Ombra Ristorante & Bar Joins Palisades Village

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Palisades Village has placed signs boasting Ombra Ristorante & Bar, the latest tenant to join the development, will be opening soon.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ombra Ristorante & Bar, a new concept from local restaurateur Tancredi Deluca of Amici Brentwood, to Palisades Village,” Julie Jauregui, senior vice president, retail operations and leasing for Caruso, shared with the Palisadian-Post.

Ombra will open in the vacant corner space situated between Bonjour Fête and what originally opened with the development as Rachel Zoe’s residency and is now Frame—across Swarthmore Avenue from the Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and Hank’s.

Deluca’s Amici Brentwood offers an “authentic menu” with “freshly prepared Italian with something unique for everyone,” according to the restaurant’s website. “Our pasta lab prepares fresh pasta daily using traditional recipes with modern flair.”

Ombra is not the first partnership between Caruso and Deluca: Deluca’s Italian Deli opened at Americana at Brand in 2010. The deli offers chef-driven panini sandwiches, which are made to order and pressed in an Italian panini maker machine.

Deluca also operates Trattoria Amici at the Americana at Brand, similar to the Brentwood space, and Ombra—a walk-in-only wine bar and craft cocktails spot that offers lunch, dinner and small bite menus.

“Ombra Wine Bar at The Americana offers cocktails and small bites in the evenings,” a representative from Caruso explained. “Ombra Ristorante & Bar at Palisades Village will be a full-service dining experience with a large menu for lunch and dinner alongside many of the same hand-crafted cocktails found at Ombra Wine Bar and more.”

Caruso and Deluca teamed up again to open Emilia at the corner of Burton Way and San Vicente in July 2019, taking over The Larder space, which closed in April of that year. The menu at Emilia covers classic Italian staples—similar to what will be offered at Ombra.

“Our neighbors can expect to enjoy the bold flavors of Italy, including classic pizzas with hand-rolled dough and homemade pasta made fresh daily, served in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere,” Jauregui said.

Ombra is slated to open in Palisades Village this summer.

“With an expansive terrace overlooking Swarthmore,” Jauregui said, “we’re certain that Ombra will quickly become a go-to for all-day dining and hand-crafted cocktails in a stunning al fresco setting.”