Buccan Chef Clay Conley Is Opening Up Grato, An Italian Trattoria, In West Palm Beach This December
A family-friendly Italian trattoria by Buccan chef Clay Conley is opening in West Palm Beach this month.
Called Grato, which means grateful in Italian, the restaurant will serve rustic Italian cuisine. Almost all of the ingredients will be made in-house. It will open in mid to late December, initially providing dinner service only.
The restaurant, which will open along the Dixie Highway corridor, is Buccan Group's first outside of Palm Beach. West Palm Beach was a natural and exciting move for the restaurant group, according to Buccan Group partner Piper Quinn.
"Our location in Flamingo Park is just down the street from The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Atlantic University and steps away from the El Cid neighborhood. … The city is going through a lively metamorphosis and particularly the Dixie Highway corridor. We're looking forward to being a big part of the revitalization of our area,” Quinn said.
Grato will cater toward urban professionals and young families in the area with an approachable menu at a more affordable price point. (Meals are expected to run an estimated $35 to $45 per person, according to Conley.)
The James Beard Award-nominated chef said his hope is for Grato to become a true neighborhood spot.
“I live in this community, and really wanted to create the kind of place I would bring my family and friends," he said in a press release.
The 150-seat restaurant will feature an open plan with a large dining room, bar/lounge and an open kitchen with seating along the area from which meals are expedited.
Handmade pastas will be the highlight at Grato, with plates including bucatini carbonara with ham, pork belly, mint and Pecorino cheese; mustard orecchiette with rabbit sausage and broccoli rabe; and gemeli nero with octopus, lemon, tomato and olives.
Chef Conley is also crafting his first children's menu for the new restaurant. It will feature kid-friendly items, such as peanut butter and jelly paninis and "worms and cheese and trees"—a mac and cheese dish prepared with handmade fusilli pasta and broccoli.
Grato will be equipped with a wood-fired brick oven to turn out red and white pizzas, plus a large rotisserie for spit-roasted meats, fish, chicken and even cauliflower. Meanwhile, the bar will serve cocktails, wine, and local and Italian craft beers, alongside other Italian beers, such as Peroni and Moretti, on tap.
The restaurant will eventually expand to serve lunch and weekend brunch. For more information, visit gratowpb.com.
Grato; 1901 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Photo courtesy Andy Ryan