January 21, 2014

Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge Now Open

Fashion - Food - Design "Tre Eccellenze"

Designer, entrepreneur, vintner, restaurateur – Roberto Cavalli is an icon, recognized around the world for his passion and impeccable detail. His desire for creating the ultimate luxury experience is evident in every venture the internationally celebrated couturier has fashioned. Now, locals and tourists alike can rejoice as he unveils his latest, highly-anticipated project, Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge, which is officially open to the public. Sure to become Miami Beach’s go-to dining, entertainment and celebrity destination, Cavalli Miami celebrates the fashion mogul’s life and work, with cutting-edge design elements and authentic cuisine that pays homage to his Italian roots. Situated in a lavish villa at 150 Ocean Drive, in the heart of the city’s iconic Art Deco neighborhood, the new hotspot will be the-place-to-be.

To open the South Beach location of Cavalli Miami, a worldwide brand of luxury and distinction with locations in Milan and Dubai, the designer and his team enlisted the aid of renowned restaurant and nightlife impresarios Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group.

Collaboratively designed by Cavalli and Italian-based architect, Italo Rota, the two-story restaurant and lounge reflects Casa Cavalli’s style of luxury and innovation. The intimate, ground-floor dining room is designed to mimic Cavalli’s Tuscan villa, welcoming guests with vibrant colors and intricate textiles. Never-before-seen photographs of Cavalli’s private moments and celebrity encounters line the walls, while décor featuring floral patterned tablecloths; Murano glasses imported from Venice; wallpaper and accessories from the Roberto Cavalli Home Collection complete the fashion mogul’s signature flair. Even the floors are signed with the fashion mogul’s name, made from the finest Italian marble found only in Italy’s Massa Carrare caves. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace, the largest of any Miami Beach eatery, transports guests directly to Italy where street-side cafes, sipping espresso, and of course, Cavalli fashion are part of every day.

Upstairs, the sultry, sophisticated bar & ultra-lounge speak to Cavalli’s lifestyle of fashion, glamour and luxury; sleek steel fixtures; grandiose chandeliers; posh couches with silk cushions; chairs covered in signature zebra and jaguar prints; and glass pyramidal walls bring a welcome taste of haute couture to Miami Beach’s nightlife scene. Perfect for a night on the town or for hosting exclusive, fashionable soiree’s and incredible musical performances, the bar & lounge offers guests ‘fashion on the rocks’ featuring the designer’s self-titled vodka and an array of sexy libations.

At Cavalli Miami, Executive Chef Stefano Mazzi will share his passion for Tuscan cooking with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine with a hint of innovative ‘new-style’ dishes. Menu highlights include an array of delectable antipasti such as the Mediterranean octopus carpaccio with Pantelleria capers and Tuscan oil ($17); new style rolled yellow fin tuna with ginger and micro bio greens ($22); endive and shaved fennel salad with Manchego cheese, blood oranges, toasted pistachios and champagne vinaigrette ($17) Tuscan Chianina beef tartare with quail egg, light mustard and truffle salt ($25); and Caserta burrata with organic Campari tomatoes ($17). Not to be missed – decadent lobster consommé with caviar and house-made crème fraiche ($24) the perfect blend of succulent seafood with complementing savory flavors. 

Tantalizing primi plates feature selections of housemade pastas including: Tuscan wild boar ravioli with white truffle zabaglione ($26); chestnut pappardelle with white veal ragu, mascarpone cheese and baby artichokes ($22); risotto Portofino with light curry and grilled Sicilian prawns ($28) and Gnocchi – featuring Roberto Cavalli’s own recipe with royal jumbo lump crab ($27).

Secondini offerings range from Lamb Ossobuco with traditional “risotto alla milanese” and saffron risotto ($38); a 48-day aged classic Florentine steak – 22 ounce, Cavalli Style ($55); authentic roasted Valdostana veal chop with prosciutto crudo di parma, Fontina cheese in a white wine rosemary sauce ($50); and baked herb-crusted Chilean sea bass with artichokes and cherry tomatoes tossed with a vinaigrette ($40). To complement the opulent cuisine, diners can enjoy Tenuta Degli Dei, a red wine produced at the Cavalli Family’s Tuscan winery.

A selection of decadent Dolci including chocolate bomoboloni with nutella cream and raspberry marmalade ($12); coconut panna cotta with mango fresco, passion fruit sorbet ($10); almond semifreddo made with sweet & sour strawberry and basil granita ($10); and daily selections of house-made gelato ($8) offer guests a sweet ending to an unforgettable dining experience.

Located at 150 Ocean Drive, Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge is officially open to the public.

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