Few people could pull off a sophisticated supper club that’s at the same time unpretentious and casual. That is, few besides Thea Goldman. And add to that an eclectic mix of people, very good food and an intimate, romantic atmosphere (seats 40), and you have a winning formula. Thea’s Supper Club is in what is now a convenient albeit outlying area, 1951 NW 7th Avenue (corner of 20th St.). T.305-777-3777.

Interestingly enough, the location is part of the reason for the mix of people as it’s next to the Wynwood Arts District, south of the Design District with its fashionista crowd, near the courthouse, in a scientific building of the University of Miami Technology Center, and down from Jackson.

Pavel Vitier is the lead singer and guitarist of the three –piece band. He studied at the music conservatory in Havana and plays “trova”, ballads from the 1920’s to 1950’s which suit the elegant theme of the evening. I’m told that guests often get up and dance, not surprising. There are two menus — one is a three course prix fixe and the other, offered after 9 p.m. is a la carte dining. Thea wants this to be a private dinner party atmosphere so she places table cards with names of guests and offers a welcoming glass of rose Prosecco accompanied by an “amuse” of black olive tapenade, ricotta and homemade bread. The prix fixe includes an appetizer, entrée or pizza and dessert, and no cover charge, an excellent value at $45 a person. Plus, wines by the glass start at $9 and a bottle at $38. I found a lot of enticing items on the Italian-influenced menu, always a very good sign and everything turned out to be uniformly very good.

For an appetizer Mr.W. had the kale, shaved fennel and radish salad and as an entree, orrechiette with pancetta, peas and mint . He didn’t leave a morsel. I had the roasted beets, mache, walnuts and gorgonzola salad followed by chicken Milanese with red and yellow tomatoes and arugula, expertly fried and tasty. Other dishes that caught my eye were the charcuterie plate, pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage, and the roasted cod with pureed potatoes. For dessert we had the sampler which came with the meal at no extra charge. It included an assortment of luscious gelatos – dark chocolate orange, salted caramel and pistachio.

Take note. Reservations  are by invitation only and the club is only open two nights a month so places get booked quickly. This month it’s March 14 and 28. There are two seatings, at 6:30/7 or 9/9:30. Through a special arrangement with Thea, readers of MiamiCurated are invited, but when making a reservation you need to mention the blog. Email reservations@private-theas.com There’s seating at tables and at the bar and free valet parking. The supper club can also be rented for a private party (pictured here Prada’s event).

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