Sea Bright, NJ – AMA Ristorante Tuscana - the popular, authentic-Italian restaurant formerlylocated in Atlantic Highlands - will move its celebrated menu and staff to the spectacular seaside setting of the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright later this summer and will be renamed AMA  at the Driftwood.

After three very successful years in Atlantic Highlands, the restaurant and chef Pat Trama will bring their culinary talents to the Driftwood, where the remarkably faithful Tuscan fare and the breathtaking ocean and Shrewsbury River views will combine to provide a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

(Photo: Laura Borawski & Pat Trama at Driftwood Cabana Club)

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.

“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. General Manager Laura Borawski said plans call for a casual, rustic, yet elegant atmosphere reflective of a Tuscan villa. According to Borawski, the interior design will use earthy, warm tones, accented with wrought iron accessories such as light fixtures and stair railings, a soaring exposed beamed ceiling, simple window treatments and one or two antique furnishings as focal points.

Chef Trama is a native New Yorker and grew up in family of restaurateurs. He began his professional culinary career at the River Café, Brooklyn, under the tutelage of Charlie Palmer, now a James Beard award-winning chef with many star-studded restaurants. The Michelin-star River Café - known for launching many world-class chefs – has been referred to as “the Harvard Business School of the Culinary Arts” by the New York Times. Chef Trama went on to work with the renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent, founder of the Myriad Restaurant Group, which includes New York Times three-star rated Corton, Tribeca Grill and Nobu among others. Chef Trama also was a chef with local David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson.

Like his mentors, Chef Trama believes there is no compromise when preparing authentic Tuscan dishes. He demands the freshest and highest quality ingredients, whether local or global. Chef Trama plans once again to showcase the very popular antipasti bar withseasonal vegetables, artisan cheeses and charcuterie. Fans will also find the perpetual favorites such as Calamari alla Frito and Penne con Supo di Vitello e Tartufo Olio as well as many new dishes.

The Stavola family, owners of the Driftwood Cabana Club for over 50 years, is very excited to be partnering with AMA to provide this very special year round eatery for both Club members and for the public.

The following is a statement about the new partnership that was provided by the Stavola family: Pat and Laura’s outstanding reputation in the fine dining community was a key factor in our decision to move forward. In addition, both Pat and Laura share the same work ethic as we do, which will ultimately lead to our partnership providing the same high level of service the Driftwood Cabana Club does for its members now.