Lincoln Road casualties: Piola South Beach and The Van Dyke Café close

After 15 years of turning out thin-crusted pizzas with delicious toppings, Piola restaurant, located around the corner from the Regal movie theatre on Lincoln Road has closed.  The rent fee of the new lease was too high, according to  Illiyana Stefanova, Piola’s marketing manager. The Downtown location, 1250 South Miami Ave., remains open as well as three other locations in Broward.  

Another casualty is the historic Van Dyke Café, a historic landmark of the revival of Lincoln Road, renowned for its red awnings and its upstairs Jazz Club.  It will be replaced by Lululemon Athletica, a corporate clothing store. 


Pizza Numero 28 with buffalo mozzarella, speck, truffle cream and mushrooms  (photo: SFG)


A new Italian pizzeria is vying for attention in the colorful and picturesque Española Way. The indoor/outdoor  Numero 28 Pizzeria is the eighth location, the first in Miami, owned and operated by the New York-based  Biamonte Family and locally by owner Gianmarco Di Michele.

An imported wood-burning oven taking center stage in the open kitchen manned by Master Pizzaiolo Maurizio Procopio spews 28 different types of pleasantly charred Neapolitan-style pizzas in three sizes  – from the traditional Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil and the Tartufo with mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle oil  to the Numero 28 with buffalo mozzarella, speck, truffle cream and mushrooms and sweet Nutella Pizza  - and wood-fired pastas     












The menu also offers a selection of Antipasti Salads,  Primi  and Secondi -or hearty entrees, as well as Contorni (sides,) a Mozzarella Bar with prosciutto crudo, soppressata, tomatoes or green peppers and Desserts ($8) such as Torta della Nonna with custard cream and pinoli; chocolaty chocolate cake; Cannolo Siciliano with ricotta or chocolate cream; and Tiramisù.

Numero 28 Miami, 432 Española Way, in the heart of South Beach, and is open seven days a week for Lunch and Dinner from 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.   786.359.4323

Michael SullivanOwner/Operator/ GM Michael Sullivan, formerly of OTC, and Executive Chef Tomas Prado named their new 1,500 square foot, 55-seat, indoor/outdoor farmhouse restaurant  concept  after Florida’s native Golden Fig. “We want to help enrich the food culture in Miami by evoking passion, encouraging integrity and sharing knowledge. We want to help raise industry standards – to make sustainable practices and high-quality dishes more accessible,” said Sullivan of the golden.figcasual, rustic, yet sophisticated décor with wooden tables, white metal chairs, tiled floor,  murals from Cynno of Wynwood and a gorgeous Scott Handler hand-crafted communal table, seating 12.

Executive Chef Tomas Prado brings to the kitchen an impressive resume: he worked at The Bazaar by Jose Andrés,  
 DB Bistro Moderne, Café Boulud, and most recently as part of the corporate team at My Ceviche.   The moderately priced menu  lists hand-crafted snacks such as Kentucky Cox Farms thick chunks of Crispy Pork Belly with tangy housemade IPA Mustard; Oysters; Edwards farm Virginia Ham Croquettes and charcuterie Boards ($3-$8) with well-sourced cheeses; light starters for sharing ($10-$15) i.e. Atlantic Tuna Tartar with preserved lemon and saffron aioli; Hudson Valley Foie Gras Parfait layered with spiced mango compote and served with rustic ZTB toast;  a Homestead Farmers Salad and Maine Mussels, steamed in Florida Cracker Beer.















There’s also local and in-season Market Vegetables ($7-$10) dishes including a hearty Vegetable Stir-Fry – quinoa, zucchini, squash, and bean sprouts, all from Homestead, Florida and Crispy Calabaza Blossoms from Paradise Farms.  For mains ($15-$25); pasture-raised meat s like the juicy Joyce Farms Grass Fed Burger ; the crispy Joyce Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken and pan-seared, pre-sliced Flat-iron steak from Cox Farms, Kentucky, share the board with seafood like Florida Keys Black Grouper Brochette over Saffron couscous with seasonal vegetables and caper chimichurri and Maine Pan Seared Scallops served with chunks of pork belly and a corn succotash with fava beans, tomato, okra and basil.

Desserts ($9) are chef Prado’s take on American classics such as the Sundae – chocolate stout, cinnamon and malted milk ice creams, ginger snaps and salted caramel; Key Lime Jar – graham cracker crumble and meringue; Organic Peach Cobbler – Oat Crumble and cinnamon ice cream and the S ‘mores Jar – Chocolate mousse, torched marshmallow and graham cracker.

Golden Fig, opening Monday, July 27 at 1250 South Miami Avenue in the Brickell neighborhood of downtown Miami, is open for dinner from 6:00pm -10:00pm, Monday-Thursday, and 6:00pm-11:00pm, Friday and Saturday.   305-374-4612.  


Wynwood Diner, a modern take on the classic American diner,anchors the newly developed Wynwood Block with a Wynwood.diner2multifunctional indoor-outdoor venue of three interconnected spaces: diner, cafe and outdoor ​patio.  

The Envision Diner 2.0 diner space features tufted maroon banquettes, industrial lighting fixtures, unfinished concrete walls and an open kitchen tucked behind a wrap-around diner counter, creating a modern sensibility with a nod to the past.  “As a native from Holland, I am happy to be in a space that merges the charming European café culture with a cool, nostalgic vibe of an American diner,” said Jerry Böck, General Manager of Wynwood Diner. Böck brings with him more than eleven years of experience in the Miami food scene, having worked as General Manager at Cecconi’s, Prime Italian, Nikki Beach and Prime 112.

The menu pays tribute to the classic diner,  with all-day-breakfast options, including nutmeg and bourbon French toast, and specialty omelets like the pork belly, feta and baby arugula omelet; chicken and waffle club sandwich, made with fried heirloom tomatoes and chipotle mayo with a side of crispy truffle fries. 

Head chef Michael Castino aka “Commander In Chef,”   trained with chefs Jean George and Kerry Simone, with work experience ranging from Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, to Pride & Joy, and Tavern on the Green in NYC.  He believes in using fresh and natural ingredients, remaining conscious of the sustainability within his food resources. The diner serves premium natural beef, nitrate free pork, and all natural chicken and eggs, along with daily baked bread by Zak the Baker and coffee by Relentless Roasters. 

Wynwood Diner also offers a unique all-day handcrafted cocktail menu created by Vanessa Hulsey formerly of Broken Shaker and 27,  and an impressive craft beer selection. The ​den-like hangout is ​equipped with all things necessary for a proper cocktail, coffee or conversation, with an alfresco cafe extension serving as a prime location for private events, live music, countless happy hours and everything in between.

Wynwood Diner is located at 2601 N.W. Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33127.For more information please visit or call 305.747.7888


cindy hutson


South Florida chef Cindy Hutson of Coral Gables Ortanique on the Mile is bringing her signature “Cuisine of the Sun” flavors to downtown Miami this fall with Zest, her newest fine-dining concept, and Zest MRKT, a “grab and go” concept open for breakfast and lunch.                 

And In anticipation to the opening in Fall of Zest MRKT, Zest Pop Up offers a variety of ethnically diverse breakfast and lunch options including egg dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as desserts supporting our local dessert divas, fruit juices, smoothies, coffee and more.

Zest and Zest MRKT, Lobby of Southeast Financial Center, 200 S Biscayne Boulevard,  is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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