Next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Italy, head to Brickell and satisfy your cravings at any of these five Italian eateries.
Travel to Tuscany without leaving the 305 at Toscano Divino, who’s menu features simple yet refined and authentic flavors that blend modernity and tradition. You can also enjoy a massive wine selection and some killer craft cocktails.
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, 900 S Miami Ave, Miami
If you’re looking for sleek sophistication and a great happy hour, head to Tamarina Restaurant & Bar. The speciality here is coastal Mediterranean-inspired Italian cuisine, complete with a crudo bar and an al fresco champagne bar.
600 Brickell Avenue, Miami
If it’s a clubby, lounge atmosphere you’re after, Segafredo will become your new Brickell go-to. While their menu does offer some traditional Italian dishes, you’ll find lots of global influences from Asian to Latin. A pretty diverse cocktail list of Italian classics, tropical drinks, gin and tonics, and martinis sweetens the deal.
1421 South Miami Avenue, Miami
Pasta fans, rejoice! Spaghettino’s classic-meets-modern menu of Italian fare puts all the epmhasis on homemade pasta (but don’t let that stop you from ordering an Italian brick oven pizza).
947 Brickell Avenue, Miami
This cafeteria hot spot describes itself as “Euro-chic,” offering a menu focused on pastas, pizzas, and Italian comfort food. Casual and modern, with a gourmet flare.
Every Friday, Italian lovers can get their hands on $1 oysters starting at 6 p.m. along with specially priced bubbles.
900 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
From start to finish, an authentic Italian meal is a true sensory adventure that involves each sense and has made it one of the most popular cuisines in the world today. Everyone can name a few Italian dishes like ravioli, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, gnocchi and others. However, to really indulge in a traditional Italian meal, you must experience the antipasti course. If you’re like me, you may have thought at some point while reading an authentic Italian restaurant menu that “antipasto” meant anti-pasta or something involving salad (opposite of pasta carbs would be lettuce, right?). Antipasti (plural) meaning comes from the Latin words “anti” (before) and “pastus” (meal), which is essentially an appetizer but in an authentic Italian meal, it’s so much more.
The antipasti tradition is believed to have originated in medieval Italy and they consisted of combinations of sweet and savory foods that not only got the diners excited for the meal but warmed up their taste buds so that they could enjoy every flavor that the ensuing meal would provide. Seasoned nuts and sliced, cured meats were the go-to choices back in the day but now the antipasto dish has taken on the form of a variety of new and exciting dishes. The emphasis of this course is on presentation and to engage the senses without being too filling because a traditional Italian meal has several courses. You can think of the antipasto course as a warm up for the rest of the meal.
Sweet, salty, savory, bitter, sour and umami can all be represented as well as a variety of textures by the combinations of foods that are selected. Remember, dining on Italian cuisine is an experience that is meant to stimulate all the senses, which is why it is perhaps so popular throughout the world. Sugared nuts, pickled sweet onion, olives, seasonal fruit, marinated artichoke and cured hard meats are some great examples of how each flavor and texture can be represented in an antipasto dish.
Stretching all the way to the Alps, the Northern region of Italy is known to showcase creamier foods that utilize the fantastic dairy that is produced in the rolling hills and pastures. The other aspect that is unique to a northern antipasto dish is the use of fresh herbs to compliment the creamy dairy based foods. Some common items you’ll find are fresh mozzarella and basil pesto, balsamic onions, prosciutto di parma, polenta fritta and olive tapenade.
While the northern region is known for the dairy, the Central region is famous for the cheeses and rich, flavorful sauces. Tuscany is at the heart of the region and showcases a variety of wonderful items from both land and sea. You’ll find sautéed seafood, meats and cheeses like prosciutto, salami, gorgonzola and fontina cheese, smoked salmon and fennel.
Often a blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, the Southern region features tomatoes and herbs that are combined with creamy cheeses and a variety of fresh seafood. Common staples of a southern antipasto dish include Romano and ricotta cheeses, a variety of olives, artichokes, sweet and hot soppressata, and anchovies.
At Toscana Divino in Miami, you can expect to find expertly paired and presented antipasto dishes that will not only satisfy all your taste buds but will also prepare you for one of the best authentic Italian dining experiences you can find outside of Italy. So, remember the next time you dine with us at Toscana Divino, don’t pass over the antipasti dishes because they serve a specific purpose in completing the Italian dining experience!.
Brickellites can hit Toscana Divino’s new Aperitivo Hour and enjoy some of Italy’s renowned Calvisius Caviar paired with select wines and cocktails priced 5o percent off every day from 5:30-8 p.m. We call this happy hour at its hautest.
This chic Miami eatery’s Hokkaido Scallop Tartare sits on a bed of crispy bamboo rice and is topped with Ossetra caviar. It’s $25, so you can look boujee without breaking the bank (we won’t tell anyone).
Uber glam Mediterranean hotspot Villa Azur celebrates Caviar Day with shareable Lobster Rolls served on pillowy buns with scallions, shallots, chives, diced radish, mayonnaise, yuzu sauce and of course, Kaluga caviar.
Take a trip to Paris at LaMuse, where you can dine on a dish inspired by Picasso’s muse.
Broward also gets a dose of boujee at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Kuro, serving tuna crispy rice with spicy tuna and Osetra Caviar.
Miami’s dining scene is booming and there’s something for every palate. Here’s a list of the buzziest dishes from the biggest spots right now.
There’s no need to give up those hearty Italian rice dishes come summer. Especially, if they are as light as the Cacio e pepe risotto at Brickell’s Toscana Divino. The acquerello rice is cooked in Parmesan water but has virtually no cheese, giving it a light texture without compromising its rich flavor. It is prepared tableside and topped with pepper to your liking. The delicate course pairs perfectly with a glass of Pinot Bianco from Trentino, Italy.
900 S. Miami Ave.; 305-930-6873
Courtesy of Estefan Kitchen
This homage to classic Cuban fare comes courtesy of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s new Design District restaurant, Estefan Kitchen. The crispy flatbread is topped with roasted pork, melted mozzarella, sweet plantains and laced with truffle oil and honey.
Courtesy of Vicky’s House
The team behind LoKal branched out with this 1980s-inspired milkshake bar in the Grove in April and its over-the-top creations have dominated our Instagram feed ever since. The milkshakes come with strictly retro themes, including one of the house signatures: The Golden Girls. The banana shake is made with Golden Grahams cereal, a Twinkie and a homemade blondie.
Courtesy of Matador Room
Stop by The Edition Hotel’s signature restaurant for this showstopper of a drink. The complex concoction starts with a mix of Elyx vodka, oloroso sherry, housemade bitters and salted caramel syrup. It is all poured over shaved ice in a copper pineapple cup and garnished with a torched sprig of rosemary for a smoky finish.
Burgers get the royal treatment at this upscale hotel eatery, especially with the Zeitaku burger (pictured above). Chef Yoshi Migita blends Hudson Valley foie gras with American Wagyu for a juicy patty offering richness in every bite. The fancy burger is dressed up with sharp cheddar, escabèche onions, heirloom tomatoes and herb aïoli served up on a black bamboo charcoal bun. The rich ingredients will set you back though: it’s priced at $100, and is available by request only on a nightly basis.