Owners Horacio Oliveria and Jennifer Porciello painstakingly plan every detail of their restaurant's decor, including the frescoes and dramatic arches, and their menu to give guests the impression that they've stumbled into a little corner of Italy. As musicians tap their feet on the hand-cut mosaic floors, servers float from table to table, delivering authentic Italian meals and housemade desserts.
Segafredo Brickell is a testament to the versatility of coffee. On weekend mornings, mugs of java steam alongside brunch plates of crab cakes and fried eggs. Come dinnertime, though, ristrettos and macchiatos mark a fitting punctuation to meals of pizza, chicken parmesan, and homemade pappardelle pasta with braised short ribs. And afterwards, specialty espresso drinks shift to fit the nightclub ambiance; coffee mingles with sambuca and mint cream in a Montecarlo, or with ice, sugar, and a liquor of your choice in custom Shakeratos, so named for the maracas in which they are mixed.
The adaptable espresso is but one signal of Segafredo Brickell's mutable nature. At once modern and classic, the café doesn't force its patrons to choose between a traditional Italian dinner and a dance party. The coffee bar shares the space with a standard bar, as well as with Spazio Nightclub, a boutique nightclub helmed by live DJs each evening.
Catharsis is as vibrant as its Calle Ocho neighborhood: whitewashed walls surround tables adorned with wild orchids and flickering candles, framing an inventive fusion of Latin and Italian cuisines. Grilled corvina and creative risotto dishes rank among the menu's star attractions, but the chefs might just as easily tickle palates with guava emulsions, cognac reductions, crunchy plantains, or tomato-mango pico de gallo. The dulcet sounds of Spanish musicians echo throughout Catharsis’s cavernous space, letting diners know when it's a good time to change into their Zorro costume.