest Little Italy in the Northeast, while multigenerational Jewish delis in Brookline are still going strong. Unofficial Koreatowns and Chinatowns are emerging in neighboring Allston and Quincy. And a short train ride from North Station will take you to the highest concentration of Cambodian restaurants in the country.

From Dorchester to the North End and the Lowell Highlands to North Quincy, here is our list of some of the best Greater Boston neighborhoods for foodies.

Allston

The stretch of Harvard Avenue between Gardner Street and Commonwealth Avenue is Greater Boston’s unofficial Koreatown.

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O’mei’s menu dishes fresh flavor

Leaving another restaurant at Tamiami Square in North Naples, I saw the nearby O’mei and my stomach sank.

I hadn’t visited this upscale Chinese restaurant since it returned to this plaza off U.S. 41 earlier this year. Then my stomach growled when I remembered how delicious O’mei can be.

Executive chef Mark Cheng and his wife, Mary, first opened O’mei Chinese Cuisine in this very spot 11 years ago. They packed up and moved to a Naples Boulevard location in 2014 before returning to their original home in April. 

“We have some consistent customers that have come since we were in this location,” Mary Cheng said in an April interview. “People loved this location, and we did too.” 

O'mei's pan-fried egg noodles come with chicken, shrimp and scallops.

I wanted to learn more about that love, and thus this review found me tucked into the corner of an O’mei booth in a dining room that seats about 150 but, on

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