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Consider your search for the perfect Italian restaurant with fully-stocked wine bar finito

Cibo Wine Bar {45 Miracle Mile, Miami; 305.442.4925}

Did we hear you say it’s hard to find an Italian restaurant with a good selection of wine? Your search is over. In the middle of Miracle Mile—the hip main strip in Coral Gables—Cibo Wine Bar is just the Italian you want, need, and deserve. With its large dining room, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, and fresh and tasty Italian dishes, Cibo never disappoints.

Italian chef Massimo Giannattasio’s carefully curated menu boasts classic starters such as Burrata, House Made Focaccia, and Prosciutto & Formaggio every diner is looking for in an Italian restaurant. The fresh, housemade pasta selection is rich with every type of Italian excellence your heart desires, like the Cannelloni with spinach, aged ricotta, and rosé sauce. Among the mains, dishes like the Trota Alla Griglia with lemon caper sauce, baby squash, and fava bean ragu or Pesce del Giorno (oven-baked Mediterranean branzino) are must-haves for fans of fresh fish. And for those who are in need of a break from American pizza, there are a plethora of Italian pizzas to choose from.

Extensive Wine List

Bringing together a wide variety from Italy, France, and domestic labels, the extensive wine list has a bottle or glass to pair with every dish on the menu. The eye-catching wine cellar sits out in the open of the restaurant, adding one more layer to the inviting decor.

Cibo Wine Bar, Coral Gables

If this is not an established fact, we’d like to make it one: you cannot leave an Italian restaurant without tasting the dessert. Period. Cibo is no exception. Make sure you order their Tiramisu or Panna Cotta before you ask for the check.

Perfect for celebration

Cibo Wine Bar’s large main dining area is filled with long tables and booths surrounded by good lighting and tasteful decor, making the restaurant perfect for celebrating with friends and family. Reserve a spot for your next birthday bash or family gathering. Private dining rooms are also available for those interested.

If you’re not in the mood for a sit-down dinner, the bar in the middle of the restaurant is the perfect spot to have a taste of Cibo and try their signature cocktails. The full bar is stocked with premium liquor and the skilled bartenders are at your service.

Overall, the Coral Gables restaurant is a prime destination for Italian food lovers. With Lobster Tuesdays, happy hour with live DJs on Thursdays, and Sunday brunch with Italian bubbles, there’s always a reason to visit Cibo.

By Caner Kocamaz | Staff Writer

Visit these posh Miami restaurants if you regularly crave exquisite Italian food and jaw-dropping elegance

Authentic Italian at Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar in Coral Gables has no problem consistently pleasing the crowds. Be it the rustic exposed brick ambience, the large wine menu boasting both Italian regions and global varieties, lobster specials on Tuesdays, or brunches full of Italian bubbles on Sunday, Cibo has something for everyone, and it’s always authentically Italian. Take their Neapolitan-style pizzas: cooked to perfection in a wood-burning oven and complete with over a dozen varieties, including a whole wheat dough option. We like to order the simple but always perfect Mozzarella di Bufala, with buffalo cheese, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil. Another great is the Funghi, with wild mushrooms, fontini cream, and white truffle oil, because…well, truffle. Or you can kick things up with toppings like prosciutto, spicy soppressatta, Italian sausage, or even a variety of seafood in the Frutte di Mare. Now that’s authentic.

A Tasty Slice of Italy at Amare Ristorante

If you’re craving a trip to the iconic Italian coast, Amare Ristorante has you covered. Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, Amare is ready to transport you to the beautiful Amalfi Coast by way of elevated Italian cuisine and equally romantic furnishings. A concept by Gino Iovino in collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef Cosimo Cassano, the expert team here prepares classic dishes made in-house with seasonal ingredients flown directly from Italy. Indulge in award-winning favorites such as the Risotto Tartufato, Costata Di Manzo, Tartare Tasting Trio, or the Spaghetti Vesuvio (Spaghetti al Nero di Sepia). Whether sitting indoors or on the outdoor terrace, the combination of the classic Italian cuisine along with the imported décor that includes hand-painted ceramic tiles, pottery, and sculptures, you’ll feel as though you’re on a luxurious Italian vacation. Benvenuto!

Dreamy Cocktail Infusions at Scarpetta

Sure, house-infused spirits, bespoke cold-brew cocktails, and tantalizing Italian dishes by none other than celebrity chef Scott Conant are reasons aplenty to stop in for a meal at Scarpetta (or at its cocktail lab and infusion bar, Sorso). But this summer, there’s one item on the menu we can’t stop thinking about. It’s called the True Bleau, and it’s a heavenly blend of Barr Hill gin and grapefruit soda served with a pea flower-infused ice cube. True to its name, this jewel-toned indigo stunner is just as Instagrammable as it is utterly delicious.

By DiningOut Staff

Sangria at Bulla Gastrobar

Here is this week’s Miami food news:

South Pointe Tavern Opens in South of Fifth
Now open in the luxurious South of Fifth neighborhood, South Pointe Tavern is a casual and intimate tavern, fit for locals and tourists alike. It has the largest menu of whiskeys and tequilas in Miami Beach, a custom cocktail program created by Robert Ferrara of Distilled Hospitality, and serves artisanal food like ceviches, crudos, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie plates, paninis, and more. Look around the restaurant and you’ll see artwork hanging on the walls that’s as inventive and creative as the place itself; like Picasso, the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Jack Kerouac, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Bob Dylan, and Catherine Deneuve, to name a few.
ORA Opens on South Beach with Hot New Cocktail Program
Opening on Collins Avenue, the haute new nightlife spot, ORA, is the first nightclub-meets-cocktail-bar hybrid to offer white glove mixology as part of its table and bar service. Helmed by veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie, this spot replaces traditional “bottle service” and mixers with table-side assigned mixologists that will work with guests to create specialty cocktails with locally-sourced ingredients right in front of their very eyes. Adding to its allure, Gillespie was the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Don Julio Competition winner, the 2013 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Award winner, and past winner of the Bombay Sapphire People’s Choice Award. That said, you know it’s going to be good.
The Setai Presents: The Ocean Grill
Led by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, winner of Food Network’s Chopped, and Premier Sous Chef Alberic Millory, Miami Beach’s most enchanting Asian-inspired hotel, The Setai, Miami Beach {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 855.923.7899} now has a new outdoor dining option: The Ocean Grill. Replacing The Pool and Beach Bar, this new open-to-the-public spot debuted during Art Basel, offering diners an expanded dining deck, extra beachfront seating, longer hours, breathtaking views, and of course, delicious food. Go there for a Mediterranean-inspired menu with standout dishes like Whole Fish, Hangar Steak, Spanish Octopus, and a crowd favorite, White Truffle Pizza.
Tuesday is National Sangria Day!
Tuesday, December 20, is National Sangria Day, and it calls for celebrating at some of Miami’s top restaurants and bars. On our list? Cibo Wine Bar, Bulla Gastrobar, Brasserie Azur, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, and Kendall’s newest farm-to-table hotspot, The Brick. They all have sip-worthy sangria you’ll want to keep drinking over and over again.
Happy dining!
By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

Here are restaurants opening during Winter 2015/2016 in Miami to add to your list.

Thali Platter jaya at setai

The Thali Platter at Jaya at The Setai

Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.520.6400}
The award-winning Setai, known for its warm hospitality and landmark historical hotel setting, revealed a new restaurant concept in the fall of 2015: Jaya, a modern Asian-inspired restaurant. Chef Mathias Gervais announced the new concept shortly after winning Food Network’s hit cooking show “Chopped” on the episode entitled, “Viewer’s Choice Baskets.” Jaya is a sure win, too, thanks to its vibrant and exciting flavors centered around Asian spices and regional influences from Japan, China, India, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand. The menu reintroduces favorites from The Setai (Dumplings, Naan, and Peking Duck, to name a few) in artfully plated dishes designed for sharing.

Pléthore & Balthazar {101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.672.6624}
Located on the first floor of the exclusive Hilton Bentley hotel, Pléthore & Balthazar (P&B) has quickly become one of Miami Beach’s most talked- about new restaurants. The concept is the brainchild of Fabien Chalard, an acclaimed French restaurateur who has successfully opened several restaurants throughout France (including the original P&B in Lyon). For the Miami location, Chalard partnered with Executive Chef Diego Amat Lopez to serve authentic French cuisine with a Spanish touch accompanied by exceptional customer service. Whether visiting for an after-work cocktail, a business power lunch, or a romantic dinner for two, diners can expect a welcoming atmosphere where they feel right at home. Given the hotel’s location on the southernmost tip of South Beach, P&B offers a specialized beach menu to complement the exclusive beach club, which includes cabanas, beach butlers, VIP services, and more.

Elia Gourmet {900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 786.558.3542}
The coming months will be an exciting time for Elia Gourmet, which has been a neighborhood favorite in Downtown Miami for the last three years, serving up excellent Greek food in a casual environment. Drawing on its success, the restaurant has decided to move from its location at 888 Biscayne Boulevard to a larger space in the building just next door. The new location will be just steps from the future Miami Worldcenter and Museum of Science. In addition, Elia Gourmet is in the process of opening a new location in the heart of Key Biscayne, just around the corner from The Ritz-Carlton. The restaurant also expects to open its Coconut Grove location, which has been delayed due to construction, and is in the process of finishing its build-out for a commercial kitchen in the Wynwood, where it will be producing its own line of Mediterranean products.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Cibo Wine Bar {4100 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 754.900.2426}
With highly successful locations in Coral Gables and South Beach, it’s only natural that Cibo Wine Bar, created by Toronto-based Liberty Entertainment Group, opens its third South Florida location in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. All Cibo locations have been certified with the “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana,” which is awarded by the Italian government to restaurants outside of Italy that meet the highest standards of Italian authenticity across a number of categories, such as menu options, food quality, and restaurant design. The Fort Lauderdale location will be no exception. The menu emphasizes a traditional homemade approach to Italian cuisine and has been praised for its fresh, made-in-house pastas and signature pizzas, not to mention its extensive award-winning wine selection. Like the dishes themselves, the restaurant has been designed to evoke a sense of unpretentious sophistication and elegant rusticity. The new space will incorporate the design elements that distinguish the Cibo brand, including an open-concept kitchen, a glass-enclosed wine room, and original artwork throughout.

Komodo {801 Brickell Avenue, Miami; 305.534.2211}
In late 2015, Komodo will open its doors in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. The brainchild of David Grutman—the powerhouse owner behind Miami Beach’s LIV and Story nightclubs—Komodo is a three-story, 17,000-square- foot indoor/outdoor eatery and lounge designed with Grutman’s trademark style and energy. Inspired by the Komodo dragon and its namesake islands, the cuisine features Southeast Asian flavors with a South Florida vibe. Working with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow (of China Grill fame), Grutman’s goal for Komodo is to re-energize the Miami dining scene. “I’ve spent the last several years looking for the perfect location to create a restaurant in Miami that combines quality dining and a great entertainment experience,” Grutman says. Komodo’s design will highlight five exterior floating bird nests designed by internationally renowned design firm, Dedon, with teak, stone, and bamboo elements for a playful treehouse feel. Whether guests are seated inside or out, Komodo’s warm and welcoming design is meant to stimulate the senses. Komodo will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, with happy hour starting at 4pm.



Bazi {1200 Collins Avenue, Miami; 305.695.0101}
It’s a beautiful thing when ingredients come together to create the perfect dish. This is the case with Bazi, where culinary superstars Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky set up shop in the newly revamped Marlin Hotel to create a Far East dining experience like no other. The setting is Asian-themed and cozy, with a bar area at the entrance, romantic fine dining one level down, and a secluded private dining nook on the upper level. The menu spans much of Asia, snatching up the best goodies from every corner. Edamame Dumplings—a good way to start—are sweet and savory with shallots, mushrooms, and pea greens; and Cantonese-style Florida Shrimp bathe in ginger, chives, and Shaoxing wine. Main courses include a Whole Fried Local Snapper, Peking Duck for two, a grass-fed Rib-Eye, and Short Rib Chow Fun with snow peas, red peppers, and pea tendrils. This hotel restaurant is likely to serve equal parts locals and tourists.

GK Bistronomie {218 Northwest 25th Street, Miami; 786.477.5151}
Wynwood’s dining scene is hotter than ever, and it’s no coincidence that the acclaimed Chef Rafael Perez has chosen this neighborhood to showcase his talent. The venue is spacious and lofty with high ceilings, an open kitchen, and walls adorned with art. The menu is Peruvian with global influences and an abundance of fresh seafood dishes. Presented with a whimsical artistic style, tiraditos and ceviches burst with color, flavor, and texture. A bright dish of Cherrywood-Smoked Shrimp is served with heirloom tomatoes, cilantro, and citrus, while Foie Gras is paired with pineapple and scallions. There are many not-to-miss dishes here, including the Pan-Seared Black Grouper with shrimp, octopus, clams, an organic free-range egg, and quinoa in a seafood broth. Supremely elevated world-class cuisine with a casual setting in Miami’s hippest neighborhood? Yes, please.

Ni.Do Caffe & Mozzarella Bar {11052 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores; 786.953.5120}
Imagine you’re at a friend’s home for dinner. Now imagine that home just happens to be somewhere in Italy—Venice perhaps. This is exactly what it’s like to dine at Ni.Do. Caffe in Miami Shores, the second outpost of the acclaimed Italian eatery that has graced Miami’s MiMo district for the past five years. The unassuming new location on the corner of 110th Street and Biscayne Boulevard may seem arbitrary (don’t expect much else within walking distance), but that’s precisely its charm. This cozy restaurant, where flowers adorn the wooden tables and framed photographs of Italy hang on the walls, invites you in to dine as if you were family. Helming the kitchen is the humble Chef Claudio Sandri, who has been recognized by the Italian Culinary Federation as a “Master Chef,” and appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Using only the freshest ingredients available, his menu features Italian staples such as pizza and pasta along with hard-to-pass-up offerings from the Mozzarella Bar. Tuesdays are seafood days, when various fish are air-shipped directly from the Mediterranean; your selection will be prepared in the kitchen, then filleted and plated at your table, head intact— just as Nonna might have done.

N BY NAOE {661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305.947.6263}
Acclaimed Chef Kevin Cory has opened the doors to N by NAOE in an intimate space just next door to NAOE. This new reservation-only concept serves lunch and dinner, accommodating two to 16 guests gathered around a community table. The simple, savory cuisine consists of lightly cooked vegetables and thin slices of Japanese beef quickly swished in a hot kelp stock—a practice called “shabu-shabu.” Once again, Chef Cory brings a new dimension to dining in Miami.

Not to Miss


Scenes from the 2015 SOBEFEST

South Beach Wine & Food Festival – February 24-28
For five days only, the culinary world’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, food critics, and TV personalities will descend upon Miami for the 15th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. Recently named the No. 1 food and restaurant industry event in the U.S. by BizBash for the third year in a row, this culinary extravaganza remains one of the city’s most beloved events of the year.

From February 24-28, the SOBEFEST tents will return to the sands of South Beach, welcoming back favorite foodie events such as the Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach tasting hosted by Giada De Laurentiis and the mega-popular Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray. Other festival staples, including Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best event at the Fontainebleau hotel, will also be taking place throughout the city.

In addition to the classics, this year’s SOBEFEST will introduce a number of brand-new events, including the Taste Fort Lauderdale series, which marks the first time that the festival has expanded into Broward County. Kicking off the series is Seaside Eats, hosted by the star of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” and “Chopped: Impossible,” Robert Irvine. The event will feature 15 of South Florida’s best chefs at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for a walk-around tasting accompanied by pours from Château d’Esclans and Marqués de Riscal.

Other new festival events include the Exploring Israel Dinner hosted by chefs Ashley Christensen, Alon Shaya, Michael Solomonov, and Zak “The Baker” Stern at the Rok Family Shul Chabad Downtown Jewish Center; Fireman Derek’s Midnight Breakfast hosted by Sports Illustrated cover model and soon-to-be cookbook author, Chrissy Teigen; CroquetaMania hosted by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; and Sweet 15: A Dessert Party hosted by Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman at the iconic Versace Mansion.

With so much happening, it’s best to visit the festival’s website where you can search for your favorite restaurant or culinary personality and see the events in which they’ll be participating. Or, you can search for events based on your preference. Do you enjoy grand tasting affairs in the tents on the sand? Do you prefer intimate chef dinners? Maybe you’re looking for some late-night parties—or ones that are kid-friendly? All this and more is right at your fingertips. Tickets are on sale now.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

The much-anticipated Cibo Fort Lauderdale {4100 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 786.900.2426} has finally opened its doors! The Italian restaurant and wine bar, which already has successful locations in Coral Gables and the South of Fifth neighborhood of South Beach, is a welcomed addition to the Fort Lauderdale dining scene, offering classic Italian cuisine in a relaxed and casual atmosphere at affordable prices.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

The menu, which takes a cue from Cibo’s other South Florida locations, is what you’d expect from a traditional Italian eatery—only better. Selections include housemade pasta and signature pizzas, not to mention an extensive award-winning wine list. Upon arrival, diners are treated to a divine plate of fresh-from-the-oven bread, which set the tone for the meal to come.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Like the dishes themselves, the restaurant has been designed to evoke a sense of unpretentious sophistication and elegant rusticity. The new space incorporates the same unique design elements that are found throughout all Cibo locations, including its open kitchen, spacious bar area, industrial feel, and the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and exposed brick, along with, of course, hundreds of wine bottles on display.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

The restaurant will also be offering Cibo’s signature weekly specials, including Lobster Tuesdays, Cibo Sociale Thursdays, and Italian Bubbles + Brunch on Sundays.

So, to all our readers who live or work in Broward County; we say, “Buon Appetito!”

—Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

Cibo South Beach

By Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

This was the theme of our evening at Cibo Wine Bar South Beach {200 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach; 305.987.6060}, the newest addition to the South of Fifth dining scene, which made its official debut in December last year. It was only a matter of time before the Cibo concept, which was an instant success in Coral Gables when it debuted just over three years ago, made its way to the beach—quite literally, as its location on South Pointe Drive means it’s mere steps from the sand.

Bad decisions aren’t possible here; that wasn’t the problem. But selecting from the sheer volume of great choices proved to be much harder than you’d think!

Cibo Miami Beach

Decision No. 1: Upon arrival, we were greeted by a hostess who asked where we’d like to be seated. Inside the aroma-filled dining room facing the expansive wine cellar and open kitchen? Within the first-floor lounge area, which features an industrial-chic wraparound bar and the whimsical designs of pop artist Mr. Brainwash, whose signature slogan, “Life is Beautiful,” adorns the wall in bold letters? Or, did we want to dine on the sizable rooftop patio (one of the largest in South Beach), a quieter oasis romantically lit by flaming heat lamps and table lanterns?

Cibo Miami Beach

We opted for the rooftop, to which we were instructed to take the elevator up to the third floor where another hostess greeted us, escorting us to a cozy wooden table with plush white couches.

Cibo Miami Beach patio

Decision No. 2: We were quickly greeted by our server, who prompted our next big decision: wine. There is a tempting cocktail menu and plenty of fine beers on offer, but it’s called Cibo Wine Bar for a reason. The restaurant is engulfed by wine bottles, the focal point of which is the two-story cellar at the center of the first floor. If your desired bottle is up top, a harnessed “wine angel” ascends to retrieve it. We learned that the restaurant in total has some 2,500 bottles on offer.

Cibo Miami Beach wine

After settling on a bottle of Italian white, it was time to for the next—and perhaps the most monumental—decision of the evening: what to order.

Decision No. 3: This expansive menu is Italian cuisine at its finest, featuring fresh ingredients that have either been flown in from Italy or are made in-house. Hats off to Chef Massimo Giannattasio, who has created a menu of mouthwatering pizzas, pastas, and main courses. Again, there were no bad decisions here. Our words of advice: be sure you come hungry!

You’ll be tempted to fill up on the freshly baked loaf of rosemary-sprinkled bread that’s presented to the table with a side of the restaurant’s signature special chili-pepper olive oil blend (warning: spicy!), leaving us with the difficult Decision No. 4: “More bread for the table?”

Decision No. 5: For appetizers, we settled on the Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato and the Black Tiger Shrimp served with a spicy wine-garlic tomato sauce. Both looked so incredible, we had nearly devoured them by the time we realized we’d forgotten to take our obligatory hashtagged photos of the dishes.

Cibo Fusilli

Decision No. 6: For entrées, we selected the Chicken Parmesan and the Fusilli with chicken and mushrooms in a light cream sauce. Both were served in beautiful heaping portions that made our eyes wide with awe and amazement. A happy food coma soon followed—that magical moment just past the point when your stomach tells you it’s full and your brain allows you to take that one last bite.


Then, the final debacle: Decision No. 7–dessert. How could we resist? We opted for the Cannoli, which seemed like an appropriate Italian choice. Fair warning: the plate comes with four! We again dug in immediately before realizing that a proper photo had yet to be taken. Before we left, we surveyed the bustling bar area, which was significantly more crowded than before. It was a Thursday, which meant that it was Ten After Ten Thursdays: two drinks for just $10 after 10pm.

As we made our way out in a lethargic, sleepy daze—an astoundingly blissful experience that one could only hope to have after relishing in a large meal and finishing off a bottle of wine—it occurred to us that life, at least at that very moment, certainly was beautiful.


A Prosciutto-Pear Pie at Siena Tavern

By Condoideas Realty Group

Miami is swamped with refined restaurants and top-notch addresses, but there are some less talked-about places that provide even more sophistication for your plate. Let us tell you about the ultimate culinary condo experience!

It’s all about proximity–a luxurious sense of service and intimacy for those who prefer a more private experience.

Indeed, as you’re enjoying your condo lifestyle in South Beach, you are just a few steps away from the best dining experiences in the city. Whether it is at Porfirio’s Restaurant, Cibo Wine Bar, or Siena Tavern, some of the finest new restaurants of the area are right at your fingertips.

Porfirio’s gorgeous outdoor terrace is what caught our attention the most. Start by sipping a mezcal cocktail–they have around 100 different labels–before tasting the most tender octopus ever.

The gorgeous terrace at Porfirio's

The gorgeous terrace at Porfirio’s

If you would rather have wine, go to Cibo. Waitresses equipped with harnesses fly up to the wine tower storage, to bring your selected bottle down!

Nearby, you should try the ceviche-esque Hamachi Crudo at Siena Tavern and carry on with the Prosciutto Sausage Orecchiette. For dessert lovers, we recommend the Bombolini–gourmets doughnuts that you literally stab with the whisky caramel or raspberry chianti sauce!

Feeling like staying and cozying up at your condo, the Continuum has an amazing restaurant. Located between the curvy sun-deck pool and the cabanas, and right next to the Ocean, The Patio is the definition of privacy–only accessible to residents, it is set up on a nice terrace underneath the palm trees. Its menu is tailor-made to appeal to the healthy-wealthy of Miami with natural and organic ingredients. Indeed, everything on your plate is locally sourced and the juices are fresh and cold-pressed. Don’t miss the Detox Verde juice to go along with your Rainbow Quinoa Salad. The least one can say is that The Patio truly epitomizes luxury and sense of service.

La Piaggia also provides the most delicate dishes right down your tower if you live at the Murano at Portofino! Residents can come relax at the pool and be regaled while savoring a classical French Salad Niçoise with Boston lettuce, tuna, potato, egg, olive, cucumber, green pepper, and green beans with fresh tuna steak. You can indulge under the palm trees, enjoying Asparagus or Petoncles Risotto with your feet in the sand! An orange and white haven at 1000 South Pointe Drive transformed into a world-famous beach club!

Last but not least, the Icon South Beach also benefits from the services of the Crea Café, the very private café of the Icon South Beach. Some say “where you live is who you are”: in that case, proud owners of the impeccably Starck-designed properties enjoy extreme luxury, up to the point of having their own private restaurant.

Photo Credit: Satya Murthy

Photo Credit: Satya Murthy

Focus on family, friends, and fun this year–instead of stressful cooking and dishes–by heading out for the big meal. We’ve rounded up restaurants that will welcome Thanksgiving diners, as well as spots hosting spectacular holiday events.

Seasalt and Pepper {422 Northwest North River Drive, Miami; 305.440.4200}

Enrich your Thanksgiving with incredible seafood and gorgeous waterfront dining this year. They’ll be open for the holiday. Contact the restaurant for details.

Fontainebleau {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.538.2000}

On Thanksgiving, Michael Mina 74 will offer a prix-fixe menu at $75 per person from 6pm to 1am, Scarpetta will offer a prix-fixe menu at $75 per person from 6pm to 11pm, and the new STRIPSTEAK will offer a Thanksgiving feast from noon to 4pm to 10pm.

Edge Steak and Bar {Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickelle Avenue, Miami; 305.381.3190)

For $59 per person, Edge is serving a special three-course dinner, featuring classic seasonal flavors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an intimate Thanksgiving in Miami. Á la carte menu options will also be available.

BLT Steak {The Betsy, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.673.0044}

Chef Danny’s Thanksgiving blackboard menu of three courses will be available from 4 to 9pm for $80 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Cibo Wine Bar {45 Miracle Mile, Miami; 305.442.4925}

For $40 per person, guests can enjoy Cibo’s three-course Italian Thanksgiving Feast! Choose from a primi–like the Spinach Salad or the Beef Carpaccio with fontina and black truffle fondue. Then pick a secondi–think a Risotto or a Roasted Turkey Breast with bacon and rosemary. Then ditch the pumpkin pie for a Cannoli filled with pumpkin and ricotta.

Pubbelly {1418 20th Street, Miami Beach; 305.532.7555}

While Pubbelly isn’t hosing a Thanksgiving dinner, they are hosting a brunch the following Sunday in honor of their 4th anniversary! On Sunday, November 23rd from Noon-2pm or from 2-4pm (you pick your time slot), you can enjoy a $50 prix-fixe menu (plus tax and gratuity) from the Pubbelly boys with Guest Chef Brad Kilgore of the forthcoming Alter Restaurant at Wynwood. Another $25 will get you bottomless cocktails to kick the fun up a notch.



Summer cocktails at Lido Grill

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3: Indulge Your Indecision Sardinia
You want the economy and fuller experience of a bottle of wine, but you’re wary of committing to a single varietal. There are so many wines to choose from, so many flavors to experience! Enter the quartino. Constituting a third of a bottle and taking the shape of a curvaceous carafe, the quartino is the ultimate solution for those who waffle over wines. Of course, Sardinia Enoteca offers their bianchi and rossi by the glass and bottle, too. To sweeten the deal, Sardinia is offering 40-percent off a selected wine every Tuesday. With other deals on the docket—like weekday happy hour from 5-7pm and bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm—there’s no excuse not to indulge. {sardinia-ristorante.com; 305.531.2228}

4: The Personality of R House: Rocco Carulli
Rocco Carulli has quickly become one of our favorite things on the food scene in Miami. With his warm, infectious smile, and steadfast approach to his beloved R House, Rocco is there every night to meet and mingle with guests and oversee his staff. Rocco grew up in an Italian family, surrounded by a love of food. He studied at The Culinary School of America, and before he knew it, he owned his first restaurant in Provincetown before bringing his magic to Miami. Rocco had been working for the Goldmans, prominent real-estate and restaurant tycoons, during his winters off from P-Town when he was introduced to Wynwood, where he made R House a home. Rocco is a star personality and a star chef, and has made it his mission to guarantee that everything coming out of his kitchen puts a smile on your face—including the chef himself. {rhousewynwood.com; 305.576.0201}

5: A Trip to Italy via Graspa Group
If you’ve been to Italy, no doubt you bemoan the fact that you can’t find panini or tiramisù half as good in the States, while those who’ve yet to go yearn to experience the Mecca of good food and wine firsthand. Thanks to the Graspa Group, you can voyage to Italy and back for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have a soft spot for the original Graspa concept: TiramesU, opened in 1988. This year, it’s relocating from Lincoln Road to its original post on South Fifth, slated to reopen in the fall. We can’t wait to behold the new space and dig our spoons into a serving of the dreamy namesake for the restaurant. In the meantime, luxuriate in …

  • A cup of Italian roast—Segafredo Zanetti, the leading brand in Italy—and a pastry, or a truly authentic Italian aperitivo with captivating cocktails everyday from 5-7pm at Segafredo l’originale
  • A casual revelry in thin crust pizza at Spris
  • An intimate spot where you can also procure specialty meats and Italian products at Salumeria 104
  • A taste of Italy at your next event via Spuntino Catering

6: Ropa Vieja Empanadas at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
Wynwood Kitchen and Bar is all about small snacks you pop in your mouth while socializing, but if you start with the Ropa Vieja Empanadas, you may just put the menu down.  Crisped up perfectly, and stuffed with marinated ropa vieja and cilantro crema, these classic Latin treats are near perfection. wynwoodkitchenandbar.com

7: Tony Chan’s Overflowing Dim Sum
Translating to “heart’s delight” in Cantonese, dim sum entails a mélange of

Dim sum at Tony Chan's

Dim sum at Tony Chan’s

small dishes—sort of like the Chinese version of tapas. You’ll have to become a regular at Tony Chan’s Water Club to say you’ve fully exhausted all of the dim sum possibilities on their menu. A staggering 53 possibilities await—all served daily and cooked fresh to order—from Jade Duck Dumplings and Pork Buns, to Rice Congee with fish, to Black Pepper Short Rib. You can partake in all this deliciousness in a more modern and elegant atmosphere than ever before thanks to a recent remodel. Think tile floors, a new bar, and breathtaking wall coverings. {tonychansmiami.com; 305.374.8888}

8: Cooking with Cindy
If you can’t get enough of Miami’s delectable Ortanique, then spend some time with celeb Chef Cindy Hutson on Saturdays once a month and learn all about the “Cuisine of the Sun.” Get your hands dirty with meal preparation

Chef Cindy Hutson

Chef Cindy Hutson

and watch as your masterpieces are cooked and plated in front of you. What’s on the menu? Here’s a taste: Grilled Vanilla Bean Gelato, Balsamic-Marinated Cab Skirt Steak, and Captain Crunch Bread Pudding. Classes are limited to 24 people, so call the restaurant to reserve a spot. {cindyhutsoncuisine.com}

9: Events We Love: Miami Spice, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, and the South Beach Wine Festival 

10: Women in Charge: Liza Meli, Barmeli
The restaurant business is far from easy for anyone, so it is particularly impressive when women oversee everything from the books to the cooks. Liza Meli opened her very first café in Mallorca, Spain in 1993 before moving to LizaBarmeliMiami and opening the first-ever Ouzo’s Greek in 2002. Since then, Meli has single-handedly opened three other successful restaurants, all with her signature fresh Mediterranean fare, and all with an inviting, timeless neighborhood appeal. Now you can catch Liza any night of the week running the show at her Upper Eastside Barmeli Tapas and Wine Bar. {barmeli.com; 305.754.5558}

11: Larios Turns the Beat Around with New Renovations and Menu
Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s internationally acclaimed restaurant, Larios on the Beach, reopened with a newly designed interior and menu. The ambience aims to create the sensation of Miami Beach indoors with seashells adorning the walls and floors. Guests will be delighted to find signature favorites like the award-winning Léchon (roasted pork), Vaca Frita, and world-famous Mojitos on the menu. A new feature is the Triple C, or “Calorie Conscious Cuban,” a selection of delicious, guilt-free Cuban staples created by Gloria herself. Items include grilled grouper, vegetarian black beans, baked plantain chips, and whole grain, gluten-free brown rice. “Taste our tried-and-true Cuban cuisine, right out of Abuelita’s kitchen, and indulge your taste buds with our surprising new culinary sensations,” says Gloria Estefan. Come and soak up the Cuban culinary magic at the new Larios on the Beach. {lariosonthebeach.com; 305.532.9577}

12: Family-Owned Businesses Making History
Garcia’s on the River really began in 1966 as a fish market before it evolved into the restaurant it is today. Mr. Garcia started his wholesale business by buying a vacant lot that had gas pumps for boating. The property operated as a gas station, but Garcia used it as storage for the wholesale market. In the ’70s it became a restaurant, and so it has been here over 49 years—the pioneer of the Miami River, now a trendy dining destination. Luis Garcia, his brother, and mother have been running one of Miami’s favorite spots for fresh seafood on the water for over 20 years, making it one of the best catches on the coast. {garciasmiami.com; 305.448.2400}

13: Heath Porter, Head Wine-O at Uvaggio
Nicknamed “Rebel Sommelier,” Heath Porter takes the snob appeal out of vinology and puts his own whimsical and knowledgeable spin on what is a true passion for wine. With a self-deprecating sense of humor, Porter points out that he grew up in a teetotaling Southern Baptist family in Cullman, Alabama, deep in the heart of Dixie. “Rednecks don’t usually grow up to become sommeliers,” he says, “especially ones from dry countries.” That said, he has garnered several awards, medals, and pins throughout his career, and has now brought his expertise to Uvaggio Wine Bar in Coral Gables. His worldly wine list is not only impressive, but in-line with Heath’s no-nonsense personality. Would you like something sleek and firm, or plus-sized and full-bodied? {uvaggiowine.com; 305.448.2400}

14: Cibo Wine Bar
Which celebrity have you enjoyed cooking for the most?
Executive Chef Massimo Giannattasio: Having cooked for a number of high-profile clients over the course of my career, I would have to say that the most memorable experiences came from working closely with Robert Di Niro. As the executive chef of his restaurant (Ago), I had the opportunity to work with him to create a menu to suit his tastes. {cibowinebar.com; 305.442.4925}

15: Whole Grilled Hogfish at Fish Fish
Good things don’t always come easy, which is why the rich, flaky flesh of a crispy whole hogfish might be one of our favorite things on the menu right now. Hogfish is rarer on Miami menus than other subtropical fish. One reason: It is mainly caught with a spear, which is sporty to some, a little labor-intensive to others. On clear days, divers spear Lachnolaimus maximus off the coral reefs. But when the winds pick up, spearing becomes impossible, making these tasty little creatures attractively hard-to-get. When available, try this delicacy at Fish Fish, where it’s perfectly scored and seasoned, fried to a delicate crisp, and served like it’s still swimming. {fishfishmiami.com; 786.732.3124}

16: Celebrate the Good Life, Cipriani-Style
Miami’s newest event venue, The Cipriani Bar, is a premier private dining space offering unbeatable views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. Its floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around doors open onto a Grand Terrace, which boasts spectacular waterfront views. The expansive interior space features a crisp, nautical aesthetic accommodating up to 200 guests. The Cipriani Bar is an ideal choice for any special occasion. Whether planning a corporate event, social or nonprofit reception, a sit-down dinner, or an intimate art exhibit, guests will delight in the relaxing atmosphere, impeccable service, and world-renowned Cipriani cuisine. {cipriani.com; 786.329.4090}

17: Lamb Belly at Fez
Fez is located on historic Española Way and is the perfect escape for an exotic dining experience. All of the dishes here reflect the cuisine of Casablanca, Morocco where Executive Chef Faycal Bettioui is from. Yet one dish has become a local favorite and definitely one not to miss: the luscious Lamb Belly with celery root purée, onion jam, and pomegranate glaze. {fezmiami.com; 305.672.4469}

18: Andrea Chiriatti of Big Fish
Born in Ortanto (Lecce, Italy), Chiriatti brings an authentic Italian appeal to Big Fish - andrea-chiriattiBig Fish on the River in Miami. With traditional Italian training in Florence and Milan, loads of experience, and a focus on raw and vegetarian food, Andrea is a master of Mediterranean cuisine. He honed his innovative techniques while working at Milan’s Armani Restaurant, Teatro 7, before bringing his European grace and professionalism to the kitchen at Big Fish. What a catch! {thebigfishrestaurant.com}

19: Hotel Dining Destinations

20: Ordering from the Yacht at Seasalt and Pepper
With 250 feet of dock space, Seasalt and Pepper brings a new meaning to waterfront dining. Just pull up alongside the restaurant in your home at sea, and for a small fee ($1 per foot per hour), you can order your lobster thermidor in the comfort of your own yacht. An all-day party on weekends, this is a boater’s paradise, with endless bottles of rosé flowing, and world-class cuisine marching out of the kitchen, bringing a whole new sense of swagger to the Miami River. {seasaltandpepper.com; 305.440.4200}

21: Stunning Downtown Views at Tuyo
There aren’t too many rooftop restaurants in Miami, making Tuyo a real jewel in downtown dining. From the moment you enter the dining room, which floats atop the Culinary Institute, you are swept away by breathtaking views of sparkling buildings and bridges, and, of course, glistening Miami waterways. {tuyomiami.com}

22: The Wine Shop in the Bistro at WD555
WD555 stands on its own as a lovely Mediterranean restaurant, housed in a fresh warehouse space with a lovely outdoor garden. Throw in a wine boutique wd555with 300-plus labels from all over the world and a mere $7.50 to crack one open (or $15 for the vintage room), and you have something very special. WD555 is the largest retailer in South Beach and the prices are just as desirable as the modest corkage fees. Highlights include coveted bottles of rosé, Champagne, and Grand Cru, so grab a bottle or two and ask your server to pour you a glass to complement a perfect plate of Foie Gras “au Torchon.” {wd555usa.com}

23: Executive Chef Erwin Mallet of Villa Azur
At the age of 12, Chef Mallet began his career at Jean Monnet High School, focusing on hospitality and catering. He maximized his talent by working in the kitchen of some of France’s top restaurants, including Pastis, Tantra, Guerite, and Maccheroni. His food is the perfect marriage of old and new techniques, and he masters every dish he meets. The Pork Tenderloin, slow-braised in red wine and orange zest, and Truffle French Ravioli add home-style comfort to his menu at Villa Azur. {villaazurmiami.com}

24: Altamare’s New Look, New Happy Hour
It’s the summer of AltaMare Restaurant. This fresh seafood landmark recently updated the interior décor with nautical rope accents, hand-painted lamps and chairs, and a wall made of reclaimed wood from a local dock. A new, original painting (commissioned by Carolina Sanllehi) now takes residence in AltaMare, depicting a colorful sense of motion influenced by the high ocean tides for which the restaurant is named. In addition to the new look, guests can now enjoy the Summer of AltaMare Happy Hour, celebrating the finest seafood, warm service, and a selection of casual cocktails perfect for unwinding after a hot day. Enjoy a glass of bubbly Prosecco or a house cocktail while noshing fresh-from-the-sea eats, like half-price oysters, Whole Fried Snapper, or a bright Wahoo Crudo with avocado, olive oil, and preserved citrus fruit. {altamarerestaurant.com; 305.532.3061}

25: The Betsy Hotel
The Betsy Hotel is one of South Beach’s best-kept treasures. Many rave about its award-winning BLT Steak, voted Miami’s Best Steakhouse by Miami New Times, but few know of the hotel’s Tuesday and Wednesday jazz nights, where some of the country’s most renowned trios, duos, and quartets indulge guests in intimate performances within one of The Betsy’s many book-filled rooms. In fact, CNN recently named The Betsy as one of “14 Beautiful Hotels Inspired by Literature,” as evidenced by its Escribe Aqui series, where well-known authors gather for poetry and book readings. Count on The Betsy for a little bit of culture on an otherwise cluttered ocean drive. {thebetsyhotel.com; 305.531.6100}

26: Small Bites at Semilla
Having your own dish is indulgent, but sometimes you’d rather be social and share. Semilla offers a prime environment for sampling small bites with a menu catering to tapas-style dining. We love the Braised Short-Rib Potstickers with green curry sauce for dipping, as well as the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with nashi pear. {semillamiami.com; 305.674.6522}

27: Mo Bar + Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental
There’s nothing better than a bar with a view, and MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental is simply one-of-a-kind. Whether chatting up friends over French martinis or admiring Miami’s skyline while munching on small plates, it’s impossible not to feel the city’s energy radiating through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Thursday through Saturday, live bands take the stage, enticing you to stay for “just one more” as you listen to guitarists and Latin jazz trios. Come fall, MO Bar Unplugged returns, inviting high-profile Latin-American artists to host concerts within MO Bar’s warm, intimate setting. Go for the music, stay for the cocktails; there’s no wrong way to spend a night at MO Bar. {mandarinoriental.com/miami/fine-dining/mo-bar-and-lounge; 305.913.8288}

28: Chef Giovanni Arias of Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa
Chef Arias of The Canyon Ranch Grill is considered a “flavor genius” by The Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts program. He melds Latin and Caribbean roccoinfluences with French and Asian cooking techniques, creating a continuously evolving hotel dining menu of renowned health-conscious cuisine (try the Seared Scallops with mango-coconut glaze and micro-cilantro, or the Yucca crusted with black bean purée and Brazilian cabbage). “Chef Arias demonstrates a drive and passion to showcase healthy food to its fullest potential,” said Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef, Scott Uehlein. “His acute sense of layering flavors, as well as an understanding of what it takes to run a successful restaurant, are incredibly important assets to our team.” {canyonranch.com; 305.514.7474}

29: Grilled Octopus at Milos by Costas Spiliadis
Estiatorio Milo’s by Costas Spiliadis has a reputation for world-class seafood, fresh from the Mediterranean. There is something especially memorable about the simply grilled, sushi-grade octopus that keeps people swooning. It is so simple in preparation and appearance, yet every slightly charred, delicately seasoned, juicy bite of this mysterious leggy delicacy brings a mouthful of oceanic delight. {milos.ca/restaurants/miami; 305.604.6800}

30: Landry’s Family of Restaurants
We love the extraordinary dining options from Landry’s family of restaurants. Looking for succulent seafood? The Oceanaire Seafood Room features fresh seafood flown in daily. Or, indulge in juicy, USDA prime-aged steaks at Morton’s The Steakhouse. What’s more, Chart House is the perfect setting for enjoying magnificent views, fresh fish specialties, prime rib, and steaks—a scenic Coconut Grove jewel! Great service and quality food make these the perfect Miami dining destinations. Reserve your table today for an unparalleled dining experience. {mortons.com/miami;theoceanaire.com; chart-house.com/locations/miami}

31: Signature Rolls at Barezzito
Keeping the menu as fun and spicy as the venue itself, Barezzito serves up some of the best signature rolls in town, like the My Chick Roll, with crab salad, tempura flakes, spicy mayo, eel sauce, soybean paper, and honey on top. Another favorite is the Hottie Roll, with shrimp tempura, scallions, cream cheese, spicy mayo, jalapeños, Parmesan cheese, and eel sauce. {barezzitousa.com}

32: Orangetheory Fitness
Let’s face it: dining out in Miami means you need a serious workout regimen, and the way to get it in gear is Orangetheory. The idea of Orangetheory is simple: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results. Our favorite benefit? Free reign to eat what you please. {orangetheoryfitness.com; 305.232.7722}

33: Boundless Dining with the Pubbelly Group

34: Summer Libations

35: Oysters au David Bracha at The River Oyster Bar and Oak Tavern