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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, June 26, 2022


Fans of Patricia LeCorte will be happy to learn that the well-known local restaurateur will soon be in business again.
This time, her venue will be the venerable northside locale, Ferrari's Ristorante.
LeCorte closed her Blackbeard's Hill restaurant, Lulu's, six months ago. "And that is long enough," LeCorte said.
"I'm anxious to be at work again, and the north side is my favorite location," she added, noting that she is a longtime resident of that area.
"When the site became available, I was thrilled," she said. LeCorte has been looking for a new locale since Lulu's closed, but until now hadn't found one that satisfied her needs.
"I wanted a place where I could cook good, reasonably priced food in a fun atmosphere," she said. "Ferrari's fits the bill, and it is a northside landmark, of sorts."
The menu will remain, basically, unchanged, and the name will stay. The food concept will remain largely Italian, but with a slightly more Mediterranean influence. Exactly, what is a Mediterranean influence?
"Dishes from France and Spain as well as Italy," LeCorte said.
Featured will be, for instance, a grilled chicken breast with black olive tapenade and preserved lemon, or a local fish, say mahi-mahi, with a Mediterranean salsa served over couscous.
"And, of course, we will keep the pizzas, wonderful gourmet pizzas, "Le Corte said. "In fact, we are going to have a pizza room, where parties can sit together, or take out, or eat at the bar."
Another innovation will be an antipasto table. Patrons of LeCorte's Café Provence, which she had in Frenchtown several years ago, will remember the antipasto table there laden with gourmet goodies such as lentil salad, frittatas or steamed asparagus is extra virgin olive oil.
"It's a vegetarian's delight," LeCorte said.
As to wait staff, that's no problem. LeCorte has had a faithful crew since Fiddle Leaf, her maiden restaurant endeavor, many moons ago and one of the island's top dining spots until Hurricane Hugo decided otherwise.
An opening date is not yet set but, LeCorte said, it will definitely be before Jan. 15. Dinners will start at 6 p.m., but she's not yet decided whether to open the bar earlier.
The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday.

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