Inspired by the menus of neighborhood eateries throughout Naples, the chefs at Fresco Miami combine the traditional and modern as they assemble refined dishes using high-quality ingredients. Pastas, pizzas, and grilled entrees are speckled with familiar flavors such as buffalo mozzarella and imported Italian prosciutto, as well as imaginative adornments such as Maine lobster and edible microchips. Adhering to his own time-tested recipes, Alfredo Forgione and his handpicked team of chefs also churn out oven-crisped Neapolitan pizzas.
Fresco Miami’s décor, much like its cuisine, effortlessly blends contemporary and time-honored styles. The wall art's vibrant reds and purples stand in contrast to the dining room's hues of black, white, and brushed nickel. Outdoors, patio seating allows diners to enjoy their meals as they keep an eye out for the return of their favorite cloud.
A man seizes a bottle of liquor by its neck, lifts it off its grooved feet, and hurls it into the air. Eyes forward, he catches it behind his back with his left hand as his right pours the first ingredient in a mixed drink. Off The Hookah's flair bartenders juggle flaming concoctions and fix classic cocktails inside a 14,000-square-foot restaurant with Moroccan décor and cushy beds and couches. After high-fiving the two pharaoh statues stationed by the door, guests can dig into tapas, sushi, and artfully arranged Mediterranean cuisine. Outdoor seating wraps around the entire main hall, providing plush couches from which to exhale hookah fumes and watch mariners tying up their boats or saddling their sharks at the marina. On the weekends, DJs spin Mediterranean, Latin, and American records, while belly dancers undulate around indoor and outdoor areas.
The Burgundy Room's kitchen serves up a mouthwatering menu of contemporary coastal cuisine in a hip open lounge. Kick off gastronomical journeys with crispy Serrano ham and gorgonzola croquettes served with poblano aioli ($6), great for sharing. Those that want to cool off mouths without chewing on an air conditioner can nosh a salad of chilled Key West pink shrimp, mingling in a party of roma tomatoes, feta, red onion, and diced apples, all running through a sprinkler of balsamic vinaigrette ($12). Alternatively, famished foodies can chow on esculent entrees, from a seafood linguini populated by lobster, scallops, shrimps and mussels in a white wine lemon sauce ($20), to the grilled filet mignon, bedecked by brandy-drunk mushrooms that stumble over onions and fall into herb-roasted red potato pillows ($24).
Dip your tongue into an ocean of tasty, crustaceous dishes at The Fish House, Miami's home for brilliantly prepared seafood. With today's deal, $10 gets you $20 worth of fishalisciousness served in The Fish House's relaxed, nautical dining room. If the salmon being served to you is raw and not on a plate, but is instead leaping upstream in an indoor trench, dug with merciless claws to redirect the course of a river: You are in a bear house. Leave as silently as possible, or failing that, try to make yourself look big.
At Rocco’s Pizza Lounge, a team of pizza Picassos hand-toss dough prepared with imported Caputo flour before painting it with fresh sauce, covering it in a broadcast of cheese and toppings, and sliding it into a wood oven blazing at 900 degrees for crispy, cooked-in flavor. Patrons can dive right into pie heaven with more than 20 gourmet pizzas to choose from, including the tirolese, which finesses senses with fresh mozzarella, san marzano tomatoes, speck, and arugula ($15), or the pizza ala vodka’s vodka-infused pink sauce blanketed by mozzarella, shallots, mushrooms, and prosciutto ($15). Diners can also indulge in fare less easily applicable to mathematics, such as pappardelle tossed with Rocco’s homemade bolognese meat sauce ($15). Rocco’s also accommodates miniature appetites with more than 20 Italian-style tapas, such as the calamari fritti ($9) or uova in purgatorio, poached eggs prepared in a spicy tomato sauce and a course on Dante ($8).
Ryan Martin likes to play with his food, not because he's bored with it, but because he's passionate about it. As the chef at 180? @ the DRB, he employs everything from blowtorches to liquid nitrogen, all in the name of gastronomy. Soon, he?ll be introducing a small-plates menu that utilizes molecular gastronomy in each dish. For now, try the chef's casual menu, which features some of his favorite ingredients and techniques.
Instead of searing food, the Anti-Griddle flash-freezes it instantly. The restaurant uses this tool for a mixed-green salad topped with candied peanut and frozen rice wine vinaigrette, which melts slowly atop the greens.
Every day, the chef and his staff craft ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen, which freezes bases instantly without using binders or additives.
?It?s one of the oldest techniques,? Ryan said. He even uses it to make garlic and onion powders for the eatery, evidence that he takes the term ?from scratch? very seriously.
Marrying two culinary favorites, candied bacon pops up in several dishes at 180? @ the DRB, including its grilled-cheese sandwiches and tuna tataki. The sweet and savory treat can even be ordered by the slice.