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Shhh...Melisse Chef in the South Bay!

rachel12 | Apr 24, 200803:06 PM

Just a heads up to people who actually care about food in the South Bay, chef that used to work at Melisse and Masa has turned up in the South Bay to work this summer before possibly moving on to greener pastures (can you blame him?).

On a recent trip home I was lucky enough to drop by a "new" restaurant that looked dismal but I had to give it the benefit of the doubt. Once inside I immediately saw a bar and flat screens and was about to walk out when in the corner I spied a young man in chef's attire grueling over a menu.

Instead I planted myself down and wound up talking to the fellow. Turns out the menu was the current one and he was deciding how he could possibly add more inventive items and keep the current prices low and "friendly", something that I hate but understand given the majority of the South Bay clientele. After a bit he told me where he used to work, and I swear to all that is holy I almost swooned!

Although the dishes he plans on adding to the menu throughout the following months are far from what he was used to cranking out, they were interesting. I am hoping by informing people on my discovery, I may inspire some to support some good eating in the area! Although as previously stated he probably won't be around forever, lets help a young kid out and get some good eating in while we have the chance!

The name of the restaurant is Paradiso Ristorante & Lounge. Here is a link to their website:

Like I said I don't think he's taken over the kitchen yet, but keep your eyes peeled!

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