Chef’s Corner — Vincenzo Scarmiglia

Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia —
Executive Chef,
La Centrale

La Centrale, Miami’s very first Italian food hall set to open soon in Brickell City Centre, recently announced Vincenzo Scarmiglia as Executive Chef. Scarmiglia will bring over 30 years of culinary experience to the three-story, 40,000 square-foot food hall that anchors the retail, dining and entrainment center. Born in a small town off the coast of Tuscany and nominated as one of the best Italian chefs in Las Vegas, Scarmiglia delivers a balance of authentic Italian cuisine with fast-paced excitement and variety. Scarmiglia has been a force in the kitchen, taking numerous Las Vegas culinary concepts to critical acclaim, such as the former Valentino at the Venetian Hotel, GIADA’s Restaurant at The Cromwell, Sirio Ristorante at Aria, FiAMMA Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand and the Osteria Del Circo at the Bellagio Resort and Casino, among others. Scarmiglia has also been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York, a guest chef for the Grammy Awards, and has received multiple awards for his management of GIADA’s Restaurant at the Cromwell.

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The Chef’s Tasting Menu at Macchialina is Pure Italian Magic

By Mitchell Nover

Macchialina (820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach) is a true South Beach success story. Holding its own for years now in a light traffic area of Alton Road (well, light foot traffic anyway), the restaurant is the kind of place you’d expect to stumble into walking the streets of New York. It’s small and intimate, dark and stylish. The decor gives off vibes of a cozy hole-in-the-wall type of spot that reads more neighborhood Italian joint than trendy trattoria.

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An Italian Brunch Feast at Forte dei Marmi

By Caitlin Marino

As if I haven’t expressed it enough, I have the biggest obsession with Italian cuisine, so when MMTM got the invite to visit Forte dei Marmi, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to check it out! Throughout my journey of veganism, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to never compromise on high-quality, organic, and fresh products (regardless of whether the meal is vegan or not.) Forte dei Marmi (150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) specializes in just that – incomparable fresh ingredients – which, in part, has earned acclaimed chef Antonio Mellino two Michelin stars. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the jaw-dropping décor designed to recreate the vibes of an elegant resort in a seaside Italian city. Impressed would be an understatement and we had only just step foot in.

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Taking the Via Emilia 9 Route

By Melanie Galarce

Via Emilia 9 Ristorante Italiano (1120 15th St, Miami Beach) is a charming Italian restaurant on South Beach that offers authentic regional cuisine – all ingredients are imported from Italy with the exception of fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs. This modern, yet rustic and charming place has received notoriety from some of our faves like Anthony Bourdain who said, “the pasta at Via Emilia is much, much better than good.” It’s that kind of testimony that goes a far way in our little foodie book and gets us excited about our growing foodie community in Miami.

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Just Jack’s

By Mitchell Nover

Jack’s Miami (2426 NE 2nd Avenue) is a new homestyle Italian restaurant…and not just because it’s in a refurbished house. Inspired by traditional Sunday dinners, Jack’s features home style Italian cooking and a throwback to that classic “red sauce” style of Italian-American cuisine that has been replaced by more modern interpretations in recent years.

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OCIO Italian Restaurant is Full of Surprises

By Mitchell Nover

I’ve recently been asked by a lot of different people what my favorite Italian restaurant in Miami is, a question I’ve struggled to find a decent answer to. Maybe it’s all the great variations on Latin food that we enjoy, but some other cultural cuisines (like Italian or Chinese) just aren’t as good as those that can be found in other cities around the country. We either get uber fancy and expensive or a little too cheap and kinda gross. Anyway, when recently visiting the newly-opened OCIO, I wasn’t exactly expecting to find an answer to the “favorite Italian restaurant” question.

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Bocce Takes Miami Tastebuds on a Tour of Italy

I’ve never been to Italy. I’ve always wanted to go, but for years my European wanderlust has always landed me in Spain. Have I mentioned I love Spain? I can almost hear you all groaning. Alright, alright, back to Italy. Any foodie worth his salt has undoubtedly dreamt of eating their way up and down the country and I am no different. While the rest of my body waits to make its way over to the land of pizza and pasta, at least my tastebuds can get a “Tour of Italy” at Midtown’s Bocce Ristorante.

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