Palena, a small town located in the Provence of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy, is the home town of Chef Frank Ruta’s mother. The picturesque mountain town is located 2,300 feet above sea level where archeological remains date back 40,000 years. Palena is located in the Maielle mountain range, a string of dome-shaped masses which are part of the austere Appenine mountains. The Abruzzo of today is still mostly unspoiled and authentic.
Around town strawberries and raspberries grow wild. Prickly clumps of juniper dot the paths and untamed flora cover the hillsides. The environment influences the cooking wherein tradition still reigns. Local ingredients are commonly used in what is known as “cucina genuina” or genuine cooking.
Palena offers 2 distinct dining options. The Dining Room offers a price fixe tasting menu and a classic setting. While the Cafe offers dining a la carte and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. All options feature the seasonal, innovative cuisine of James Beard award winning chef, Frank Ruta. Palena Market is coming soon.