By Mitchell Nover
One of the (many) reasons I love the Miami Spice program is that it gives Miami foodies permission to step out of their comfort zones and experience restaurants that they might not visit on a regular basis. Once you break down the wall of price obstacles, suddenly other taboos fall by the wayside as well. Such is the case with my recent trip to Villa Azur (309 23rd St, Miami Beach). The chic French-Mediterranean restaurant and lounge is a place where people go to see and be seen, and that, in general, is not my regular scene. However, emboldened by my new Spice season sensibilities, I decided to give Villa Azur a shot, even if only for the people-watching.
We are pretty democratic at MMTM headquarters. We often like to share hole-in-the-wall wonders, but it’s only fair that we also highlight the luxe spots that really help put Miami on the map to foreigners. With that said, today we share our experience of Seaspice – a quintessentially Miami dining experience. Next to the Miami River, this restaurant offers an insight into what gives Miami its glitz and glam while managing to steal foodie hearts everywhere with its unassuming charm and out of this world menu.
When partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes decided to open up Pinch Miami, it would turn out to be a place in which the synchronization of working together for more than 10 years (Casa Tua and Pubbelley among some their gigs) would come to fruition. Their new American eatery located on Biscayne Boulevard, near one of our favorite hidden neighborhoods, El Portal, is the perfect addition to this up-and-coming area and a reflection of their magic as partners. The small, cozy spot has enough charm to swoon any cynic over and the food is equally as appealing.