Our Favorite Miami Beach Mediterranean Restaurants
Just because traveling abroad this summer is on hold doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip to trendy holiday destinations like France and Italy with our palates. The boot-shaped Mediterranean country and its iconic neighbor
Just because traveling abroad this summer is on hold doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip to trendy holiday destinations like France and Italy with our palates. The boot-shaped Mediterranean country and its iconic neighbor have plenty of beloved and delicious dishes that you can now enjoy locally. We’ve compiled a star-studded list of eateries to satisfy all your Med cravings.
FRESH & HOMEMADE
by Michelle Wallace
Nestled in The Marlin Hotel, you’ll find Osteria del Teatro, a restaurant that’s been serving up fresh pastas, breads and desserts – all homemade daily – for more than 30 years. This Northern Italian restaurant prides itself on using only the finest and freshest ingredients, making it a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Start off with a delicious assortment of bread followed by plates piled high with standout favorites like the fettucine alla carbonara, pappardelle ai granchi, and ravioli de pesce. Round out your meal with a selection from the dessert case including a flourless double chocolate cake or a vanilla bean crème brûlée.
REASON TO CELEBRATE
by Caner Kocamez
Bringing the Amalfi Coast flair to Miami Beach, Amare offers guests southern Italian classics and Mediterranean flavors. For those who want small bites and a cocktail, the restaurant’s happy hour is available and offers plenty of crowd-pleasers. On the weekend, brunch lovers will enjoy Amare’s Sunday brunch. The restaurant’s perfect location in the heart of the South of Fifth neighborhood makes it an ideal destination to relax, unplug and indulge.
A CULINARY JOURNEY
by Caner Kocamez
A beach staple, Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante has been welcoming diners with restaurateur Antonio “Tony” Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu’s vision for years. Although the restaurant is popular for happy hour, the best way to experience what Sardinia has to offer is to enjoy the tasting menu. A multi-course culinary journey, the menu combines dishes like arancini and paella di mare. Every dish is paired with an outstanding glass of Italian wine.
THE FRENCH RIVIERA
by Caner Kocamez
There are not many restaurants that can create a unique atmosphere to completely transport you to another place. Located at the heart of Miami Beach’s chic South of Fifth neighborhood, Call Me Gaby manages to make you feel like you’re vacationing in the French Riviera. The outdoor patio is decorated with striped umbrellas, colorful pillows, light wood furniture, candles and flowers, which capture the true spirit of southern France. Complementing the ambiance, the menu offers appetizers like carpaccio di bresaola and burrata alongside plenty of pasta entrée dishes and homemade gourmet pizzas.
By Sara Liss
Villa Azur, a popular French-Mediterranean spot, is known for its exclusive lively experience featuring avant-garde parties, eclectic entertainment, performers and themed decor. But it is the exquisite cuisine that brings guests back to those plush sofas and gorgeous courtyard. Dishes like ahi tuna in a sweet pepper-almond sauce and ravioles in truffle cream exhibit an elevated approach to French cuisine. It all pairs nicely with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, made with G.H. Mumm Brut, raspberry purée and limoncello.