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Sophisticated Italian Food at Miami Spice Prices in the Heart of SoBe, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

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Meatballs

Meatballs

Written by: Tyler Sminkey

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana has been a Lincoln Rd. staple for 10 years now, providing Italian feasts for both tourists and locals. Recently, Quattro renewed its lease on Miami Beach’s premiere pedestrian mall and is featuring an array of new dishes from new Executive Chef, Dario Bellofiore.

Quattro features both indoor and outdoor seating – outdoor is a great spot to sip wine with friends and enjoy the sights of people strolling Lincoln Rd. or a romantic dinner under the Miami night sky. We opted for a seat inside (since it’s August in South Beach) and were delighted by the chic ambiance, high ceilings and cozy tables. There is a beautifully mirrored bar facing the front door, inviting guests to walk deep into the restaurant space and showcasing a fraction of their extensive wine collection.

We sampled the Miami Spice menu (check it out here) and were delighted to see the Polpette in Umido (beef meatballs in tomatoes sauce with fresh buffalo mozzarella) appetizer option for dinner! A generous serving of meatballs come to you smothered in fresh red sauce and topped with mozzarella and fresh basil. (In case you didn’t already know: Meatballs are my favorite app.)

Veal

Veal

Our entrée selection was the Scaloppine Alla Pizzaiola, which is veal scaloppini again smothered in a creamy and tangy red sauce and accompanied by crispy potatoes tossed in fresh oregano and rosemary, but it was honestly was a tough call between that and the Ravioli Al Pesto! There’s also a Dentice Al Limone e Spinaci (grilled snapper in a lemon sauce with sautéed spinach) option which looked amazing.

The Spice menu dessert is Quattro’s famous tiramisu which is house made and paired with a smooth coffee ice cream – the perfect palette cleanser after a rich Italian meal. 

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Stay tuned for details on Quattro’s 10-year anniversary events and celebrations, scheduled to take place later this year! Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road and is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Villa Azur Launches Le Petit Bar in the Garden

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Le Petit Bar

Le Petit Bar

Written by: Alexandria Ugarte

We’re lucky to live in a city that offers something for every taste, style, and budget. If you want get dressed up and dine in style, you head to the chic and upscale Villa Azur in Miami Beach. If you want to unwind after a long day at work with good friends and even better cocktails, then you head straight to Villa Azur’s newest addition: Le Petit Bar in the Garden. 

Before you even get to the menu, Le Petit Bar is first a feast for your eyes. Nestled in Villa Azur’s garden, the outdoor area is elegant and trendy, yet perfectly cozy. I instantly fell in love with its sophisticated aesthetics and I hadn’t even looked at the menu yet! We chose a large white couch near the bar with a big rustic coffee table to hold our cocktails and plates. It’s definitely a place that beckons you to get comfy and stay a while.

The menu is comprised of shareable plates, hand-crafted summer cocktails, and good brews. I immediately knew I was going to have the Guava Mojito because, well, those are two of my favorite things! It did not disappoint, and I had to wrangle it out of my friend’s hands a couple of times who insisted on “taking a sip to try it” over and over again. The Apple Spritz was recommended to us by our waiter and was also a fantastic choice, especially if you’re into something a little bubblier.

Apple Spritz and Guava Mojito Cocktails

Apple Spritz and Guava Mojito Cocktails

To pair with our summer cocktails, we ordered the sesame-crusted tuna, the short rib & polenta croquettes, and the cheese & meat plate. 

The cheese and meat plate consisted of fresh brie cheese, lomo, and chorizo Iberico. The portion size was perfect for sharing, and the salty selection paired so well with our sweet drinks.

Cheese & Meat Plate

Cheese & Meat Plate

The tuna was also a great match for our drinks. It was tasty and seared to perfection.

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Sesame Crusted Tuna

We left the best for last. The short rib croquettes were so out of this world, it was a bit difficult to share. I could have shamelessly finished those all by myself! I recommend ordering a couple of those if you’re in a group. Everyone’s going to want to have seconds.

Le Petit Bar is open Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Its atmosphere and perfectly priced menu make it a great choice for mid-week drinks after work or the ideal stopover for some appetizers and cocktails after a Sunday afternoon at the beach!

People Watching on Lincoln Rd. at the Original Segafredo

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Antipasto Segafredo

Antipasto Segafredo

Written by: Tyler Sminkey

Strolling Lincoln Rd. on an afternoon or evening is always a fantastic spot for people-watching…tourists from around the world, beach-goers looking for something to eat or drink and people who are actually working mixed in there. Bikinis, business suits, board shorts and even speedos – Lincoln Rd. has it all.

The perfect way to enjoy all of this scenery? Welcome to Segafredo L’Originale, conveniently located at 1040 Lincold Rd., right next to the famed Colony Theater. We had a seat outside, next to the fountain, in plush royal chairs and couches to sip on strong yet delicious cocktails while enjoying the constant flow of vacationers and locals shopping and just enjoying South Beach’s famous pedestrian mall.

This location is Florida’s first and original Segafredo, brought over from Italy in 2000. We started with the Antipasto Segafredo, a platter filled to the edges with Italian cold cuts, cheeses, olives and grilled vegetables. (Sidenote: from 5- 7 p.m. every day you can enjoy their “apertivo” which is basically a buffet of some of their most delicious dishes that you can fill your small plate with to enjoy while sipping cocktails.)

Cucumber Martini

Cucumber Martini

Now onto the most important part…the cocktails! They have an amazing menu of cocktail creations that has recently been shaken up with some new & seriously strong drinks. The Cucumber Martini was light and refreshing, a nice break from the South Beach humidity, and the Grape Collins is a fun take on a classic with Saint Germain, prosecco and fresh grapes.

Grape Collins

Grape Collins

Take a break between sipping drinks to try the tuna tartare and be sure to drizzle the delicious lemon cream sauce that accompanies the dish. This was an interesting addition to the already amazing tuna and was so good it was worth dipping the pita chips in on their own!

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

Sex was Gra' it

Sex was Gra' it

We also tried the all-new Sex Was Gra’ It cocktail which packs a liquor punch and comes topped with fresh watermelon and sliced jalapeno before the signature tiramisu. Our waitress said the tiramisu is her all-time fave and it was the perfect dessert – not to filling with a nice coffee cap to end the meal!

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Havana 1957 Opens on Ocean Drive

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Written by: Katrina Vargas Vila

Right now, I’m writing LIVE as I’m sipping a mojito in what’s probably one of the best restaurant grand opening's I’ve ever been to. The drinks are flowing, the music is loud, and the people are happy. As I look around the room I see friends hugging, smiling, and dancing. I even make my own new friends (a couple visiting from Austria) at the bar and tell them all about what makes Miami so awesome. Outside, all the guys are smoking cigars. Where am I? I’m at the new Havana 1957 on Ocean Drive and I feel right at home. 

As a fellow Cuban myself, I loved that the restaurant is decorated with everything Cuba. It’s fun to imagine what it would have been like in an actual restaurant in Cuba many, many years ago. I see old fashion sewing machines, Cuban flags and old photos.

My hubby and I take a seat near the kitchen where smells of bistec empanizado and vaca frita have filled the air. As I’m dancing in my chair over my own bistec empanizado, arroz, frijoles negros, and tostones that I will not share, I may have convinced my ½ Venezuelan, ¼ Brazilian, and ¼ Cuban Hubby that the liveliest part of his heritage is the one that we share. 

I get a glimpse into the kitchen and I see something I’ve never, ever seen before. I see a very happy chef. She’s dancing and clapping and motivating her team to get moving. Everyone in that kitchen is with her, they support her, and what’s more – they love her. They are dancing while they cook up really delicious things in that kitchen.

Our dinner was fresh and flavorful. My breaded steak was crispy (which is SUPER important) and my husband ordered the vaca frita which he really enjoyed. This isn’t a place you come to for fancy food. That’s not what Cuban food really is. It’s the place you come to for a good, authentic meal, just like Abuela would prepare for you. Plus they have many options under 500 calories, which is something your Cuban grandma won’t be interested in doing.

Cubans know how to party. They also know great food. Visit Havana 1957 on Ocean Drive and see for yourself. Gotta go – gotta get back to my mojito!

American Social Brickell Launches a Lighter, More Shareable Menu

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Photo courtesy of: Erika Cespedes

Photo courtesy of: Erika Cespedes

Written by: Alexandria Ugarte

American Social has come to be a Brickell staple — the ideal spot for dinner and drinks paired with a perfect view of the Miami River and city skyline. And just as the summer is starting to heat up, they have rolled out a new menu packed with seasonal light bites and shareable plates.

In an effort to transition to lighter ingredients and simpler plates, Executive Chef Christopher Palmer has created 28 sharing-style dishes to better reflect the restaurant’s social atmosphere. To best enjoy the new options, pick an outdoor spot by the river and bring your friends… You’re going to want to hang out for a while. (And don’t worry, their infamous Chicken & Waffles is still on the menu!)

The new menu is broken down by origin: Sea, Land, Garden, and Pub. Here are my recommendations for each. 

Sea
Go with the Diver Scallops! These bad boys are cooked to perfection and sitting atop a bed of flavorful corn and zucchini fritters. For the full effect, make sure you fork up a bit of each to mix the flavors.

The honorable mention in this section goes to the Peekytoe Crab Toast, in part for their adorable name and in part for being an awesome and highly flavorful appetizer style plate. These will go quick!

Diver Scallop

Diver Scallop

Land
In the Land section of the menu, the Mojo Chicken Empanadas are a fun hand-held option with a nice latin kick, but it’s the Black Truffle Short Rib Melt that steals the show! The meat is braised in red wine, topped with gruyere cheese and black truffle aioli, and then squished between two perfectly toasted sour dough slices. Pair it with a seasonal Blood Orange Pale Ale for a flawless flavor combination.

Short Rib Melt

Short Rib Melt

Garden
You have to try the Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup. Even if it’s 90 degrees outside, you have to try this tomato soup. Even if you don’t usually like tomato soup, you have to try this tomato soup! It’s delectably light, nearly citrusy, and pairs perfectly with a cold iced tea. Did I mention it’s topped with melted gruyere cheese? Because it is.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Pub
Here’s where you’ll find some of your trusted American Social favorites, like the Chicken and Waffles and the American Social Mac and Cheese. These plates are beloved for a reason, so you’ll still find them on the new menu! 

The new menu kicked off in June, so you can try it right away. American Social’s Brickell location is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.