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Cinque Terre’s unassuming setting on Nova Drive in Davie belies the talents of chef Aldo Marcon.

Born and trained in Italy, he worked in New York and then New Orleans, where the storied restaurant he bought into, La Riviera in Metairie, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He left Louisiana for Miami, where he cheffed at several Italian spots, including Quattro Gastronomia Italiana on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. It was there that he met future wife Luisa Betancur, who was waitressing at Quattro’s next-door pizzeria.

The 73-seat dining room is decorated with amazing chalk murals by Daniel Betancurand paintings by customers who’ve participated in art parties at the restaurant. It was named after the famous Italian city of Cinque Terre, “the Five Lands” on the Italian Riviera, because it’s an area of Italy known for its seafood, Luisa Betancur explains.

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