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AngelinaAngelina Bastidas, the girl with the Mona Lisa smile, (25),  has been appointed executive chef at Piripi Restaurant at Merrick Park by owners Gus Abalo and Teo Arranz .  Born in The Bronx, New York, Bastidas moved to Miami as a child. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, she started her culinary career while still in cooking school in the kitchen of Wish (since closed) on Miami Beach. Bastidas honed her skills in a number of Miami’s restaurants including Area 31, Bazaar, Palme D’Or and Taperia Raca and most recently was chef de cuisine at Tongue & Cheek on Miami Beach, where she was selected as one of Zagat Miami’s 30 Under 30 Miami Rock Stars Redefining the Industry.

Chef Angelina will be implementing a number of changes to the restaurant’s authentic Spanish menu, except the restaurant’s paellas, which are the province of imported-from-Spain paella maestro, Chef Ernesto Lorenzo Veloz. 

Piripi is open for lunch, dinner and brunch  as well as a Happy Hour bar : Sunday 11:30AM – 9PM, Monday-Wednesday 11:30AM – 10PM, Thursday 11:30AM to 11:00PMand Friday and Saturday 11:30AM – midnight..  Piripi, the Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables.  305-448-2423 www.piripimiami.com