Amici Market plans late October opening in former Salamander space

M.M. Coultier
Palm Beach Daily News
September 25, 2010

Longtime Palm Beach restaurateur Maurizio Ciminella is poised to unveil his next business venture on the island a retail gourmet grocery and fine-food emporium.

If all goes according to plan, Amici Market — which takes its name from the Palm Beach restaurant Ciminella operated for 16 years — will open at the end of October at 155 N. County Road, occupying approximately 5,700 square feet formerly home to Market Salamander.

Amici Market will feature everything from hormone-free, grass-fed meats to local and seasonal fish and seafood, organic produce, a bakery, pizza, made-to-order sandwiches, a cheese island, olive bar, specialty olive oils and vinegars, fresh pastas and gourmet dry goods, such as Arborio rice and polenta.

A focus will be daily, prepared dishes to go, including platters, entrees, side dishes and salads. Most of that will be facilitated by Johnny Contreras, the chef who helmed Amici Ristorante’s kitchen for years.

In addition, Amici Market will include a 300-plus-bottle wine department.

Ciminella’s business partner in the venture is Palm Beach businessman and Broadway producer Bob Cuillo. Ciminella said he will go before the Town Council in mid-October to present the town-serving nature of the business.

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