Toronto’s 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.

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.


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

Hours: Open at 5 p.m. daily

Reservations: 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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