#MiamiSpiceMonday – Novecento

By Caitlin Marino

This week’s edition of #MiamiSpiceMonday brings MMTM to one of my favorite Miami establishments – Novecento. Known for its family-friendly environment, Novecento has maintained a great relationship with Miami locals and has expanded its South Florida presence to four locations over the past decade. The original Brickell location opened in 2004 and has been delighting patrons ever since with a charming ambiance both inside and outside on a quaint patio, tempting taste buds with exquisite Argentine, Mediterranean, and Pan-Latin flavored signature dishes.

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At Home Parillada with Alamos

This post is the first of its kind at MMTM headquarters. We want to venture outside our comfort zone of restaurant reviews and attempt a home cooked meal and the importance of the right wine to accompany said meal. Remember that time we introduced you to Tatiana Nessier, brand ambassador for Alamos Wines? We were smitten with Tatiana and intrigued by the Alamos wine portfolio, so a few weeks ago, I decided to have Mitch over for a quaint BBQ at my house while my Chilean husband grilled away to pair a perfect meal. My job was infinitely easier: ensure that all guests had their glasses fully quipped with Alamos Malbec, and make a decent attempt at playing the hostess with the mostess.

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Downtown Gets a Bit of Zest

I was once worked for a Caribbean company and fell in love with everything about the islands. The people, the hospitality, the beaches, and the food – everything is second to none near the Caribbean Sea. Many years ago, when working for said company, I went to a business meeting at Ortanique on the Mile and had the best pumpkin soup I’ve ever had in my life. After that encounter, in a restaurant that’s really stood the test of time (now in it’s 15th year,) I became a fan not only of Ortanique but also of Chef Cindy Hutson. Ortanique and its Caribbean-inspired cuisine has always held a special place in my heart. So when I heard Chef Hutson was venturing to open a second restaurant in Downtown Miami, my heart pitter pattered a little.

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Steak Brasil Booms in Downtown Miami

If you haven’t been to a Brazilian steakhouse in Miami we’ll let you in on the lowdown. The process is simple, pay an upfront fee per person (usually anywhere from $30 to $60, depending on the restaurant and meal options) and then you’re off to enjoy a gluttonous journey of unlimited amounts of food. You have options to explore at the salad bar, a myriad of servers will make their way to your table offering several cuts of meat, and then you’ll have a plethora of sides to go along with the monstrous amount of food already on your plate. Once you feel like you’re ready to roll out of the restaurant, you’ll venture to the dessert table because you’re too far in to call it quits, and quite frankly, what’s another 5 pounds at this point?

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