Italian restaurant – Cucina Papoff http://cucinapapoff.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:10:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cucinapapoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Italian restaurant – Cucina Papoff http://cucinapapoff.com/ 32 32 Toronto’s Italian restaurant Sofia makes way for Miami’s Design District – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://cucinapapoff.com/torontos-italian-restaurant-sofia-makes-way-for-miamis-design-district-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:10:58 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/torontos-italian-restaurant-sofia-makes-way-for-miamis-design-district-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Even though Thanksgiving is only a few days away, we’re not talking turkey tonight. There’s a new Italian restaurant in the Design District that’s got us buzzing. Get ready to drink wine and dine in style! Miami has a new addition that will make you think and see pink, and it comes from our neighbors […]]]>

Even though Thanksgiving is only a few days away, we’re not talking turkey tonight. There’s a new Italian restaurant in the Design District that’s got us buzzing.

Get ready to drink wine and dine in style!

Miami has a new addition that will make you think and see pink, and it comes from our neighbors to the north.

Charles Khabouth: “Sofia is a brand new restaurant here in the Design District. He is from Toronto. The space itself is a very cheerful, sexy and modern space.

Sexy also means Italian food here, but maybe not the one you’re thinking of.

Charles Khabouth: “The food is quite light. It’s not heavy Italian. It’s a light Italian menu. We have a lot of crudos. We have lots of sashimi.

We’re talking about dishes like ahi tuna and octopus. But if you don’t feel suspicious…

Charles Khabouth: “The card is well balanced.

The balance is equal to carbs, so bring the pasta.

Charles Khabouth: “One of our best pastas is cacio e pepe. It’s made with pecorino cheese and truffles, and of course lots of butter and cheese, but it’s definitely worth the calories.

Ahmad Hamid: “The food is absolutely delicious. I think I could eat this pasta every day of my life. It is so good.”

All this delicious food is sure to make you thirsty, so the cocktails are really fun.

But in Sofia they really want to help you wine down.

Charles Khabouth: “We have been organizing for a year and a half, really incredible wines from all over the world.

Let’s toast to that!

After all, you can’t go wrong with good food, full cups, and fun vibes!

Ahmad Hamid: “The Design District is the place to be. I’m always looking for a new, fun place to hang out with my friends, and this is absolutely it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Sofia – Miami
140 NE 39th St., Suite 133, Miami, FL 33137
786-220-0225
miamidesigndistrict.net

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Criniti’s Italian restaurant has blasted Google reviews as customers turn to poor food and poor service https://cucinapapoff.com/crinitis-italian-restaurant-has-blasted-google-reviews-as-customers-turn-to-poor-food-and-poor-service/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 15:13:50 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/crinitis-italian-restaurant-has-blasted-google-reviews-as-customers-turn-to-poor-food-and-poor-service/ Once a cult Italian chain where desperate diners lined up outside for a chance to grab a table, Criniti’s downfall was swift and severe as the new owner is accused of posting five-star reviews to bolster its reputation in difficulty. Frank Criniti and his wife Rima founded the chain in Parramatta, Sydney’s west, in 2003 […]]]>

Once a cult Italian chain where desperate diners lined up outside for a chance to grab a table, Criniti’s downfall was swift and severe as the new owner is accused of posting five-star reviews to bolster its reputation in difficulty.

Frank Criniti and his wife Rima founded the chain in Parramatta, Sydney’s west, in 2003 when they were both 23.

They ran an upscale restaurant that used flashy motorcycles as decor, sleek settings, delicious food and dedicated service.

One franchise even offered free shuttle service to nearby ferries in a Rolls-Royce.

But a messy divorce between the couple saw business-savvy Rima leave Criniti altogether.

Frank managed to hold on to the chain until 2019 before more than $16.5 million in debt caught up with him.

Seven Criniti locations were eventually bought by Raj Patel and his Brunelli Group for just $1 million in November 2019, eventually reopening in August 2022 after the Covid pandemic ended.

Rima Criniti (above) said she was ’embarrassed’ by what famed Italian restaurant chain Criniti’s has become since being forced out of the business in divorce in 2019

Frank Criniti (above) handed over ownership of the business after racking up more than $16.5million in debt and was banned from running another business until 2023

Frank Criniti (above) handed over ownership of the business after racking up more than $16.5million in debt and was banned from running another business until 2023

Raj Patel (above) and his Brunelli Group bought seven Criniti sites for just $1million in November 2019

Raj Patel (above) and his Brunelli Group bought seven Criniti sites for just $1million in November 2019

Patel bought the struggling family chain after taking office and was forced to close seven of its 13 stores in New South Wales and Victoria.

The Brunelli Group has kept the remaining six locations open, including its flagship waterside restaurant in Darling Harbour.

Criniti’s has also introduced two new restaurants with locations in Sydney’s Castle Hill, Parramatta, Brighton-Le-Sands, Wetherill Park and Darling Harbour, Newcastle’s Kotara, Perth’s Carousel and Melbourne’s Carlton and Southbank.

But its reopening, to much fanfare, has been plagued with poor reviews with longtime fans saying the food and service have deteriorated.

Hundreds of reviews left by disappointed customers have called the food, service and store conditions “disgusting” and nothing like “old days”.

Other long-time customers have complained that prices have skyrocketed as quality worsens and portions shrink.

‘I would give 0 (stars) if I could. This place is an absolute disgrace. Food is microwave frozen food, staff seem like they don’t care about zombies, cocktails were good though,” one person wrote.

“We ordered a garlic and shrimp pizza. We didn’t know we had to cut the garlic ourselves.

“Avoid this place, there are such great restaurants in Sydney. Criniti’s is not one of them.

A recent Google reviewer posted a picture of his pizza with full garlic cloves on it

A recent Google reviewer posted a picture of his pizza with full garlic cloves on it

Another particularly brutal review for Criniti’s Darling Harbor arrived on November 16, written by ‘local guide’ Anthony Grice.

“I don’t know what makes Critini such a beacon to eat?” It’s certainly quite a sight,’ he wrote.

“It’s a shame that Sydneysiders think this place is worth eating as indicated by people queuing for a table when it wasn’t busy and s dress like they’re going to a night club???

‘Once seated I couldn’t even concentrate on the very busy menu, again it took a lot of strength to block out the distracting loud music to even read the menu…there is no service to table we always had to call the staff, again no matter where you are Sydney restaurants really drop the ball. . . it’s basic hospo.

Criniti's in Darling Harbor (pictured) has been peppered with bad reviews, including a particularly blunt one calling it a

Criniti’s in Darling Harbor (pictured) has been peppered with poor reviews, including a particularly blunt one calling it a ‘nightclub’

“On the way to payment, which you need to get the bill yourself, I had an absolutely difficult experience because he couldn’t understand me and I couldn’t hear a damn word they were saying.

‘Summary: I thought I was in a nightclub, the menu is an IKEA instruction booklet, don’t eat for a week, you might finish your meals and being a highway tourist who doesn’t sniff the Sydney air, Darling Harbor has lost sight of basic hospitality skills, seems to survive only on tourists.

Ratings for the brand were plummeting until last month, when customers noticed a flood of recent five-star reviews.

A viral video on TikTok showed dozens of reviews left by Google accounts, with some even repeating the same misspelling multiple times.

The video accused the brand of buying off positive reviews to help boost its Google score.

Criniti’s account, which was tagged in the video, responded by blocking the poster.

Many reviews have been deleted since the video was uploaded, including one from a “Raj Patel”, the same name as the person who bought the Criniti’s channel in 2019.

Criniti reviews have recently been overtaken by five-star ratings with little or no account history and often without explanation

Criniti reviews have recently been overtaken by five-star ratings with little or no account history and often without explanation

Criniti’s careers manager, Kathy Criniti, vehemently denied the restaurant was using bots to boost Google ratings and said its poor reviews were just a reflection of some customers’ experiences.

“With 30,000 blankets booked every week and that number growing, it’s inevitable that there will be some (bad) returns here and there,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

“Especially in the age of reviews and social presence, where we depend on Google reviews as consumers.

The popularity of ‘Criniti’ has not waned, nor has our presence and viability in hospitality, so that said our growing numbers are proof of positivity and as a group we cannot continue to grow without them. feedback, whether positive or negative.

Former co-founder Rima Criniti said she continued to dine in stores but was “embarrassed” to be associated with what the once iconic brand has become.

Criniti was renowned for its flashy motorbikes and cars, stylish decor, delicious food and dedicated service

Criniti used to showcase awesome motorcycles and cars

Criniti was renowned for its flashy motorbikes and cars, stylish decor, delicious food and dedicated service

“It hurt so much to see the business shut down but when someone stepped in to bring it to life I was like ‘wow’,” she told The Daily Telegraph in September.

“I had lost it, yes, but I wanted someone to make me proud of what Frank and I had created.”

Ms Criniti is now working on setting up another business while her ex-husband still has a five-year management ban after seven other of his businesses went bankrupt.

CRINITI RESTAURANT RATINGS

SYDNEY

Brighton-Le-Sands: 3.8/5 out of 56 reviews

Many reviews point to the good service and great view of the location, but say the food could be better. Recent reviews said their meals were ‘greasy’, overpriced and took too long to be served.

parramatta: 3.7/5 out of 1,383 reviews

Recent reviews say the food is overpriced and below average. Several reviews came from former Criniti fans who said they were “disappointed” with the quality of the new owner.

Port Darling: 3.1/5 out of 2,391 reviews

Criniti’s flagship store has received the harshest reviews of all. Customers slam the hygiene, “disgusting” food and poor service, noting that staff look like they “don’t want to be there”.

Castle Hill: 3.2/5 out of 1,247 reviews

This Criniti’s is on par with lovers and enemies. Many people rave about the restaurant’s great atmosphere and family/family setting. Most negative reviews blame “bad service” for their experience.

Wetherill Park: 3.7/5 out of 481 reviews

Most recent reviews of the restaurant are positive, noting delicious food and friendly staff as two selling points.

MELBOURNE

Cardboard: 3.6/5 out of 1,648 reviews

This restaurant seems to be a fan favorite with lots of praise for the food and service. However, the negative reviews say the meals are not worth the high price.

South Shore: 3.3/5 out of 2,271 reviews

Many guests say the location is the highlight of this Criniti with the service and food lacking. One person described their experience as “deplorable” while many said the servers were too “slow”.

NEWCASTLE

Kotara: 3.6/5 out of 914 reviews

Many people applauded the food at this Criniti, but criticized the “awful” service. One customer wrote, “Why go to Karen’s Diner when you can go to Criniti’s Newcastle?!”

PERTH

Carousel: 3.4/5 out of 481 reviews

This store has received mostly positive reviews over the past month, with many saying the store offers delicious food and great space for groups. The only criticism is that the food is overpriced.

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On the new Leith Walk – a new Italian restaurant https://cucinapapoff.com/on-the-new-leith-walk-a-new-italian-restaurant/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:15:07 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/on-the-new-leith-walk-a-new-italian-restaurant/ No need to worry, it’s a new place in experienced hands. Vittoria Group closed La Favorita on Leith Walk last month and is now replacing it with Instagram friend Antonietta. It will be the place to go with flamboyant design and the warm Italian hospitality you expect from the Crolla family who run Bertie’s on […]]]>

No need to worry, it’s a new place in experienced hands. Vittoria Group closed La Favorita on Leith Walk last month and is now replacing it with Instagram friend Antonietta.

It will be the place to go with flamboyant design and the warm Italian hospitality you expect from the Crolla family who run Bertie’s on Victoria Street and Divino on George IV Bridge,

This is an easy on the pocket restaurant with reinvented Italian cuisine on the menu. The clashing styles in two dining rooms show that Antoniettas is made for fun.

A breathtaking menu will be in the spotlight at Antonietta and will offer playful, generous and authentic cuisine. Dishes will be served on hand-painted Amalfi plates and will include Beef & Nduja Mafaldine Pasta and Bright Yellow Pizza with Cacio e Pepe, Fior di Latte & Pancetta Sauce. A slushy Limoncello and Pink Gin as well as organic wines will be part of the drinks menu. All ingredients for Antoietta will be sourced as locally as possible or directly from small suppliers in Italy.

Vittoria Group Director Leandro Crolla said: “We have been struggling with tram works on Leith Walk for years. Nevertheless, there is now light at the end of the tunnel as we say goodbye to La Favorita restaurant after 17 years, we welcome Antonieta – a loud and daring Italian restaurant that serves up a “new look” neighborhood. The pizzeria brand lives on in our take-out and home delivery businesses under our La Favorita Delivered, which continues to thrive in the city.

Studio So, an Edinburgh-based commercial interior design firm, was commissioned earlier this fall to create a new interior concept for the Italian kitchen with Antonietta on Leith Walk, and work is currently underway to completely transform the space of the 140-seat restaurant.

Michelle Ridley, Director of Studio So, said: “Antonietta’s creative concept was born directly from ‘La Famiglia’. The strong Italian family-oriented culture and the deep bonds of family members. We want to stay true to the group’s traditional family roots and warm Italian hospitality, while celebrating the much-loved outgoing, passionate and daring Italian personality.

Earlier this year, the multi-award winning Vittoria Group announced changes to its pizza delivery brand La Favorita Delivery to offer future design and a more affordable menu as part of their ongoing research and development. Their takeaway site on Leith Walk next to Antonietta has been internally redesigned with a contemporary look to match the new branding and menus. La Favorita Delivered continues to operate 7 days a week in central Edinburgh.
Antonietta will open on 3 December 2022 at 325-331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA Scotland.

www.antoniettaedinburgh.co.uk

Don’t forget the pizza!

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Here’s Miami’s Top-Rated Italian Restaurant https://cucinapapoff.com/heres-miamis-top-rated-italian-restaurant/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:40:00 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/heres-miamis-top-rated-italian-restaurant/ What’s not to love about Italian cuisine? The promise of hearty pasta dishes, slices of pizza and endless amounts of bread are hard to pass up. Since you can find an italian restaurant out of every American city, which is the best in Miami? Yelp has the answer to that. After sorting the “Italian” tab […]]]>

What’s not to love about Italian cuisine? The promise of hearty pasta dishes, slices of pizza and endless amounts of bread are hard to pass up. Since you can find an italian restaurant out of every American city, which is the best in Miami?

Yelp has the answer to that. After sorting the “Italian” tab in Miami and sorting by highest rating, Fratellino emerged victorious!

Located in Coral Gables, this acclaimed restaurant has a superb five-star rating with over 1,500 reviews. Fratellino is known for serving traditional Italian dishes in a cozy atmosphere. The menu is sure to seduce you, from lobster ravioli to chicken parmigiana to a thick slice of tiramisu.

Megane W.who lives in Davie, gave an excellent review of the restaurant:

“My team visited Fratellino for a quick lunch, and we had a great time! After seeing this restaurant on Yelp’s Top 100 list, I made sure to schedule a visit. You will enter a warm environment with decades of family photos lined along the wall. My team of about 8 were quickly seated and served. Our server happily assisted us with wine selection, providing more complimentary bread and recommending dishes “Everyone enjoyed their meal and had leftovers! At the end, our server gave us two free slices of tiramisu to celebrate. For the experience, I recommend 100%!”

If you’re dying to try Fratellino, they highly recommend booking in advance.

Here are the Top 10 Italian restaurants in the Magic City:

  1. Fratellino
  2. Component & Wine
  3. Coppola’s Bistro Ristorante
  4. Luca Osteria
  5. O Munaciello Coral Way
  6. Osteria Vecchio Piedmont
  7. John’s Restaurant
  8. Italic Midtown
  9. Vero Italian
  10. Certo

See the full list of Miami’s must-visit Italian restaurants at Yelp.

]]> First look inside Leominster’s new Italian restaurant https://cucinapapoff.com/first-look-inside-leominsters-new-italian-restaurant/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 09:15:05 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/first-look-inside-leominsters-new-italian-restaurant/ A NEW “passionately authentic” Italian restaurant and wine bar has shared the first images of its premises. Il Vigneto (Italian for “vineyard”) will be in the former premises of Lamonby Flooring at 45 West Street, Leominster. RELATED NEWS: Owner and executive chef Michele Toniolo said “the last 10%” of the building’s renovations will soon be […]]]>

A NEW “passionately authentic” Italian restaurant and wine bar has shared the first images of its premises.

Il Vigneto (Italian for “vineyard”) will be in the former premises of Lamonby Flooring at 45 West Street, Leominster.

RELATED NEWS:

Owner and executive chef Michele Toniolo said “the last 10%” of the building’s renovations will soon be completed.

A wall in the restaurant offers an Italian view

The premises previously also housed the One Stop print shop and Minster Windows, with photos of the interior of the new restaurant showing it ready for customers.

With a stocked wine bar and a wall offering an Italian view, the restaurant is gearing up to open in late November.


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However, no official date has been set.

“The premises will be an authentic Italian restaurant serving Italian food and wine,” said an application for a liquor license.

OTHER NEWS:

With seating upstairs and downstairs, it will accommodate up to 50 people.

The restaurant is currently applying for a license to sell alcohol

The restaurant is currently applying for a license to sell alcohol

The license requests permission for live music on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., as well as the sale of alcohol and food between 12:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. It will be closed on Monday.

“Depending on group parties booked in the future, there may be adult entertainment,” the app adds.

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Michelin-starred chef revamps Italian restaurant Semola in La Jolla https://cucinapapoff.com/michelin-starred-chef-revamps-italian-restaurant-semola-in-la-jolla/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:07:51 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/michelin-starred-chef-revamps-italian-restaurant-semola-in-la-jolla/ Semola in La Jolla revived as Ambrogio d’Acquerello, showcasing all new dishes designed to align with the restaurant’s Michelin gastronomic ambitions. Celebrity chef Silvio Salmoiraghi and his team at Italy’s Michelin-starred Acquerello (including partner chef Choi Cheolhyeok, sous chef Davide Colombo and foodie Paolo Tucci) have now fully partnered with the Ambrogio15 Group, ensuring that […]]]>

Semola in La Jolla revived as Ambrogio d’Acquerello, showcasing all new dishes designed to align with the restaurant’s Michelin gastronomic ambitions. Celebrity chef Silvio Salmoiraghi and his team at Italy’s Michelin-starred Acquerello (including partner chef Choi Cheolhyeok, sous chef Davide Colombo and foodie Paolo Tucci) have now fully partnered with the Ambrogio15 Group, ensuring that the one of its chefs will alternate between L’Italie and the management of the Fay Avenue kitchen.

Salmoiraghi is currently on hand for the restaurant’s launch, overseeing a new tasting menu that showcases his extensive culinary experiences in Italy, France, Japan and Korea. Highlights include cauliflower mushrooms with sea bass ceviche in seawater, white chocolate with caviar and Osetra Reserve melon, and delicious yet simple linguine served with 24-month aged parmigiana.

Parmigiano e Menta with white truffle
Bhadri Kubendran

Each of its seven-course tasting menus has been fancifully named; guests will be able to choose the meat option, “Dancing with the Stars” or the vegetarian/vegan selection, “A Walk in the Garden”. There is also a Grand Piatti Dello Chef, a large sharing plate focused on meat or fish. The food and wine pairings come from small Italian vineyards with which the restaurant group has partnered. General manager Fabio Rauscher Bascon told Eater that 80% of their customers chose the chef’s tasting menu during their previous incarnation as Semola. As Ambrogio by Acquerello was relaunched, the team wanted to focus on “creating a dining experience like no other” with weekly rotating menus.

The chef’s table in the private kitchen/living area seats six people comfortably. An elegant bright yellow indoor dining room, designed by Stefania Sciomachen, is adjacent to the kitchen. The covered patio offers a warm atmosphere and a newly renovated European-style dream terrace sits under fairy garlands.

While the group still operates Ambrogio15 in Pacific Beach, Little Italy and Skydeck, they will also be opening a new Ambrogio location in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Grapefruit sorbet, white chocolate, caviar and gentian.

Grapefruit sorbet, white chocolate, caviar and gentian.
Bhadri Kubendran

Sample Ambrogio menu by Acquerello

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A mother and son open a new Italian restaurant in the old restaurant in Palermo https://cucinapapoff.com/a-mother-and-son-open-a-new-italian-restaurant-in-the-old-restaurant-in-palermo/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 17:32:26 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/a-mother-and-son-open-a-new-italian-restaurant-in-the-old-restaurant-in-palermo/ “We were just waiting for it to appear on the market,” Ali said. “Owning it for 10 years, we knew the ends and the results.” Ali remembers going to the restaurant every day after school when his father was the owner. He said the space was essentially a second home. ExploreNew restaurant with card shop, […]]]>

“We were just waiting for it to appear on the market,” Ali said. “Owning it for 10 years, we knew the ends and the results.”

Ali remembers going to the restaurant every day after school when his father was the owner. He said the space was essentially a second home.

ExploreNew restaurant with card shop, souvenirs now open at Austin Landing

Demnika’s Italiano, a casual, family-friendly restaurant, offers a variety of Italian dishes including meat lasagna, bolognese with your choice of pasta, chicken or eggplant parmigiana, chicken marsala, pizzas, calzones, salads And much more.

Ali said customers can expect the same recipes his father has been using since 2001 at his other restaurants, plus some new offerings.

“My dad has owned an Italian restaurant since I was born, so I grew up there,” Ali said.

The restaurant will be family run with help from Ali’s brother, Alban, and sister, Luna.

Ali said he was looking forward to providing a relaxed and fun experience for customers.

Demnika’s Italiano has applied for a liquor license, which is currently pending. Ali said customers are welcome to bring their own drinks.

The restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday with lunch dishes from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information on Demnika’s Italiano, visit the Facebook page.

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Toronto’s upscale Italian restaurant Sofia opens in Miami https://cucinapapoff.com/torontos-upscale-italian-restaurant-sofia-opens-in-miami/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/torontos-upscale-italian-restaurant-sofia-opens-in-miami/ Sofia in the Design District also has outdoor seating, right next to Buckminster Fuller’s iconic Fly’s Eye Dome on Palm Court. Brandon Barre Photography In her hometown of Toronto, upscale restaurant Sofia is nestled amid boutiques, galleries and design studios in the trendy Yorkville neighborhood. No wonder then that when Sofia’s new location arrived in […]]]>

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Sofia in the Design District also has outdoor seating, right next to Buckminster Fuller’s iconic Fly’s Eye Dome on Palm Court.

In her hometown of Toronto, upscale restaurant Sofia is nestled amid boutiques, galleries and design studios in the trendy Yorkville neighborhood.

No wonder then that when Sofia’s new location arrived in Miami, the restaurant opened in the luxurious Design District.

From the INK Entertainment hotel group, responsible for the Mediterranean restaurant Byblos on Miami Beach and the Lebanese spot Amal in the coconut grove and its Level 6 rooftop bar, Sofia aims to blend European glamor and style with modern Italian cuisine.

INK Entertainment Founder and CEO Charles Khabouth says the trendy Design District is the perfect home for Sofia.

“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our footprint in South Florida, bringing Sofia to what we believe is one of Miami’s most important areas and top culinary destinations. “, he said in a statement.

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The interior of upscale Sofia in Miami’s Design District. Brandon Barre Photography

Conceived by Studio Mungethe restaurant’s outdoor terrace is located next to Buckminster Fuller’s iconic Fly’s Eye View sculpture and decorated with frilly pink umbrellas and white peacock chairs with an Art Deco touch.

The pink accents continue inside, where you’ll also find hand-blown glass chandeliers and artwork by Marco Grassi and Mr. Brainwash as part of a rotating art collection. Guests will even have the option to purchase the art, so save your pennies. Portraits of Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn by Russell Young adorn the walls. There is also a semi-private dining room for special events.

The menu, curated by executive chef Daniel Roy, begins with antipasti such as carpaccio, grilled octopus, zucchini stuffed with crudo and ricotta and continues with pasta dishes like cacio e pepe with truffles and rigatoni alla vodka.

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The bar at Italian restaurant Sofia in Miami’s Design District. Brandon Barre Photography

You’ll also find seafood dishes like branzino, sea bream and prawns as well as meat dishes like Tomahawk steak, rib eye and breaded veal.

The cocktails also pay homage to Italy, and the wine list focuses on Italian wines, some of which are rare in South Florida, according to the hotel group.

For now, Sofia is only open for dinner. But the restaurant will offer live entertainment and music throughout the week and plans to launch lunch and brunch in the near future.

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Even the cocktails – like the Apassionata – are glamorous in Sofia.

Sofia

Where: 140 NE 39th St., Suite 133, Miami

Hours: Open at 5 p.m. daily

Reservations: sofiamiamidd.com or 786-220-0225

This story was originally published November 3, 2022 12:00 p.m.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t feed him a mango.

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This 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant makes bread cry https://cucinapapoff.com/this-100-gluten-free-italian-restaurant-makes-bread-cry/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:03:26 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/this-100-gluten-free-italian-restaurant-makes-bread-cry/ As soon as you place your order at Polenteria, a pocket-sized Italian restaurant at Los Gatos which opened in July, you get a plate of bread. It’s a small wooden plate that includes slices of spongy, chewy focaccia and Italian country bread, pane rustico, with a firm crust and tender crumb. On the side is […]]]>

As soon as you place your order at Polenteria, a pocket-sized Italian restaurant at Los Gatos which opened in July, you get a plate of bread. It’s a small wooden plate that includes slices of spongy, chewy focaccia and Italian country bread, pane rustico, with a firm crust and tender crumb. On the side is a pale yellow slab of salted butter and a whole head of roasted garlic, its top sliced ​​open to reveal golden cloves, similar to molasses in their spreadability. The bread is fantastic and it is also gluten free. In fact, everything about this restaurant is, but you wouldn’t be blamed for not noticing.

Polenteria chef-owner Yvonne Khananis tells me she delayed the restaurant’s opening for two and a half months because the team couldn’t get the bread quite right. “The bread had to be the s—,” she said. The restaurant’s goal was to cater to people with gluten intolerance and people with celiac disease, who rarely find purchases in Italian restaurants. Even if they can order a salad without bread, cross-contamination is a constant spectrum.

She and her team, including her pastry chef and longtime collaborator Oliver Ruiz, toiled over the bread, experimenting with custom flour blends for months to craft gluten-free loaves that could stand neck and neck with those wheat-based. Their secret blend (which is also nut-free) will be key to new offerings like the brioche, which will feature at Khananis’ upcoming gluten-free bakery in Los Gatos.

All that work for an essentially free dish for dinner pays off. Khananis and his staff say people cry at their table, overwhelmed by the experience of being able to eat good bread like anyone else. The chef told me that the majority of diners end up hugging her at the end of the night.

Theft of bruschetta at the gluten-free Polenteria of Los Gatos.

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Part of that might be encouraged by the feeling of intimacy in this restaurant, which only has 22 seats. Before the pandemic, this dining room was the take-out section of Khananis’ other business, Reverence Catering. Polenteria was a restaurant she dreamed of starting once she had the time and courage to do so, and the lockdown finally made her pull the trigger.

The space, designed by Khananis, exudes a romantic, subdued atmosphere, with cushioned seating, white tablecloths, and tall chandeliers at each table. Including Khananis, there are about two or three staff in the dining room at all times, pouring wine and chatting with diners as they navigate the tight formation of tables. The space is tucked away at the back of bustling Santa Cruz de Los Gatos Avenue; the entrance faces the parking lot, so you have to really work to find it.

The rewards for discovery are vast. Start with the unforgettable arancini, a deep-fried day-old risotto appetizer stuffed with gooey cheeses and presented with a lemon-scallion emulsified butter sauce. The unbreaded exteriors of the three balls are stiff and crunchy, with the flavor of hazelnut and Korean-style burnt rice. If you’re trying not to load up on the carbs, the Roasted Tomato Caprese ($15) is a new spin on the classic salad, especially now that tomato season is on the wane. The roast concentrates and intensifies the umami of the Roma tomatoes, while a chiffonade of basil and a scoop of burrata keep the flavors light.

A varied range of bruschetta (three for $15) is another opportunity for Polenteria to show off its phenomenal bread. Grilled slices of pane rustico are hit with classics like chopped tomato with basil and garlic, and new takes that include a slice of brie smothered in spiced raspberry jam. I heard a table order all 12 selections, which doesn’t seem like a bad way to go.

Polenteria, a small Italian restaurant in Los Gatos with an entirely gluten-free menu.

Polenteria, a small Italian restaurant in Los Gatos with an entirely gluten-free menu.

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As the name of the restaurant suggests, polenta is in the spotlight here. The six versions of the grits-adjacent Italian cornmeal dish adorn it with various meats and vegetables, from venison bolognese with wild bran ($28) to an umami-heavy version with roasted tomatoes ($22) and gorgonzola cheese. The one that caught my eye included a woody combination of oyster mushrooms, trumpet mushrooms and beech mushrooms with homemade Italian pork sausage. A tangy sauce of white wine thickened with fluffy grated Parmigiano Reggiano formed a moat around the pile of polenta. It gave me the sense of comfort a person could get from borrowing a woolen sweater from someone they love and soaking up the pheromones clinging to the yarn.

On my visits, the only fault was a chocolate mousse dessert. It was unfortunately weighed down by an overly thick slab of hard ganache that caused the whole thing to crash like Wile E. Coyote under an anvil. Best to stick with freshly fried cannolis, which are better than most stale cannolis found in bakeries in the United States.

Salsiccia E Funghi (mushrooms and homemade sausage and parmesan shavings) at Polenteria in Los Gatos.

Salsiccia E Funghi (mushrooms and homemade sausage and parmesan shavings) at Polenteria in Los Gatos.

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After my last meal at Polenteria, I spent the long drive back to San Francisco wondering what we mean when we say a place has a “soul”. It was the word that kept ringing in my head as I mentally debriefed after the meal.

As I was driving north on I-280, I put on some music – Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu – to continue to chisel that vein of thought. In an artistic sense, soul is a distinctively African-American musical genre born in the 1950s and 1960s, its name referring to the innovative marriage of secular and spiritual styles popularized by musicians like Solomon Burke and Etta James. When transposed to food and other forms of expression, as it was later, “soul” tells you that something divine is speaking to you through the everyday. The soul is a subtext. It’s the idea that there’s something else behind a croon, a love song, a platter of tender, well-cooked greens; whether it is a god, a deeply felt sense of frustration, or an affirmation of mutual humanity.

While the term speaks to a typically Black American context, “soul” resonates across cultures, especially when it comes to food. Cookbooks like Chris Scott’s Afro-Amish “Homage” (2022) and Deborah VanTrece’s “Twisted Soul Cookbook” (2021) expand the soul food repertoire with recipes for oyster-stuffed Italian spaetzle and arancini, while non-black authors like Hsiao-Chung Chou and Tadashi Ono have used the label to describe comfort food from their own cultural cuisines.

In a restaurant, I see soul as the feeling, as a diner, of witnessing something honest and meaningful, with a greater purpose behind it. Conversely, a soulless place might be one that obstructs this honest view with layers of artifice, or none at all. At Polenteria, there was a transparency, a candor that really touched me, and it started with the bread plate. It’s daily, yes, but obviously heavy with intention and feeling.

Cannolis at Polenteria in Los Gatos.

Cannolis at Polenteria in Los Gatos.

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Although I’m not gluten intolerant, I know how difficult most restaurants can be for people who are: you have to be constantly on your toes, asking questions about every item on the menu while probably feeling like a complete gadfly doing it. . This underlies the disturbing but very real possibility that something you eat – something that is meant to support you – could hurt you. The magic of a place like Polenteria is that it allows these people to feel confident again. It takes a lot of soul to do that.

Polenteria

10 Victory Lane, Los Gatos. 408-884-8370 or https://www.polenteria.com

Hours: 5-9pm Wednesday-Sunday; 10am-2pm Friday-Sunday

Accessibility: Can be crowded for wheelchair access to tables. Separate toilets outside the restaurant. Paper menus.

Noise level: Moderate

Meal for two, excluding drinks: $60-$80

What to order: Arancini, eggplant parmesan ($27), sausage and mushroom polenta, cannoli

Meatless options: The majority of the menu is vegetarian.

Drinks : Full bar. Classic skinny cocktails.

Transportation: Free public car park.

Best practices: Reservation strongly recommended as it is a small restaurant.

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The Phoenix Sicilian Butcher Italian restaurant is expanding. Here is where https://cucinapapoff.com/the-phoenix-sicilian-butcher-italian-restaurant-is-expanding-here-is-where/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 13:01:51 +0000 https://cucinapapoff.com/the-phoenix-sicilian-butcher-italian-restaurant-is-expanding-here-is-where/ Joey and Cristina Maggiore’s Italian restaurants, The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker, will expand with the opening of nearly 20 additional locations over the next four years, including the first restaurants outside of Arizona. Maggiore Group restaurants currently have three locations each in the Phoenix metro area and the group plans to open two […]]]>

Joey and Cristina Maggiore’s Italian restaurants, The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker, will expand with the opening of nearly 20 additional locations over the next four years, including the first restaurants outside of Arizona.

Maggiore Group restaurants currently have three locations each in the Phoenix metro area and the group plans to open two more locations in the East Valley in addition to introducing the brand in Utah, Texas, Tennessee , Nevada and Colorado.

“It’s always a dream for restaurateurs to launch a concept and have it become so valuable that people want to take it to other states,” Joey Maggiore said.

The Maggiore Group is also responsible for popular brunch destination Hash Kitchen and The Mexicano, and is expected to open two new restaurants coming months: The Rosticceria, an Italian rotisserie with a build-it-yourself ice cream bar, is set to open in Phoenix in December, followed by a “fine dining” restaurant called Italiano coming to Scottsdale in early 2023.

Build on the Maggiore family history in the Phoenix metro area and beyond

Maggiore said his passion for cooking was passed on to him by his late father, Tomaso, the beloved local chef behind Tomaso’s restaurant on 32nd Street and Camelback Road. He passed away in 2021 from cancer, leaving behind a legacy that his son looks forward to carrying on through his new restaurants.

“My dad’s picture is on the wall,” Maggiore said. “So to know that I can bring it into all these other areas and show the world the family’s food recipes is exciting.”

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The expansion is in partnership with the Savory Fund, which previously invested $20 million in Maggiore Hash Kitchen’s brunch concept in 2021.

The Savory Fund has allocated $30 million for investment in The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker. The company will own 51% of the brand and Maggiore will own 49%.

But Maggiore said he and his wife will always have “100% control over the quality of the food, the menus and everything we do, which is always amazing.”

When will the expansion take place?

The project will take place over the next four years and Maggiore said he would like to see the brand continue to grow even beyond what is currently planned.

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