After a trip to Mexico, brothers Jonathan and Yair Marcoshaner were inspired to create a company that makes fashionable furnishings and accessories from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps, newspapers and movie posters. The store Ecoist is the result of their hard, eclectic work. Located in Wynwood, the city’s art district, the brothers have been successful in collecting waste and turning it into eye-catching and stylish handbags, jewelry, belts, wallets and housewares. Since the development of their idea, the brothers believe that they have saved over 40 million wrappers from ending up in landfills, thanks to their supremely eco-chic designs.
The old ways continue to endure and enchant palates at Spris Artisan Pizza, backed by more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant business. Named after the refreshing aperitif famous throughout Italy's Veneto region, Spris Artisan Pizza draws inspiration from traditional Old World cooking at both of its locations, even going so far as to use imported Italian ingredients in several dishes. Their signature pizzas embody this commitment to tradition. Every gourmet pie begins as disk of regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free dough. From there, chefs top the thin-crust pies to please all palates with everything from the traditional margherita to grilled vegetables, prime quality cold cuts, and ground Italian sausage before sliding them into a blistering-hot, wood-fired brick oven to achieve the characteristic crispy thin crust. This dedication is also apparent in other menu items, from the paninis—available in pizza or ciabatta bread—to homemade pastas and signature salads.
Pizza Volante's meat-and-cheese disks are fired to Roman-style crispy perfection in a wood-burning oven. The signature Volante pie is a margherita, stacked with prosciutto di parma and sun-dried tomatoes ($16). Dissolve the sea's ionic bonds with a Sicilian-sea-salted circle (marinara, garlic, anchovies, Sicilian sea salt, $12) or touch multiple types of cheese on the Bianca, crafted with fontina, chenel goat cheese, arugula, thyme, local cow's milk mozzarella, and bufala milk mozzarella ($15). As a mozzarella bar, Volante champions the soft, milky ropes and curdles; choose a type of mozzarella to try (Burrata D.O.P costs $15, locally made cow's milk varieties cost $8) and accompany it with zucchini salad, Florida tomatoes, olives, capers, organic arugula, and more. Salads, sandwiches, paninis, and a weekly changing selection of pasta (try gnocchi Bolognese for $12 on Sundays) round out Pizza Volante's menu into a melty cheese wheel rolling down a marinara hill and leaving rich cheese deposits in its wake.
Since 1969, Mario the Baker has regaled customers with the rich tastes of vodka sauce, baked eggplant, capicola subs, and cheesy pizzas. Since its inception, the restaurant has grown from a single storefront to a 14-location local fiefdom, built upon a foundation of crafting consistently delicious casual Italian cuisine, thin-crust New York–style pizzas, and traditional pasta dishes. Piping-hot garlic rolls accompany plates of shrimp scampi or chicken francese, and margherita pizzas and pineapple-topped hawaiian pies enliven celebrations of majestic T-ball-league triumphs and inconsequential T-ball-league defeats.
Salumeria 104 was created to provide south Florida residents with a unique restaurant experience that combines the Italian trattoria and salumi shop. Salumi shops, often found in northern Italy, sell delicious cured meats such as Tuscan Finocchiona salami, prosciutto di parma, pecorino toscano, gnocco fritto, and many others. In addition, they serve up many other delicious and authentic Italian favorites like cavatelli with freshly made ricotta cheese, and cannellone del salumiere. The entrée menu includes many exotic dishes freshly prepared using the best ingredients. Diners will enjoy Salcicce, which is a grilled sausage and roasted potato dish and polipo which consists of grilled octopus. For those looking for a more traditional dinner, they also serve grilled rib-eye steak and breaded lamb chops. Side dishes include polenta, roasted potatoes, broccolini, mushrooms and a few others. Salumeria 104 has an extensive wine list of medium to high priced reds and whites.