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Sole Mio Italian restaurant opens at Valley Creek Mall

Sole Mio owners Angelo and Teresa Montes opened the restaurant last week. Staff photo by Riham Feshir1 / 2
Sole Mio Chef Angelo Montes will serve up salads, authentic Italian food, steak and seafood. Staff photo by Riham Feshir2 / 2

A new Italian restaurant opened last week at the Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury.

Master Chef Angelo Montes opened "Sole Mio Ristorante" where he will serve authentic Italian food along with steak and seafood.

As a certified executive chef by the American Culinary Federation, Montes brings 35 years of experience to the new restaurant.

The lunch menu will be served daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a buffet option from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dinner starts at 4 p.m. starting with a variety of appetizers then on to the prepared dinner options featuring pastas, steak and seafood.

The chef has nearly 6,000 personal recipes at hand, allowing for daily specials.

Montes was born in Sicily and was raised near Milan, Italy. He and his wife Teresa came to Woodbury 13 years ago. He said he considers Woodbury "his home where he was born in America." For this reason he insisted on his restaurant located in what he considers his American birthplace.

Montes noted that he has added 100 new jobs at the restaurant.

"It's my passion to work hard and grow as a family with the community," he said. "My dream with my wife Teresa is to offer fantastic Italian food, great service, and a great time at my restaurant. I will do my very best and let the people judge for themselves."

His resume in the culinary industry includes: The C.H.E.F.F.Y. Chef of the Year for 2010, corporate head chef of three restaurants at the same time and awarded "Best Brunch" 11 years in a row.

Sole Mio Ristaurante will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with dinner served until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with dinner served until 10 p.m.

To-Go and Party sides will be offered; a semi-private banquet room available for up to 40 guests.

Sole Mio Ristorante is owned by AMICI, LLC., Chef Angelo Montes, Teresa Montes, Tony Magnotta, and Alsia Magnotta.