Lombardi Mare, Alberto Lombardi's seafood extravaganza, has had a shift in the head. Executive chef Tony Knight has departed, or is departing, or might not completely depart, or something. "I'm just looking for other avenues, going a different route," he says. Knight adds he's been doing some consulting for Lombardi Mare's parent company, Lombardi's Inc., but he won't say precisely what he plans to do. "I'm not going to say anything until everything is sewed up on the other end," he adds. Ouch. But one thing is for sure: his slot's been filled. And taking the task of filling it is none other than Tom Fleming, recently executive chef of the Riviera. Why did he split from Franco Bertolasi's vaunted Continental dining room? "Change of pace," he says. "I love the Riviera. I love Franco Bertolasi. But I needed a change of pace in my life," he says. He also says he needs to get his feet wet, which is a good thing to do in a seafood restaurant. Following the foot lapping, Fleming will unveil a new Lombardi Mare menu in mid-November.
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