Whether you’re planning to wed in Italy or not, hosting your engagement dinner at Toscana Divino allows you to create a memorable Italian experience for your family and friends. Your guests will enjoy our elegant dining room – the perfect fusion of old world charm and sleek innovation, much like the Tuscany region that inspires us. We’ve worked with many engaged couples and their families to create the perfect party, learning a great deal about what it takes to create a truly outstanding and romantic event.
Here are our suggestions about seven essential considerations for your engagement party.
Traditions notwithstanding, the hosts can be either the couple themselves, their parents or friends. If the couple is fortunate to have people vying to host their engagement dinner than why not form a small event committee and share in planning and cost? Toscana Divino will work with the host or hosts to plan the event logistics. A thoughtful host will ensure all guests feel welcome and comfortable by communicating beforehand about the dress code and whether and what kind of gifts will be expected.
It would seem that a surprise engagement dinner could really be fun, but it’s not advisable because wedding etiquette dictates that guests at the engagement dinner would also be invited to the wedding. This can be tricky unless the bride and groom are included in the creation of the guest list. We can accommodate parties of up to 30 people during our normal business hours and, under certain situations, can discuss an entirely private affair.
The invitation can be an opportunity to set a Tuscany mood for the engagement dinner. It does not need to match your wedding stationery, so you can do something different, and perhaps more whimsical. Why not set the tone by using decorative Italian paper or working with an Italian stationery company to customize an invite that doubles as a keepsake? Italy has a long-standing tradition of making some of the world’s most unique and beautiful stationery and some of the most famous papermakers have emerged from the City of Florence, including Rossi (https://rossi1931.com/).
Toscana Divino’s concierge will work with the event hosts to create a par-none menu for your engagement dinner that can range from the traditional multi-course Italian extravaganza to a lighter buffet or family-style menu. Our award-winning kitchen is overseen by Chef Andrea Marchesin who worked with the Saudi Arabian royal family, among other impressive gigs, prior to joining our team. Chef Andrea is known for re-imagining traditional Tuscan dishes and is an adherent to the farm-to-table, sustainable mindset emblematic of the modern artisanal Italian kitchen.
Italian wine, particularly from Italy’s Tuscany region, is our specialty. We house one of Miami’s largest collections of Italian labels in our unique, circular glass wine cellar. We excel at pairings and can find the perfect wine for every course. But, in addition to wine, why not embrace the cocktail craze, too? We also have a notable selection of small craft and unique Italian spirits and our Italy-trained mixologists can customize an Italian welcome cocktail, or after-dinner digestif, inspired by unique characteristics of the wedding theme and cute-meet story of the bride and groom.
A Tuscany-inspired and unique favor, labeled with the wedding date, is a way to imprint this special evening in guests’ memory. Send your guests home with a party favor labeled with the wedding date. Ask our event coordinator about our Tuscan products, or visit an Italian specialty store, such as Santa Maria Novella https://buy.smnovella.com in nearby Brickell City Center. Their original shop is one of the oldest novelty and fragrance stores in the City of Florence!
Some couples are opting out of a fancy dinner in exchange for a less-formal cocktail party. It’s a way to accommodate a larger group at a reasonable price and Toscana Divino’s outdoor cocktail lounge is the perfect space for a celebratory gathering of friends. Similar to the piazzas in Italy, our cocktail lounge is nestled in a beautiful courtyard in our vibrant Brickell neighborhood. We can create a special cocktail and small plates menu that is both inspired by Italy and customized for the tastes and personalities of the future bride and groom.
Planning a stellar engagement dinner is a balance of preparation and creativity. We’ve helped hundreds of guests plan memorable events at Toscana Divino. We treat our clients like valued friends and bring passion and authenticity to all we do because, ultimately, we want to cultivate long-term relationships. It would be rare to find a more dedicated, hardworking team and we’re ready to exceed your expectations!
For questions, reservations, or to join the Friends of Toscana, our loyalty program, please call 305.371.2767 or email [email protected] or visit our website at www.toscanadivino.com.
Natives will gleefully tell you that In Italy in the summer, love is always in the air! And nowhere more so than In the Tuscany region, the inspiration for Toscana Divino, because the beautiful vistas of the city from places, such as the Boboli Gardens, lend themselves to romantic interludes for couples of all ages and stages in their lives. There’s no doubt that Italy is the world’s most romantic destination and summertime is when thousands arrive to explore it. Love in Italy transcends beyond personal relationships to include a love for art, music, dance and, of course, just the passion, joy and beauty of life itself — la dolce vita.
In fact, the key figure in the Romanticism movement, poet Percy Bysse Shelley, wrote, “No sooner had we arrived in Italy than the loveliness of the earth and the serenity of the sky made the greatest difference in my sensations.”
What accompanies all this love? Food, of course!
Italy’s stellar cuisine and culinary traditions focus in the summer and throughout the entire country on two elements: Il Pesce (Fish) and Vino Bianco (White Wine). That’s why, for August 2018, we’ll be hosting a week-long celebration to highlight our seafood house specialties, delicately prepared by our Chef Andrea Marchesin, and select white wines that our discerning clients have come to love and that Toscana Divino is known for in Miami and beyond.
The 2018 Toscana Divino Seafood Festival will begin on Friday, August 17th and will take place each day until Sunday, August 26th. Here’s what you can expect….
L’Aperitivo Italiano (in our indoor and outdoor bar and cocktail area) — For $9 guests can enjoy Piattini (small plates) of Red Shrimp Lollipops and Scallops Skewers, as well as our permanent selection of Italian-style tapas to accompany our house specialty cocktails and extensive selection of Italian wines, beers and spirits.
A Tavola (at the lunch or dinner table) — For prices that range from $14 to $24, guests will enjoy a selection of seafood appetizers, including Salmon or Tuna Tartare, Octopus Puttanesca and Shrimp Salad. Featured seafood entrees, which range from $26 to $34, include Spaghetti alle Vongole e Bottarga, Carbonara di Mare, Black Spaghetti, Yellowfin Tuna, Mediterranean Branzino and Brown Trout.
Featured Wines — our sommeliers have chosen white and rosé wines that will pair perfectly with our seafood dishes and will be featured during our seafood festival, as well as a bold red to accompany heartier entrees. These wines can be purchased by the glass, or paired with our a la carte entrees as a flight, and include:
Please mark your calendar, too, and join us for these events to accompany the seafood festival.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 7 PM
Join us our knowledgeable team for an intimate, private seminar and tasting of the following four Italian wines: 1.) 2017 Rosé Rosalba, Piepaolo Pecorari, Friuli Italy, 2.) 2016 Chara, Feudo Disisa, Sicily, Italy, 3.) 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Semis, Collefrisio, Italy and 4.) NV Vino di Amarone, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy. This event is complimentary for members of Friends of Toscana, but please call 305.371.2767 to reserve. Space is limited.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 | 6 PM
Add something new to your culinary repertoire and join us to learn our chef’s secrets and tips for preparing an outstanding seafood and pasta entrée. Wine will be served. The cost to attend is $50, but that amount will be entirely donated to No Kid Hungry. Please call 305.371.2767 to reserve. Space is limited.
It’s easy to become a member of Friends of Toscana, our loyalty dining club! Please ask your server about how to join or call 305.371.2767 or email [email protected] During the 2018 seafood festival, members can take advantage of these discount prices on cases of our featured wines.
Members of Friends of Toscana also receive a 10% discount on their check, discount pricing on featured wine flights and a 50% discount on all bottles of wine on Mondays. All proceeds from this program directly benefit the No Kid Hungry foundation.