Slices restaurant brings “Italian Rodizio” concept to North Miami

By Josie Gulliksen

Rodizio is well known in Brazil as the all-you-can-eat meat extravaganza. Now, imagine that concept in an Italian restaurant. That’s exactly what co-owner Alex Brasso of Slices Pizza & Pasta in North Miami is do… oing. He spent four years living in Brazil and thought, why not introduce this concept in an Italian eatery.

“The concept of all-you-can-eat is… Continue reading

Pepe Nero brings Italian flavor to Espanola Way

By Josie Gulliksen

A taste of Italy has come to Miami Beach’s quaint, European-inspired Espanola Way with the arrival of Pepe Nero Restaurant and Pepe Nero Bar. The striking corner location is ideal for people watching and comfortable furnishings make it even more relaxing.

The European-inspired wooden chairs with comfy cream-colored upholstery are a nice contrast to the long, narrow, tufted-back leather benches… Continue reading

Viva Italia at La Locanda tiny spot with big European flair

By Josie Gulliksen

La Locanda restaurant owners Massimo Fortunato and Francesco Cavalletti have the market cornered on delectable and traditional Italian favorites from South and Central Italy with Massimo hailing from Napless while co-owner Francesco is from the Adriatic coast. In the South Massimo says pastas with rich sauce are common while in Italy’s Central section meats and filled pastas are the norm.… Continue reading

Muscle Maker Grill keeps it healthy and delicious

By Josie Gulliksen

The Muscle Maker Grill in Midtown is the only one located in Miami. With a motto like “Great Food with Your Health in Mind,” it’s no wonder people seeking to keep a healthy and delicious diet are flocking here. It’s obvious from the get-go that this place means business with a variety of health-related products for sale. Only the best… Continue reading

Beach Lounge Bar’s bringing Brazilian and International flair to Sunny Isles Beach

By Josie Gulliksen

Owner Henrique Saldanha is bringing a taste of authentic Brazil to his Beach Lounge Bar and Restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach. From the logo to the music and the menu, Saldanha sets the …  perfect ambiance.

“We have a section in the menu titled ‘The Brazilian corner’ and our logo is the same as the famous Copacabana beach sidewalk.… Continue reading

Family-run Ankarr Pastry Shop keeping customers happy serving freshest food and pastries

By Josie Gulliksen

The Arredondo brothers know that to run a successful business it takes plenty of love and care and so together with their wives, they’re achieving that at Ankarr Pastry Shop in K… Kendall, which they’ve owned for more than six years.

This quaint and European-inspired spot is at the heart of a major intersection along North Kendall Drive and… Continue reading

Venezuelan favorites and more at Doral’s Sabor Venezolano

By Josie Gulliksen

Striving to be more than just a place to pick up Venezuelan munchies like bollitos, arepas and empanadas, Sabor Venezolano is one of the only (and perhaps the only) sit-down restaurant serving gourmet, …  buffet style cuisine. It’s not all Venezuelan either, there’s a wide array of international fare here.

Walk in and the style is simple with white… Continue reading

Grab homemade Mexican eats at La Lupita

By Josie Gulliksen

There are no wide hats, terracotta colors or any other brightly colored décor that we’ve come to expect when entering a Mexican restaurant at La Lupita. If anything the interior of this spot is the antithesis of that with simple white décor and only paper placemats on tables and walls covered with large scale color photographs of scenes from the… Continue reading

Memories of home and delectable food are inspiration for Pier 94 in Downtown Miami

By Josie Gulliksen

The open kitchen, open air and indoor seating and definitely the buzz of Downtown Miami were an immediate draw for chef/owner Alex del Corral of Pier 94. A veteran of Miami restaurants… s who honed his skills in the corporate restaurant world, del Corral’s love for Italian cooking as well as cuisine from his native Peru are evident in… Continue reading

Ola Miami is neatly tucked in Beach’s Sanctuary Hotel

By Josie Gulliksen

The Sanctuary Hotel, located on residential James Avenue and just blocks away from Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, is home to Ola Restaurant.

Renowned Chef Douglas Rodriguez whose name became famous in …  the mid-1980s, has created a stellar menu at this beautifully intimate and cozy restaurant. Even with 120 seats the almost mysterious light pink rock-like candleholders add… Continue reading