LAKE PARK -- Seven varieties of pasta with seven homemade sauces, baked pasta dishes, pizza and sub sandwiches are all on the menu at Lake Park's newest dining experience -- Natalucci's.

Owned by Scott and Robin Nicholson, the Italian eatery has been open for business since August. Diners can enjoy lunch and dinner every day but Tuesday at the restaurant, located at 4981 Highway 41 S., plus an extensive buffet on Sunday. And for those wanting the same dining experience but in the privacy of their home or office, Natalucci's delivers within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant.

Named in honor of one of Mr. Nicholson's mentors, the 94-year old owner of an Italian restaurant in his hometown of W. Palm Beach, Natalucci's is a welcome addition to the Lake Park area.

Drawing on his previous experience as a former co-owner of Rascals, Mr. Nicholson and his wife have created a comfortable restaurant with a neighborhood feel. Decorated in shades of purple and green, inside and out, Natalucci's is eye-catching and inviting.

"Our first thought was to open a pizzeria with games as a place for teens -- we have five between us -- to go and hang out, but we decided that a restaurant like this would be more of a benefit to Lake Park," said Mrs. Nicholson.

She said the delivery service has been extremely popular so far, with their coverage area extending throughout Lake Park, into Clyattville and South Valdosta as well.

Menu items include a variety of appetizers, sub sandwiches including an eggplant version, pizza with an extensive selection of toppings, baked pasta dishes, and customers can mix and match seven different pastas and sauces. Diners also have a selection of wines and desserts, including tiramisu, to choose from.

On Sundays, the buffet is available from 12 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m., with at least four different main pasta dishes and several different kinds of pizza.

Natalucci's is open every day but Tuesday at 11 a.m., until 10 p.m. through the week, and until 11 p.m. on the weekend.

To contact Business Editor Kay Harris, please call 244-3400, ext. 280.

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