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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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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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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Best Vegan Restaurants Miami – Part 1

There’s a reason PETA and VegNews have declared Miami among the top 10 vegan cities in the US. This sprawling city of many flavors has come together and embraced vegan advocacy and eateries with a vengeance. Wherever you are — Wynwood, North Miami, South Beach and even Ft. Lauderdale and Boca, you’ll find decadent plant-forward treats and body-conscious eats. Welcome to plant-based party central. Here are my picks for the top nine vegan restaurants Miami, a two part series.
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A Rave for Novikov Miami

Five stars across the board, my top rating goes to Novikov Miami, a sophisticated new entry in Miami’s dining scene featuring Japanese and Chinese cuisine. I’m talking about decor, menu, food, service and atmosphere. Seldom when I read a menu do I find so many appealing dishes that I’m already plotting my return visit .Miami is loving the place, judging by its being packed even early in the week in July. Novikov is the first US outpost of chef owner Arkady Novikov who has 50 restaurants in London, Dubai, and primarily Moscow.
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