(MIAMI, FL) December 16, 2013 — Uvaggio, the much anticipated wine bar that will soon bring chic European influenced atmosphere to Miracle Mile, has recruited Top Chef Season 11 contender, Bret Pelaggi, as its head chef.

“I am absolutely thrilled Chef Bret Pelaggi has joined the Uvaggio team,” says Craig DeWald, owner and wine and food aficionado. “I believe Chef Bret is going to redefine casual fine dining for Miami with his imaginative small plate dishes. I am excited and can’t wait for our guests to enjoy Uvaggio’s unique wines paired with our chef’s amazing food.

Chef Bret Pelaggi began his cooking career as a teenager at a local Norwood, Massachusetts restaurant. After graduating from the New England Culinary Institute, he went on to work at Boston-area restaurants including L’ Espalier, Kingfish Hall, Sibling Rivalry, and Chiara. Bret believes in using local products along with pasture fed meat and game, and enjoys a rustic approach to cooking, saying, “I love braising and cooking on the bone, classic stock based sauces and dishes prepared with a nod toward tradition and infusing a twist with modern techniques and presentation.”

Located at 70 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Uvaggio is expected to open in the next couple of months, as a vibrant, sophisticated and comfortable café, providing exceptional service, delicious food, earthy wines and memorable experiences.