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Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers with a Brazilian Twist to open in Midtown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:06

 

giraffasGiraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers a fast casual dining concept founded by Carlos Guerra, with a vibrant décor and cheery colors, revolving menus display boards,  TV screens and an open kitchen is opening its second location at the Shops in Midtown — the first US location opened at  1821 NE 123rd Street. and Biscayne Blvd.

This is not the Rodizio-type all-you-can-eat meat Brazilian restaurant. It offers a menu of American dishes such as burgers, steaks, chicken, shrimp and pasta dishes with a Brazilian twist.   There is not just high-quality Brazilian cuts, such as Picanha and Maminha, they come with Brazilian spicy sauces;  you will find pastas with Strogranoff sauce, commonly served in Brazil, Quinoa salad and Brazilian Farofa, and  desserts such as the typically Brazilian Petit Gâteau. Giraffas even offers a selection of beers, including Itaipava Brazilian beer.

Portions are generous and range from $8 for a Picanha meat burger with fries to $15 for salmon dishes.

In Brazil, Mr. Guerra grew Giraffas to 385 restaurants.   Giraffas’ U.S. is family owned and operated with plans to expand into four additional locations by the end of 2012, and 34 locations over the next five years.

Giraffas Restaurant  giraffas.com

 
China Grill relocates to Brickell area, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Walker, Miami Herald   
Monday, 09 April 2012 21:02

chinagrillChina Grill, which has been one of South Beach’s landmark restaurants since 1995, is closing its doors on Saturday, April 28 in preparation for a move to Brickell Avenue later this year.

The restaurant’s 75 employees were told about the decision Saturday after China Grill Management and owner Jeffrey Chodorow signed a lease on Friday for a new location at 801 Brickell Avenue, which will open during the fall or just before the winter holidays.

The South Beach location of China Grill was part of what lead the revival of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The restaurant’s lighted tower became an architectural icon and the restaurant was considered a destination for the hip and famous. But over the years competition in Miami’s culinary scene has increased and China Grill lost some of its luster.

China Grill’s possible move had been anticipated for more than a year and the company had first considered moving to Midtown Miami.

“After years in one of the most iconic South Beach locations we felt our client demographics had changed,” said Terry Zarikian, director of product development for China Grill Management. “We decided that Brickell would be a better location to introduce the new direction of China Grill.”

The new 15,000-square-foot China Grill at 801 Brickell Ave. will be a three-level restaurant with elevated ceilings and a covered outdoor dining garden and bar. Designed by New York's ICRAVE Studio in association with Miami based Arquitectonica, the new Brickell restaurant is part of an effort to refresh the brand which this year will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its flagship New York opening.

China Grill has locations in Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New York, and Mexico City, all of which are expected to receive renovations and a new culinary concept.

Employees at the Miami Beach restaurant will receive severance packages if they remain until the restaurant closing, Zarikian said. The company has also made arrangements for them to be interviewed by MILOS, another new restaurant opening on South Beach.

Employees are encouraged to reapply for jobs at the new Brickell restaurant. China Grill managers will be kept on after the Miami Beach closing and some will be working at the Fort Lauderdale restaurant. The chef will move to China Grill Fort Lauderdale.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/08/2738150/china-grill-moving-from-miami.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

 
Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing Brings Kosher-Style Food to Surfside PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 19:30

deliJohn Donovan and chef Joshua Marcus have opened Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing on Harding Ave., surfside.  “This is something that I have always wanted to do,” explains chef Joshua Marcus. “What South Florida is missing is great deli. And I plan to fill that void. We’re taking all of the classics and putting a fresh, new twist on them.”

Straight from his grandmother’s recipe book, chef Joshua will cook up knishes, latkes, chopped liver and more, and his own house-made bagels.  On the menu, there’s a large selection of house-made  specialties such as  Matzoh balls, (which are made with duck fat and ginger beer); stuffed cabbage; thinly sliced smoked sable (black cod brined for three hours then hot smoked for four hours, topped with molasses and paprika); pickled mackerel; thinly sliced pastrami salmon (salmon cured with pastrami spices for three days, served with pickled vegetables and toast points); and more.

deli2deli3The Sandwich Board includes a selection of pastrami; corned beef; Harding salami (a house-made combination of a savory Italian salami and classic kosher hard salami); and tongue; as well as specialty sandwiches like the “Jewban” (9.95), a combo of pastrami and roasted pork topped with pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on pressed Cuban bread; and “Tricky Rickey” (10.95) (duck prosciutto, Roasted turkey, brie, caramelized onions and spinach on a Ciabatta roll).

Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing is open from 8AM-8PM for  breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Surfside’s only true Jewish-style deli.  Delivery is available upon request.  9517 Harding Ave., Surfside FL 305. 397. 8494

 
Fresco Trattoria opens in South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 19:13

frescotrattoria 001Fresco Trattoria, a 269-seat indoor/outdoor Italian eatery has opened at 1410 Ocean Drive in South Beach. This the first US location for owner Sergio Massaglia, who owns and operates two Fresco locations in Milan and Naples, Italy. Keeping in the spirit of these old trattorie,  Fresco’s main dining room is modeled after its sister properties overseas.  The kitchen is helmed by two Italian-born chefs and the menu includes a variety of antipasti, hand-tossed pizzas, pastas and more: http://www.frescomiami.com/menu/Menu/

Fresco Trattoria is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight. 1410 Ocean Drive, South Beach. For reservations: 305.535.3500 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   www.frescomiami.com.

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Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, a contemporary Pan-Latin restaurant slated to open mid-April in Brickell Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 16:09

Kokoriko, the 45-year-old Colombian chain of restaurants specializing in rotisserie chicken, and its CEO, Eduardo Robayo, have partnered with Mexican restaurateur and chef Richard Sandoval (a James Beard Award nominee) to open Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, a 3,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor location at the street level of the Axis building, 1111 SW 1st Avenue in downtown Miami’s Brickell area.

The modernized version of the reasonably-priced, casual chain of eateries offers a menu of free-range, all-natural chicken specialties, salads, soups, sandwiches and Latin American comfort foods with authentic Latin ingredients and international flavors and cooking techniques inspired by Sandoval’s culinary repertoire and Mexican heritage.

Signature dishes include a grilled half boneless chicken “churrasco,” jicama cucumber salad, ajiaco soup and Sandoval’s twist on a popular Venezuelan dish, corn cachapas pancakes, plain or with a cheese and tomato jam filling.  The menu also lists sandwiches like oven-roasted vegetable sandwich with a medley of vegetables, portabella mushroom, jack cheese, watercress salad and chimichurri;  arepas filled with a choice of chicken salad or BBQ chicken and tacos such as tinga  pulled rotisserie chicken, spicy tomato sauce, black bean puree and pico de gallo.

For Sides the choices run from yucca fries with citrus mojo and crushed baby potato “tostones” with truffle chimichurri to creamy aji amarillo cole slaw and Latin-style corn on the cob with creamy chipotle sauce and queso fresco.  Desserts include cheesecake drizzled with tomato jam and sweet plantains covered with cheese and guava or cheese and caramel.

The first of several future restaurants across the United States, Kokoriko is embarking on an international expansion.  Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie in downtown Miami’s Brickell area is slated to open mid-April, across the street from the Brickell Avenue Metrorail and Metromover station.   Open for  lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.    305-372-2594.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2012 19:15
 
Queen Lounge: Mixology and Gastronomy, opens in South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Friday, 30 March 2012 18:06

queens lounge 3Queen Lounge, a new 4,000-square-foot multi-room cocktail and gastro-lounge is opening at 841 Washington Avenue, South Beach. It is the brainchild of European nightlife savant Sanaa Moussaoui and managing partner/Miami native Maria Ortiz. Mixology veteran Thomas Merolla (Living Room; Mondrian; Delano) is in charge of the extensive menu of hand-crafted cocktails.   Executive Chef Matthew Goldberg — formerly of Wynwood’s Cafeina and trained by   Chef Michelle Bernstein — created a menu of small plates such as Goat Cheese and Jamon Truffles ($12), herb-infused goat cheese spiked with jamon serrano rolled in a pistachio crust with rum-soaked guava glaze; Kobe Beef Sliders ($16) and  Ahi Tuna Sashimi ($12), hand sliced tuna with watercress, grapefruit, ginger, scallions, chili oil and yuzu-soy drizzle.

Queen Lounge is open seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. Guests can unwind and enjoy $5 cocktails and tapas from 5 to 8 p.m. daily during The Ultimate Happy Hour. 841 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. 305.397.8056,   www.queenloungemiami.com.

 
South of France meets South Beach at Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 23:32

azurCo-Owners Jean-Philippe Bernard, Michael Martin and acclaimed French Actor Olivier Martinez (Hale Berry’s significant other) have opened their 6,000 square foot restaurant & lounge, Villa Azur with a private dining room enclosed within an elegant wine cellar and a chic outdoor patio, at 309 23rd Avenue, Miami Beach.

In addition to a raw bar with abundant seafood towers and fresh oysters, the menu under the direction of Executive Chef Mickael Bensa, will bring a taste of the South of France to South Beach with dishes such as Rigatoni  Aux Morilles (Rigatoni with a morels mushroom sauce), Penne Rigate (Penne Rigate with vodka & caviar crème sauce), Mignon de Veau Farcis aux Artichauts (Veal filet mignon stuffed with artichokes, confit tomatoes & scamorza cheese), Cassolette de Bouillabaisse Mediterraneenne (Mediterranean Bouillabaisse Casserole), St. Jacques Safrancées (Seared scallops with leek fondue, pousses of boraggine & saffron sauce), Dos de Branzino Grillé (Grilled Branzino with roasted pepper coulis and artichoke barigoule) and desserts such as Mousse au Nutella, to name a few.

Light bites or take-out from Villa Azur's French Gourmet & Delicatessen menu include caviar, smoked salmon, handmade Foie Gras and French macaroons.

"We couldn't be more excited to open the doors to Villa Azur and for guests to experience the exceptional cuisine that Executive Chef Michael Bensa will be offering," says co-owner Jean-Philippe Bernard. "Not only is Villa Azur a restaurant where guests can enjoy fine South of France cuisine with an Italian twist but it is also a "destination" where friends can join together in a comfortable setting with a great energy," adds co-owner Michael Martin.

"The design of Villa Azur is absolutely breathtaking and I am very excited to be joining my friends and business partners in opening a restaurant in Miami which is one of my favorite cities in the world. From the cuisine and drink menus to the overall atmosphere and ambiance Villa Azur will definitely bring that authentic South of France lifestyle to South Beach," said co-owner Olivier Martinez.

La Cave d'Azur offers over 190 hand-picked wines and champagnes from a small village appellation to a Grand Cru Classé of France, Italy and Spain and some prestigious North American winery and will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 PM. Villa Azur will feature DJs from the South of France and all over the world giving guests the characteristic Miami Beach energy and after-dinner vibe.

Villa Azur is open for dinner 7 days a week from 7 pm until late and for brunch every Saturday starting at noon.  La Cave d'Azur is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 PM. Reservations: 305 763 8688      (305) 538-2118. www.villaazurmiami.com .

 
Jarod Higgins new Chef de Cuisine at new Red, the Steakhouse, Boca Raton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 22:47

jarod higgins Chef Peter Vauthy of Red, the Steakhouse Miami Beach announced the appointment of Jarod Higgins as the chef de cuisine of the soon-to-open Red, the Steakhouse Boca Raton.

Higgins will direct all food and beverage operations for the award-winning steakhouse. With the original, Red, the Steakhouse in Cleveland and its sister restaurant already a mainstay in South Beach, the Boca Raton location will be the third Red restaurant in Red Restaurant Group’s portfolio set to open next month.

A New England native, Higgins, who was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, most recently served as executive chef of Flare Brick Oven Bistro in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was executive chef at The Chop House at The Four Points Sheraton in Asheville, NC where he previously served as the food & beverage director and began his culinary hospitality career at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Red, the Steakhouse Boca Raton is located at 1901 North Military Road Boca Raton, FL. For more information or reservations call 561.353.9139 or visit www.redthesteakhouse.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 22:50
 
Alex Rosado appointed Executive Chef of The Dining Room at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:52

Chef Alex Rosado, the former Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, now heads the property's signature restaurant, as well as oversees menu development and chef management. “My commitment to using fresh, local ingredients and incorporating vibrant flavors into both classic and innovative techniques will ensure that The Dining Room’s dishes remain sophisticated but approachable,” said Chef Rosado who has been working alongside Corporate Chef, Luis Pous to develop the restaurant’s accolade-winning French and Pan-Latin fare.

Prior to joining Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd., in 2009, the Puerto Rican born Chef Rosado, a graduate of the Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta,  honed his skills in award-winning kitchens, including Rathbun’s Atlanta; The Caribbean Grill at The Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the lower Florida Keys, is located on a lush, 5.5 acre private island.   Little Palm Island is located at 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, Fla. 33042.  1-800-343-8567 or   www.littlepalmisland.com.

 
Ni.Do. Caffé new Italian Eatery on Biscayne corridor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Sunday, 04 March 2012 21:42

 

Ni.Do  Caffé, a cozy new Italian eatery with a granite bar,  whitewashed wooden tables and a small market has recently opened on Biscayne. On the menu paccheri pasta, sausage and provola cheese,  creamy mozzarella di buffalo, carpaccios and tartares followed by regional dishes.

Ni.Do. Caffé,7295 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-960-7022. www.nidocaffe.com

 
Soho Beach House opens Ocho Taqueria and Tequila bar on 8th floor rooftop, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:44


Ocho, Soho Beach House’s new Taqueria and Tequila bar  on their 8th floor rooftop brings a deliciously spiced menu by Mexican Chef Mario Manzanero, including fresh ceviche, queso fundito, crispy chorizo, carnitas con salsa verde, and the best guacamole outside of Tijuana with an occasional Mariachi band and surprise festivities every week.. Inspired by Mexican street-food taco trucks and evoking the vibe of an authentic cantina, Ocho also offers a variety of Mezcal and over forty types of Tequila as well as eight types of Margaritas, from the Smokey Pedro with house-made curaçao to the Watermelon & Cucumber, all priced at $8.

Ocho, Soho Beach House’s new Taqueria and Tequila bar is open Mon-Friday 6pm – midnight, Saturdays from 11:30 a.m to 1 a.m. and Sun 11:30-11pm
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 23:20
 
PM Fish & Steak House and Sacha’s Café open on Brickell, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:21

 

The 1450 Brickell/One Broadway office, retail and residential complex is now home to two new locations.  Sacha’s Café is owner Hans Viertl’s fourth location in Miami— the others are in Coral Gables and Blue Lagoon district. The former Club Med executive chef brings to his cafes freshly made salads, sandwiches and light bites for breakfast and lunch in a sophisticated ambiance that, with the addition of WiFi, is home to both major corporations and a growing residential population.

Argentine/Mexican-owned PM Fish & Steak House is a trendy, upscale steak and seafood restaurant with indoor and patio seating. The Brickell launch marks the restaurant’s United States debut following successful locations overseas

Both join fellow 1450 Brickell/One Broadway restaurants Brickell Irish Pub and Pieduck’s Pizza, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Brickell Deli, Dominique’s Bistro, and Tickl, a new concept by the team behind Miami Beach’s AltaMare.

For more information about 1450 Brickell & One Broadway, please visit www.1450Brickell.com or www.onebroadway.com. For office/retail leasing information, please contact Tere Blanca or Danet Linares of Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.

 
The Dome Caviar Bar opens in Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 06:10

In addition to opening the only Latin American fusion and caviar bar in the heart of Coral Gables, Cuban-Russian owner Rachel Dominguez has turned The Dome Caviar Bar into a Silver LEED Certified Eco-friendly restaurant and retail store selling from Russian Ossetra, and Royal Siberian Caviar to  White sturgeon, Hackleback, and Paddle Fish.

Executive Chef Marsha Orosco brings a vast culinary experience to The Dome: she became the first female executive chef for both Hollywood's Council Oak Steakhouse and Ft. Lauderdale's Morton's The Steakhouse. In addition to holding managerial positions at Season's 52, Norman's, and Mundo under Norman Van Aken.

The Dome Caviar Bar is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 to 10 p.m., Bar is open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Closed on Monday. 271 Miracle Mile • Coral Gables, FL • 33134 305-648-4999. http://thedomebar.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 06:11
 
Serendipity 3 opens restaurant on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 05:43

New York City import, Serendipity 3 — the first Serendipity started out in a basement in Manhattan’s upper east side in the 1950’s — has opened a full-scale restaurant with a menu of more than 50 dishes prepared by Executive Chef Chad Ellis and a bar.

At Serendipity, which means “the art of finding the pleasantly unexpected by chance or sagacity,” you’ll find starters like Wagyu Kobe Beef Sliders, Chicken Satay, Lettuce Wraps and Tropical Tuna Tacos. Entrees run the gamut from gourmet hand-tossed pizzas and towering burgers to Florida Black Grouper with a panzanella salad, “Drop Your Skirt Steak Frites,” and Fried Chicken & Waffles.  There are many “Sobe Fit”   dishes, perfect for the bikini conscious South Beach diner, or those who are saving the calories for the larger than life desserts such as the out of this world “Frozzzen Hot Chocolate.”

Stepping up where NYC stopped is the 20-foot bar, stocked with a full selection of liquor and numerous choices for signature cocktails, wine and Champagne. The ambiance is relaxed yet sophisticated  with an Alice in Wonderland charm, stained glass windows and Tiffany-esque chandeliers.

Serendipity 3,  1102 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-403-2210.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 16:32
 
La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria opens in North Palm Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 02:19

Chef Giordano “Giordy” Tonelli and his  wife, Simona,  have opened La Scaletta Ristorante -- which means “little steps” in Italian --  & Pizzeria,  in North Palm Beach, Florida.  The Tonellis who previously owned three restaurants in Milan, Italy --  Mr. Marlin, Senor Marlin, and Mr. Marlin Lounge and Bar --  as well as a restaurant on the island of Formentera, Spain, for over twenty years, have designed a chic yet comfortable ambiance with a large dining room featuring a Baby Grand Piano in the back of the restaurant, a chef’s bar facing the open kitchen, a cocktail bar; and a covered patio.

Chef Giordy’s menu is traditionally Italian starting with a wide variety of pizzas starting at $7.95, pasta dishes starting at $9.95, and most entrees under $20.00.   The menu lists appetizers like Carpaccio di Polipo (octopus appetizer) with lemon vinaigrette; Black Squid Ink Gnocchetti with Smoked Salmon in a light pink cream vodka sauce; and Branzino al Forno,  baked sea bass served with potatoes, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes.   Traditional favorites include Veal and Chicken Marsala and Milanese; Lasagna Bolognese (house-made lasagna with savory meat sauce) or Lasagna Pesto (house-made lasagna with fresh basil, Pecorino cheese, and pignoli nuts); seafood paella; and linguini with lobster.

There’s also Trancio di Salmone al Birra con Pomodori e Timo, fresh salmon with cherry tomatoes, thyme, and sautéed vegetables, which is enhanced with Italian beer; Robespierre di Manzo con Rucola e Grana, or sliced grilled beef with rosemary, ground pepper, arugula salad, and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese; Tagliolini Mr. Marlin and Trenette alla Ligure, a house-made pasta with pesto, potatoes and green beans.

La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria is open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, with a Lunch Special at $8.95.  Dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. -  midnight, along with live entertainment.  Happy Hour; Sunset Menu daily from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,  at $16.95

La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria, Crystal Tree Plaza, at 1201 US Highway One (south of PGA Boulevard) in North Palm Beach, Florida.  , (561) 630-8500 , www.lascalettagardens.com.

 
Carlos Torres appointed Executive Chef at 660 at The Angler’s, South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:36

 

Following the departure of chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, 660 at The Angler’s, appointed Executive Chef Carlos Torres to helm the kitchen.  Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Carlos Torres had opened a concept restaurant in Bogota with his brother before moving to New York City. There he worked at Lucy Latin Kitchen and Pipa. As a protégé of Douglas Rodriguez. Torres worked at OLA where he eventually was named Executive Chef, he opened De Rodriguez Cuba at The Astor along with De Rodriguez Ocean at the Hilton Bentley Hotel where he also served as Executive Chef.

His menu at 660 focuses on fresh seafood and Latin flavors with dishes like Scallop Ceviche marinated in Yuzu with red onion, avocado, cilantro, crispy garlic and oregano oil and Octopus Escabeche confit octopus, roasted red peppers, onions, lemon aioli, caper berries, olives and smoked paprika.

660 at The Angler’s is located at The Angler’s Boutique Resort, 660 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. 305.534.9600 www.theanglersresort.com

 
"Chopped" winner, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, relocates to Eating House, Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:18

chef giorgio rapacavoliChef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s successful appearance on Chopped — against winner Adrienne Grenier of 1500 Degrees in Miami— ended up in his leaving his three-plus-year gig at 660 at the Angler's. "I've seen the restaurant grow, and I've grown with it, but it's time we go our separate ways," he said as he prepared to open a pop-up restaurant called Eating House, on Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables with his good friend Alex Cassanova.

They plan to keep the eatery open for six months, and depending on their progress, they'll re-address their stay in August. Eating House's concept is essentially everything the young chef has been restricted from doing under the corporate umbrella. "I'm excited to not have to serve caesar salad anymore," he says.” It’ll be…twelve to 15 dishes, three to five desserts on any given day... no style, theme or genre...”. Close friend Eddie Fuentes, of the Fontainebleau, will spearhead the aperitif and cocktail program while Casanova handles the front of the house and Rapicavoli whips out the goods from the kitchen.

Eating House serves dinner within Cafe Ponce (which serves breakfast and lunch) from 6pm-1am Tuesdays through Sundays.   804 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:24
 
Bianca Italian Eatery opens at The Delano, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Friday, 20 January 2012 00:26

Blue Door has faded into Bianca (white in Italian). The Light Group, who currently own and operate 15 restaurant and nightlife venues in Las Vegas, make their debut in the Miami market on January 27th, 2012 with five new restaurants, bars and lounges, including the Delano’s new signature restaurant, BIANCA. The space was totally redecorated by interior design by Sam Robin, Inc. with traditional Italian furniture with a contemporary twist, antique pillars imported from Southeast Asia and wood blinds covered by gold linen drapes to allow an open and airy feel

The Italian‐inspired restaurant with Chef Brian Massie — BIANCA’s Corporate Executive Chef —serves modern Italian fare. Massie, a native New Yorker, has trained with famed Chef Lidia Bastianich and restaurateur Charlie Palmer, in addition to participating in an apprenticeship with Gualtiero Marchesi, a pioneer in Italian cuisine at his Bella Vista Vineyards in Erbusco.

BIANCA ‘s inventive Italian menu is based on local, organic ingredients and is a participant in

the Slow Food movement, with signature dishes, such as simply‐grilled Langoustines and handmade pasta along with seasonal truffles, shaved tableside. Entrées include branzino, snapper and an all‐natural NY Sirloin.

In the lobby, Umi Sushi & Sake Bar, is a communal dining experience with sushi classics by Chef Brian Massie. Delano’s Rose Bar is being re‐introduced after a brief cosmetic face‐lift. Delano’s water salon is now the Delano Beach Club, and the new subterranean lounge, aptly named FDR, after the hotel's presidential namesake, is geared to high‐energy nights in South Beach.

BIANCA is open for dinner from 7pm to 11:30pm daily, breakfast from 7am to 11:30am and

lunch from 11:30am to 4pm. Bianca brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

For reservations, call 305.674.5752 or visit www.delano‐hotel.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 00:55
 
J&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort marks Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Florida debut PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:00

 

J&G Grill has opened at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. This is acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten debut restaurant in Florida bringing an exquisite and innovative concept of Asian and French cuisine blends to Miami in a unique atmosphere and a setting above the hotel pool with views of the ocean. There is a bar and lounge with grey oak herringbone floors and wall paneling. The main dining room is a dramatic double height space and flows into the outdoor dining patio amidst a beautifully landscaped backyard.

J&G Grill offers an extensive wine selection offered by sommelier Sebastien Verrier (formerly of Palme d’Or), specialty cocktails and house-made sodas. The GM is Marco Selva who said "We are proud to bring international star Chef Jean-Georges’ inventive cuisine at J&G Grill to The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. It will bring a new benchmark of distinction to Bal Harbour as a world-class dining destination."

J&G Grill, 9703 Collins Ave.,Bal Harbour,  305-993-3333

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 00:54
 
Blue Collar restaurant opens on Biscayne Blvd., Miami Upper East Side PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 17:49

Blue Collar Restaurant, an unpretentious, laid-back indoor/outdoor eatery with 20 inside and 18 outside designed by interior designer Amanda Rice, has opened  on Biscayne in Miami’s Upper East Side.

Chef Daniel Serfer’s contemporary comfort cuisine with upgraded versions of traditional dishes is meant to appeal to both carnivores to vegetarians  at approachable prices. The menu lists  dishes like  Pork and Beans Smokey Bacon, Berkshire Sausage, White Beans, Fried Egg, Toast; Shrimp and Grits Trugole Cheese, Neuske Bacon, New Orleans Style BBQ Sauce; and the Crispy Skin Snapper Rock Shrimp, Vegetable Fried Rice, Red Curry. Blue Collar also offers a daily selection of homemade pastas and a rotation of over 20 vegetables from the ‘VEG Chalkboard.’  An ample selection of moderately priced wines and beers ($3 - $5)  includes wines by the glass from $5-9.

Blue Collar Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday from 11:30am-10:00pm and Friday-Saturday from 11:30am-11:00pm.   6370 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138.   305.756.0366 or visit www.bluecollarmiami.com

 
Frank & Dino’s, a Dennis Max Italian eatery, opens in Deerfield Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 17:15

Frank & Dino’s is the newest Dennis Max and Max Group concept  (the others are Max’s Grille at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park; Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove District) to open in a 4,000 square feet location in Deerfield Beach. The 155 seat restaurant, offers “back to basic” southern Italian cuisine in a Rat Pack era atmosphere, as well as an outdoor patio, a lounge and a 20-seat private dining room  with live music Thursday through Saturday nights.  The Max Group already

Managing partner Carlo Vaccarezza, is a savvy restaurateur with a number of well-known establishments in New York City, including Rusty’s and DaNoi, under his belt,  before relocating to South Florida.  A native of Genoa, Italy, Vaccarezza also owned Campagnola’s, later Cavallino, on Federal Highway in Boca Raton.  The executive chef Tonino Orsino, from Naples, Italy has served as the executive chef at Primavera in New York City,  Campagnola’s and Cavallino in Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale’s Casa D’Angelo and La Veranda.

The menu will include traditional favorites such as Snapper Pescatore, Ravioli Della Nonna, Damiano Meatballs, Rigatoni with Meatballs, Sausages and Braciole,   as well as dozens of other Italian antipastis, salads, entrees and desserts, a good list of Italian wines and a full bar.

Frank & Dino’s  is open daily for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. and Monday-Friday for lunch, starting at 11:30 a.m.  718 S. Deerfield Beach, FL, Phone: 954/427-4909,   www.frankanddinos.com.

 

 
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