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.

What to expect at the new Italian restaurant Prezzo

It’s not the first time the Prezzo brand ventures into Palm Beach Gardens. In the early 1990s, Rapoport and then business partner Dennis Max opened a Prezzo at the Prosperity Centre plaza on PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road. It was a spinoff of the original Prezzo in Boca Raton. (The Gardens location became a Carmine’s seafood restaurant.)

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