When AMA Ristorante Tuscana reopens later this summer, the restaurant will not only have a slightly new name but vastly different surroundings than its former cozy Atlantic Highlands location where for three years it fed those lucky enough to land a table.
The restaurant, which features authentic Tuscan fare, will move to the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright in late summer and be surrounded by the beach and the river, according to a release.
A slight name change will reflect the change and the restaurant will be known as AMA at the Driftwood but will continue to feature dishes from its popular menu prepared by Chef Pat Trama, who worked under reknowned restauranteurs Charlie Palmer of Brooklyn's River Cafe and Drew Nieporent of Nobu fame.
“We are so excited about our new partnership (with the Driftwood) and our new home,” said Chef Pat Trama. AMA is named after a town in Tuscany and also means “love” in Latin.
The restaurant will occupy the second level of the club, will offer a wine and drink menu, and will include a private dining room for parties and events. The move also will more than double the current size of the restaurant, which will be open to both club members and the public year round.
General Manager Laura Borawski said plans call for a casual, rustic, yet elegant atmosphere reflective of a Tuscan villa.