May 13, 2010

Chef Marco Ferraro Creates New Prix Fixe Tasting Menus

Chef Marco Ferraro

Summer gets off to a fresh, delicious start at Wish restaurant

Prix fixe tasting menus have long been a professional chef’s playground, where they could experiment with new flavor combinations, techniques and, most importantly, test new dishes.  Since his appointment to the helm of Wish restaurant in the summer of 2008, chef Marco Ferraro has dished up contemporary Mediterranean-inspired cuisine not only on the acclaimed restaurant’s a la carte menu, but also on an array of creative prix fixe menus.  To kick off the summer season, Ferraro has unveiled new three-course tasting menus for the months of May, June and July. The new tasting menus, priced at a very affordable $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) are available during dinner service.

For an additional $15 per person, sommelier Jennifer Wagoner will offer guests who sample the new tasting menu, paired wines by the glass from Wish’s wine list, which has garnered the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2002.  For a broader tasting of Wish’s beautiful cuisine – 4-course, 5-course and 6-course prix fixe menus, based on the a la carte menu, are also on offer for $70, $80 and $90, respectively, and may be paired with wines for an additional $20, $25 and $30.

“I love the idea of a menu being a story and the different layers unfolding with each course,” says Ferraro.  “Adding the menus to our offerings definitely give diners more options and help keep me inspired.”   When Ferraro relocated to Miami Beach to take the helm of Wish, he found a cornucopia of local product and uses it whenever he can. “We have amazing produce and seafood right in our own backyard,” Ferraro enthuses.  “A good deal of it definitely finds itself onto my menus.”  Menus, subject to change based on product availability, are below.


House-made Fettucine Pasta
Basil Pesto, Local Heirloom Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Toasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan Cheese

Braised Veal Osso Bucco
Creamy Polenta, Mixed Mushrooms, Parsley Gremolata, Micro Green Salad

Chocolate Terrine
Crème Anglaise, Candied Hazelnuts, Glazed Kumquats


Crispy Escarole Ravioli
House-made Ricotta, Bacon Foam, Madera Wine Reduction, Candied Hazelnuts

Braised Pork Belly
Udon Noodles, Charred Bok Choy, Fresno Chilies, Cilantro, Aromatic Bacon Broth

Blood Orange Crème Brulee with Ginger Cookie


Charred Octopus
Fennel, Scallions, Orange Segments, Mustard-Miso Dressing

Pan Seared Barramundi
Orzo Salad, Cucumber, Olives, Mixed Herbs, Tomato Dressing

White Chocolate Pot De Crème
Passion Fruit, Pistachio Financier

Wish, is located at The Hotel, 801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida.  Dinner is served Tuesday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.; closed for dinner on Mondays.  Reservations suggested: (305) 531-2222 or (305) 674-9474.  Valet and public parking available.  Major credit cards accepted.

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