vista Miami, Neighborhood Gem

 

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You could say that downtown Miami’s solid restaurant scene was launched by Fratelli Milano, its owners Italian chef and restaurateur Roberto Bearzi and wife Fiorella Blanco, known for their twists on traditional Italian cuisine. Over the years they maintained quality at this casual spot with a reasonable price point, and not surprisingly have been successful. So now it’s on to their second restaurant, two story vista Miami, a welcome addition to Buena Vista restaurants. It offers dining indoors and in a lovely, inviting outdoor garden courtyard with lush plantings and bamboo. I’ve been back twice in a week since my initial visit — for the food, comfortable setting, and good quality/value. Coming up for fall is a rooftop lounge. The other very good news is an adjacent open air garden with unique boutiques that I’ll be writing up separately (and the best compliment from me, where I did serious damage while on “recon”).

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Exciting Shows At MDC Live Arts

Hats off to MDC Live Arts for their always unique entertainment offerings that are a much welcome and needed addition to Miami’s cultural and arts scene. Once again, from now through May 2019, you can expect another provocative season of performances that you should definitely check out. Here’s the list and a recap of the ten offerings:
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Things to Do Miami – Sept.

We’ll keep you busy with our monthly picks of things to do Miami. This month there’s everything from a historic cruise and the Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience, to a wine train, exciting film festivals and even yoga by the ocean. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the eight events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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Our Pick of Event Spaces Miami

Where to hold that special dinner or event for a group of friends or family? Here’s Part 1 of a two part series of the best event spaces Miami. In this first part, we focus on private dining rooms, from wine cellars and whimsical Mediterranean lounges to a restaurant tucked inside a Downtown Miami art gallery: our seven picks for the best private rooms Miami’s restaurant scene has to offer:
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Fall Concerts South Florida

It’s not too early to plan what concerts in South Florida you want to see as tickets can sell out quickly. We’ve put together a list of the top venues for concerts from Miami to Palm Beach as well as offerings in a variety of genres. You’ll find our picks in pop, indie, hard rock, Latin, R&B and country acts as well as singer/songwriters. We’re sure once you peruse what we’re showcasing, your calendar’s going to fill up from now until December!
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Osteria Baiocco, A Fave

2018 has to go down as the summer of exceptional eating in Miami. It’s probably a sign of the city’s growing prominence and wealth, attracting many of the world’s finest chefs and restaurateurs. The latest entry, Osteria Baiocco, is the first US outpost of David Ranucci, who owns several successful restaurants in Milan. For Miami he has chosen to highlight Roman and Etruscan cuisine, a welcome departure from the usual Tuscan, or other regional cuisines represented here like Ligurian, Sicilian and Pugliese. Many of the finer restaurants in town are like the city’s advertising slogan, “It’s SO Miami”. Not so Baiocco. It has an authentic Italian sensibility in all ways – understated yet stylish, and welcoming , with a crowd that comes for the food. And is it ever delicious. We dubbed Baiocco the “Temple of Pasta”. But then again, every dish my friends and I had, all foodies, got high marks.
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