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New owner brings Old World charm at the Winemakers Table in Delray Beach

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The Winemakers Table

2875 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach, 561-501-4107, TheWineMakersTable.net

A pastry shop owner from Switzerland has taken over this one-year-old, 12-table nook as a first-time restaurateur.

“It’s a European setting, so that’s why I bought it,” says Jessica Scialetti, an Ecuador native who lived in Europe for the past decade. “It felt like a French castle to me.”

Indeed, the baroque décor with extravagant crystal chandeliers and Murano glass lamps is quite surprising for an industrial plaza.

“It’s a destination,” she says. “People hear about it by word of mouth, and that’s what makes it so special.”

The elegant Old World ambiance incorporates antiques, brick walls, faux-gold wall treatments, burgundy drapes, a mural of a village with a waterfall and a plush lounge with high-back sofas and upholstered chairs.

“Before the cuisine was more American. Now we are doing more of a creative and European cuisine,” Scialetti says. “My executive chef, Joshua Bradley, has the touch the way he combines flavors using quality products. For example, serving a watermelon salad with tomato confit and basic caviar — it is an explosion of flavors.”

The menu changes monthly, but the 5 Star Reserve New York Strip ($38) is always a signature. October’s selections include slow-roasted duck crepes ($14), hot smoked salmon ($15), grilled swordfish ($38) and cast-iron veal chop ($49).

“I’m introducing European pastries like cream puffs, chocolate eclairs, fruit tarts and different flavors of mousses,” Scialetti says.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday. Look for monthly wine-pairing dinners.

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