Moye,  a new regional Italian restaurant brought to Downtown Miami by local restaurateurs Tony Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu – the team behind the renowned Italian eatery Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante in Miami Beach,  opened at 80 SW 8th Street in downtown Brickell.

The fare is regional specialties from Puglia, Italy – the area located in the back tip of the boot is prized for its cuisine as well as great wines, olive oils, and bread.  “We’ve found success in offering locals authentic, rustic Italian dining at Sardinia, which is what motivated us to bring the beloved traditional cuisine of another region in Italy to Miami. With a menu that truly reflects the fresh products and flavors of Puglia, we feel that Moye (which means “this is the time” in the Bari dialect) will transport locals with every dish,” said Gallo and Vardeu,

The seasonal menu of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and Italian imports is overseen by Chef Pietro and a team of chefs from Italy, where Moye currently has locations in Florence and Milan, and complemented with a sizeable selection of moderately-priced wines and beer, with an emphasis on regional Italian favorites.

Guests can graze on sharing plates such as the Polpo – pan seared octopus sautéed with fava beans pureé and cherry tomatoes ($14); and Bruschettone – bruschetta with capocollo, artichokes and mozzarella ($10). Diners can also feast on savory meat and cheese boards including the Tagliare di formaggi – cacioricotta, pecorino, caciocavallo, scamorza, served with spicy homemade jam ($16); and the Tagliere di salumi – prosciutto crudo, salame, capocollo, with bruschetta ($16). While mozzarella lovers can indulge in Burrata Moye, which as the name implies is made in-house and topped with white anchovies and oranges ($14); as well as Apulian Sushi – rolls of mozzarella Moye, shrimp, vegetables, tuna and tomatoes ($16).

Entrées offers a variety of Apulian dishes like the Tartare d’orata – sea bream tartar with carrots and zucchini pinzimonio ($14); Carpaccio di salmone with fennel, orange and radish ($12); and Orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe Apulian style ($14). Also on offer are from the oven entrées including Parmigiana with zucchini, tomato, basil and mozzarella ($16) and Branzino baked with zucchini and potatoes ($26); and traditional meat plates like the Stufato – lamb stew with fava beans ($24) and Bombette – stuffed veal rolls with vegetables and baked potatoes ($24).

Desserts offer specialties like the Spocamuss – a puff pastry with Nutella and custard cream, and Tortino di Cioccolato – chocolate soufflé and Classic Tiramisu, all priced at $8.

The 70-seats indoor/outdoor open kitchen design restaurant has a sleek décor with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wall of Moye’s extensive wine collection as well as products from Puglia  which will be for sale.

Moye is located at 80 SW 8th Street facing First Avenue. Lunch and dinner is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, with both reservations and walk-ins welcome.   (305) 372-5168; www.moyemiami.com.

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