Sure, Mary Brickell Village has got Chinese, Mexican, and Japanse fusion but what about pizza? Adding to downtown's burgeoning culinary mecca is Blu Pizza e Cucina, a gourmet pizza and Italian restaurant that offers belly-filling fare to Mary Brickell Village devotees. 900 S. Miami Ave. 305. 381.8335.
During May, Lincoln Road's Raphael restaurant is running a buy one, get one promotion on pasta dishes. Selections include truffle ravioli, black truffle and ricotta cheese in a light creamy sauce ($23) and gnocchi 4 formaggio served in a four cheese sauce ($13).
North Beach's new Ariston has added lunch service. The wood burning oven is up and running and Peinirli (Greek Style Pizzas)are available for lunch and dinner. Also available Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., is a three-course menu is priced at $22.95 per person and includes a glass of house red or white wine. Additionally, ladies drink free from selection of house wines and cocktails from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with dips and small bar bites served at the bar and kids eat free on Sundays with purchase of adult entrees.
Abokado Sushi has introduced Abokado Social happy hour daily from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Happier than an Hour (due to its daily three-hour time span)includes $3 draught beer; house martini’s and mojitos at $6 and wine by the glass at $6. A special bar menu including 5 rolls; edamame; individual Abokado nachos and Kushiage Cheese (panko-crusted queso blanco on skewers) is available for $5 to $7.