WORLD CUP WATCH PARTIES AT TAPERIA RACA

Taperia Raca head honchos, Chef/Owner Giorgio Rapicavoli and GM/Owner Alex Casanova, are celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup with special viewing parties during all remaining FIFA World Cup matches (with the exception of those that fall on Mondays when they are closed). Big screen TVs will run the games with surround sound, while the kitchen throws-out ball-themed specials – half-priced tapas – such as Croquetas de Queso de cabra with salsa romesco; Albaricoques con tocino with smoked honey and sea salt; Croqueta de paella with saffron aioli; Albondigas ‘frita’ with spiced smoked tomato; and Nutella arroz con leche croqueta with walnut, pretzel and strawberry. Classic Spanish cocktails such as white and red sangria, Tinto De Verano – red wine and Sprite, Calimocho – red wine and Coca-Cola and Clara – draft beer and Sprite, as well as craft beer are half-priced as well.

For matches that fall during the restaurant’s Happy Hour, Monday – Friday from 4:00PM-7:00PM, soccer fans can also partake in half-priced deals on additional food items. Taperia Raca’s regular menu will be served during matches as well.

The latest concept from Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and business partner Alex Casanova, the talented young duo behind Coral Gables’ foodie favorite Eating House, Taperia Raca, is a the quaint Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar located in Miami’s MiMo district. Boasting a menu of classic and modern Spanish flavors with the whimsical flair for which Rapicavoli is known, along with an atmosphere that melds casual Spanish taperia and hip, urban eatery, the restaurant is the ultimate collaboration of owners Rapicavoli and Casanova, and is aptly represented in its name: Taperia, Spanish slang for “tapas restaurant” and Raca, a combination of the first two letters of the owners’ last names. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Harrison and Rapicavoli put out a soulful menu of shareable Cold Dishes, Hot Dishes, craveable Desserts and a killer Sunday Brunch. Since it’s onset it has received nods including “Miami’s 6 Best New Desserts” from Thrillist, a fabulous review in Miami New Times, and ongoing diner fanfare.

Taperia Raca, located at 7010 Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo District is open Tuesday – Thursday, from 11:00AM – 10:00PM; Friday & Saturday, from 11:00AM – 11:00PM; and Sunday brunch from 11:00AM – 4:00PM. Metered street parking available and Karma carwash available for parking after 8 p.m. Taperia Raca accepts reservations via CityEats. Telephone: 305.751.8756. Website: www.taperiaraca.com. Twitter/Instagram: @Taperia_Raca.