Its been a while since I’ve had pizza that blew me away, but that changed recently when I made my first (and definitely not last) stop at Proof Pizza & Pasta. I’m one of those individuals that stands by the notion that even bad pizza is good, but trust me when I tell you that the best neapolitan style pizza in Miami can be found at proof. Located across the Shops at Midtown, this somewhat petite restaurant is a gem created by chefs Justin Flit and Matt DePante.
The two chefs helm from quite an impressive pedigree, coming from culinary greats such as DBGB, Gramercy Tavern, Bourbon Steak and The Dutch. They took all their experience and used it to create the pizza and pasta that is taking Miami by storm. Using the most authentic and freshest ingredients possible, Justin Flit and Matt DePante are paving the way for how restaurants should be behaving themselves. Handmade pasta, Double OO flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and homestead vegetables are a few of the ingredients used, showing how far the culinary scene in Miami has come.
Proof’s Oxtail Pizza, composed of braised oxtail, mozzarella, black garlic, thyme, and caramelized onions, is the pizza that I will judge other pizzas against from now on. A menagerie of flavors is presented in every slice, with perfectly distributed fatty and unctuous meat complimented by cheese and sweet caramelized onions being the perfect foil to the flavorful black garlic. Although this pizza seems like savory overload on paper, Proof actually manages to create a work of art that has climbed the list as one of the best dishes I’ve had all year. Each pizza is made to order and is cooked in a 900 degree wood burning oven typically filled with oak and cherry wood. The 18 hour proofed dough has a tender and pillowy inside with charring on the undercarriage and leopard-spotting along the rim. This expertly created technique can only be achieved by having great dough, a oven that reaches screaming hot temperature, and awesome technique. This is how I know Proof is the real deal.
My return to Proof is inevitable. If everything is as grandiose as the pizza, I can easily see Proof becoming a rotating staple in my culinary rotation. I can never get tired of stellar pizza, and this is the best that I’ve had in recent memory.
Proof Pizza and Pasta
3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
By food editor, Santiago Cardona
Chef/Owner Giorgio Rapicavoli and the rest of the Eating House posse are once again hosting their anticipated 4:20 Dinner, held Monday, April 20, from 6:30 p.m.—11:00 p.m.
The celebration, which is an ode to the pot smokers holiday featuring a cravable$42.0 themed menu (excluding tax and gratuity,) $4.20 drink specials and stoner music and movies on constant rotation, is uber popular with Eating House regulars and Rapicavoli fans, nearly selling out this year only hours after an Instagram announcement. A handful of lucky revelers can still lock in their seats, and those who miss the gravy train can be added to the official waiting list by emailing email@example.com.
The prix-fixe menu, served family-style, features satisfying munchies-style grub (see below.) The regular, a la carte menu will NOT be served. Reservations are strongly suggested.
local straciatella, burnt tomato, basil
short rib, corn truffle, taquiza tortillas
pb & j poutine
sweet potato, pork belly, peanut, ‘jelly’
proper sausages, mostarda, pear relish
‘take-out’ style pork wings
cauliflower fried rice, red sauce, sesame
cap’n crunch funnel cakes
condensed milk ‘icing’, vanilla butter
vanilla dutch ice cream, banana caramel
Opened February 2012, chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Eating House popped onto the Miami dining scene and into food lovers’ hearts almost instantaneously. A pop-up concept with a proposed six-month reign, serving dinner and Sunday brunch out of an existing diner-style restaurant, the eatery quickly became a hotspot, drawing lines of eager foodies, pleased critics and impressed fellow chefs. Rapicavoli packed the house nightly with fans chomping at the bits for a taste of his whimsical, creative and fresh fare, served in a bustling little room with a hip, underground feel. At the end of July 2012, the city mourned as Eating House popped down, but rumors of a possible permanent location were ever-looming. Only weeks later, Eating House announced that they were purchasing Café Ponce and would pop back up for a several week stint before closing to remodel and open as a permanent location in November 2013.
Eating House, located at 804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, Florida, is open for lunch Monday- Friday, from 11-3 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Thursday, from 6pm – 11pm; Friday and Saturday, from 6pm – midnight and forSunday brunch from noon – 5 p.m. Telephone: 305.448.6524 www.eatinghousemiami.com
Ever since its inception a year ago, Uvaggio Wine Bar has impressed Miami with a playful demeanor in its culinary offerings and an impactful wine selection that no one else comes close to matching. Today, the restaurant celebrated its one year anniversary by throwing an event representative of their attempt to become a neighborhood favorite. The birthday party, aptly named “BBQ, Blue, and Booze Bash,” lived up to the Uvaggio name, giving those who attended a perfect evening to indulge in worthwhile food, drinks, and music.
Guests were invited to join the refined yet, relaxed restaurant for their birthday bash. Ticket proceeds benefited the Buckhams, a family whose young daughter, Isabella, was recently diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor. Although it has been removed, she has been fighting with chemotherapy since late November 2014.
At the Bash, Uvaggio followed through with its concept of serving comfort food in a sophisticated way. Offerings, served family-style of course, included smoked duck, fried chicken, biscuits, hot dogs, potato salad, and slaw amongst others. The star of the show was easily the fried chicken, being perfectly brined and combined with a slightly spicy seasoned flour that made for a flavorful and succulent bite. I honestly believe that if this chicken were to make it onto Uvaggio’s menu as a staple, it would become for competition to the likes of more famous fried chicken in the city, i.e. Yardbird. To accompany the food, Uvaggio offered wine comparable to the ones that are offered on their menu and beer on tap from J. Wakefield and Biscayne Brewing.
The lively atmosphere emanating from the party was evident through the smiles on everyones’ faces. People playing corn hole and beer pong led to booming laughter spreading throughout the back of the restaurant, and a good time was had by all. The live band, playing mostly blues to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, was absolutely incredible and only added to the already dynamic ambiance.
Uvaggio’s success is already cemented through the people that they have touched and the wonderful turnout from their first year in business. It is without question that Uvaggio will continue to impact Miami’s dining scene like it has in the past year. If they have been able to accomplish all that they have in only twelve months, the city should be excited about what Uvaggio has to offer in years to come.
This Easter Sunday American Social Las Olas is offering a celebratory brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $23.95 per person and all-you-can-drink deals starting at $10 per person.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests are invited to put all their eggs in one basket with an endless selection of made-to-order omelets; freshly-pressed Belgian waffles; salt and pepper prime rib; fried chicken; chilled snow crab legs; house-smoked Atlantic salmon; a choice of two breakfast sausages; hickory smoked bacon; roasted potatoes; warm biscuits and gravy; carved ham; and an assortment of baked goods alongside its menu of classic American comfort food.
Count your blessings with a choice of bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, “Angryosas,” a combination of Angry Orchard and orange juice, or Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy for $10 per person with the brunch buffet. Patrons can step-up the spike in their endless Bloody Marys with Stoli Vodka for $5 more or add premium Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne to their bottomless Mimosas for an additional $20.
If ordering sans buffet, the classic all-you-can-drink special start at $15.
For reservations, please call 954.764.7005.
About American Social
American Social is characterized by its classic American comfort food, a selection of 52 craft beers on draft, fresh-fruit cocktails, wines and “pour it yourself” beers on tap. American Social hosts “Social Hour” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday with 50 percent drinks and discounts on popular appetizers and flatbreads. Weekend brunch menu and all-you-can-drink specials are available on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant has two locations including 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and 690 S.W. First Court in Miami, FL. For more information, visit www.americansocialbar.com.
Biscayne Tavern, located at the YVE Hotel Miami, invites guests to put all their eggs in one basket with a family-friendly, all-inclusive Easter Brunch Buffet priced at $48 per adult and $25 per child ages 5 to 12 years old. The brunch feast includes a selection of a-la-carte favorites, bottomless mimosas or sparkling wine, made-to-order dishes and decadent desserts.
Get crackin’ with a choice of fresh brewed coffee, tea, juices, a mimosa or sparkling wine. Then, fill your Easter basket with a selection of brunch salads, smoked bacon, sensational sausages, ham croquetas, tequeños, scrambled eggs, French toast, home fried potatoes, assorted muffins, breakfast pastries, toasted bagels, smoked salmon, sliced cheeses, carved honey baked ham or hearty meats. Made-to-order omelets and specialty eggs are also available.
For dessert, indulge in a European chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries, fruits and dipping cake or other assorted sweet treats.
Spend the weekend with some-bunny special and take advantage of promotionally priced room rates available at YVE Hotel Miami starting at $170. Rooms can be booked online at www.yvehotelmiami.com.
For reservations at Biscayne Tavern, please call 305.307.8300.
ABOUT BISCAYNE TAVERN
Biscayne Tavern, located in the YVE Hotel Miami, is a casual neighborhood gastro-tavern characterized by its craft beer, comfort food and laid back atmosphere. Launched by famed restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, the eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.biscaynetavern.com.
Park Avenue’s charming boutique hotel, Vintro Hotel + Kitchen, is serving up an Easter Brunch Buffet at $64 per person, with all the fixings to awaken the palate of its South Beach neighborhood, complete with a complimentary Adult Egg Hunt.
Sunday brunch guests are encouraged to gather as many artfully decorated eggs they can find on property and the ultimate prize for Vintro’ s “Golden Egg” includes a complimentary one-night stay at Vintro Hotel, a $100 certificate to Vintro Kitchen and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Live acoustic Spanish guitar music will accompany al fresco dining on the patio overlooking Collins Canal.
The thrill of the hunt takes Easter Brunch to a new level as sexy cocktail “eggs-perts” serve bar favorites with a sweet twist. Candy-inspired cocktails include: “The Bunny Drop Martini,” “Peeps and Patron,” “Baileys Chocolate Martini,” and “Jellybean Cosmos.”
Patrons can indulge in a brunch buffet that includes breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, Caprese salad, Tortilla Española, a “Jewels of the Sea” raw bar, grilled lamb, pork or chicken, fire-grilled corn, pistachio and honey glazed brussel sprouts, local fruits and berries, classic morning pastries and Vintro’s signature seafood paella. A-la-carte menu items include a made-to-order omelet and Vintro eggs benedict cooked with bacon Hollandaise. Bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, red wine and white sangria packages are an additional $30 per person.
The lobby of Vintro Hotel + Kitchen ports into the restaurant, managed by 2014 James Beard Award finalist, Giorgio Bakastias. The influence of Greece and Mediterranean Italy echoes onto the tasty, yet light, ingredients that infuse each dish. The menu is reflective of the Mediterranean culture and the slow food movement with simply prepared farm-to-table plates focused on rich flavors, and seasonal and local ingredients. The rustic yet sophisticated interior features antique Cuban-tiled floors, delicate chandeliers hanging from 30-foot ceilings, and a copper timepiece from the 1700s that once resided atop a clock tower.
For reservations, please call 305.704.3680.
About Vintro Hotel + Kitchen
Vintro Hotel + Kitchen, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, is a new luxury boutique hotel and restaurant pair nestled in the heart of South Beach. The property is located at 2216 Park Avenue at the crossroads of Park Avenue and the newly renovated Collins Canal that connects guests to Biscayne Bay, Indian Creek and Lake Pancoast. Winner of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award, the pop art-laden property offers 50 deluxe rooms and suites, a 1,450 sq. ft. rooftop and infinity pool, Mediterranean inspired cuisine at the restaurant, and a tropical neon oasis escapade for travelers. For more information, visit www.vintrohotels.com.
The Local Craft Food & Drink continues its monthly Roast & Toast Boozin’ Brunch Series with a special Easter Sunday edition featuring Harpoon Brewery. Beginning at noon, the four-course brunch is priced at $60 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and features a welcome cocktail along with Bryant’s satisfyingly southern brunch classics, all perfectly paired with Harpoon Brewery beers. Reservations required; menu follows:
Featuring UFO White
Smoked Florida Sturgeon En Brodo
Florida caviar, potato ravioli with a glazed ham broth, pickled pineapple & torched local mizuna
UFO Big Squeeze Shandy
Amish popcorn grits, fried collards, soft scrambled farm eggs & Vidalia onion gravy
Slow Smoked Leg of Lamb
farro verde ragout, charred asparagus & heirloom tomato panzanella
HARPOON Leviathan IPA
Homestead Carrot Cake
Buttermilk ice cream and homemade marshmallow
Harpoon the Long Thaw White IPA
Initiated as a part of the revamping of their menu/concept led by locally revered chefPhil Bryant, formerly of Swine Southern Table & Bar, The Roast & Toast Boozin’ Brunch Series welcomes a different outsider monthly, whether farmer, brewery, distillery or winery, to enhance the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of American fare with local ingredients.
The Local Craft Food & Drinks located at 150 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, serves lunch Monday- Friday from noon- 3 p.m., dinner seven days a week from4:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. and a late night menu until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Telephone: (305) 648-5687 Website: www.thelocal150.com
Two of Miami’s hottest French restaurants — Pascal’s on Ponce and sister restaurant Brasserie Central – are joining forces for their first annual Easter in the Courtyard at Brasserie Central at The Village of Merrick Park. Taking place onSunday, April 5 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, a mist the gorgeous outdoor courtyard, Chef/Owner Pascal Oudin and executive chef Fabien Micard will cook-up a glorious three-course prix fixe brunch featuring top dishes from both popular Coral Gables haunts, as well as special Easter classics and bottomless mimosas for only$45 per person, excluding tax and gratuities.
Appetizer and main choices include Salade Lyonnaise – Frisée lettuce, soft poached egg, bacon lardon and crunchy croutons; Patè Campagnard – delectable country style pate served alongside cornichons and Dijon mustard; Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, and Saumon Fumè Ecossais – smoked salmon, tomato, capers and crème fraiche;Oeufs Florentine – perfectly poached eggs with ham, spinach, hollandaise sauce and toasted baguette; the savory Croque Monsieur Ou Croque Madame; Quiche Lorraine; the classic Omelette aux Fines Herbes – three egg omelet with potato, herbs and gruyere cheese; Cuisse De Canard A L’oeuf Mollet – duck confit and Salardaise potato, topped with a soft boiled egg; Boudin Blanc Truffle – truffle white boudin, apple and mashed potatoes; Galette de Sarrasin Au Jambon et Fromage – buckwheat crepes with ham, gruyere cheese and béchamel; or theOnglet A L’echalotte – hanger steak with shallot sauce and french fries. Oudin’sDessert options are traditional French treats including Crêpes Suzette; Ile Flottante– floating island with vanilla crème anglaise; and a creamy Mousse Au Chocolat. An all day Bistro menu will be offered as well.
Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling either restaurant.
Brasserie Central, located in the Level 1 courtyard at The Village of Merrick Parkat 320 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables, offers window-service breakfast, daily from 8:30- 11:00 a.m.; lunch, dinner and afternoon glacerie (2p.m.-6p.m.), daily from 11a.m. – 11p.m. Telephone: 786-536-9386 www.BrasserieCentralMiami.com.Pascal’s on Ponce is located at 2611 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, and will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Get in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day at Oak Tavern with a traditional Irish classic, Kieran’s Redbreast Irish Coffee, made with Jameson Whiskey, hot coffee, and topped with a homemade vanilla bean whipped cream. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to find a four leaf clover in our garden.
St. Patrick’s day isn’t just about green beer; it’s about green everything! Join us at Serendipity 3 for our limited time green concoctions that will have you feeling lucky. Try our minty green “Shamrockdipity” Martini, made with Crème De Minth, Baileys, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, cream, and simple syrup with a Mint Froho topping, our our vibrant green “Patrick’s Potion” made with Midori Sour, Vodka, and Orange Juice. For reservations call: (305) 403-2210-1102. Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139′