Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cecconi's, Miami Beach

Is it wildly expensive? Yes, it can be.
Will a formally-dressed waiter serve you tuna tartar (mixed with chili and mint) tableside? Yep.
Will you run into Rod Stewart or Marc Jacobs having lunch? Probably.
Is the goat cheese and black truffle pizza worth $40? No. But it's tasty.

Burrata mozzarella and truffles are peppered throughout the menu as are rich bowls of Maine lobster spaghetti. The entire restaurant is outdoors, (there’s a retractable roof in case it rains) allowing for easy dinners under the stars, surrounded by salty ocean breezes.
Sergio Sigala, the former chef of Casa Tua is in the kitchen, and while his food is overwhelmingly straightforward, he does a fine job toiling away in the kitchen feeding the priveleged and pretty.
It's a lazy kind of place. Everyone there always seems to be able to spend two hours on lunch. And even though it's at the Soho House the restaurant is open to non-members, and it’s got a relaxed elegance, meaning it’s not too stuffy for lunch time meetings with clients over thin-crusted pizzas topped with prosciutto and arugula. And it’s still classy enough for a romantic date spent sipping Barolos under mason jar lanterns that hang from wood beams.

At the Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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