The chefs at Empire Lounge & Pizzeria toss dough into thin, circular canvases before slathering them in red or white sauce, topping them with handfuls of mozzarella cheese, and crowning them with vegetables and meats. Red and white sauces also make an appearance on pasta dishes such as spaghetti and lasagna. Along with classic Italian eats, Empire Lounge also serves up a selection of Mediterranean items including fried lamb and marinated chicken kebabs.
Pastazzi's culinary crackerjacks curate a menu replete with homemade twists on traditional Italian cuisine for noshers on the go. Diners design their own edible masterpieces from many possible combinations of handcrafted pastas and fresh sauces such as penne with bolognesa, cheese ravioli with pomodoro, and gnocchi with creamy alfredo ($7.85–$10.50). Flex jaw muscles like a contestant in the world’s-strongest-jaw competition before decimating the roasted eggplant lasagna ($8.95), or the salami and manchego-cheese panini ($8.25). Mollify insurgent sweet teeth with sugary selections such as the berry tartlet ($4.95) and tiramisu, the traditional italian cake made from lady fingers and espresso whose name translates as "tiramisu" ($4.50).
After naming ROK:BRGR the best burger joint in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in 2011, the New Times Broward-Palm Beach repeated the honor in 2012. "If you take apart" one of the restaurant's 17 handcrafted burgers, the paper claimed, and "dissect it into its basic components, you'll figure out why ROK:BRGR deserves this award."
Said components are all local and farm-to-table, from artisan cheese to certified Angus beef. To crown his beef patties, Chef Robbyns Martinez uses everything from chorizo and red-onion marmalade to cave-aged gruyère, which is harvested by spelunking cows. Besides beef, ROK:BRGR's specialties include a free-range turkey burger topped with baby arugula and an ahi-tuna burger drizzled with wasabi mayo.
Innovative twists on comfort food round out the menu, from lobster corn dogs to bacon-infused Kobe meatloaf. Bacon reappears on ROK:BRGR's roster of handmade cocktails, which includes an updated old fashioned made with bacon-infused Maker's Mark. Along with cocktails, more than 65 domestic craft beers can accompany meals.
Town Kitchen & Bar's Executive Chef Michael Altman earned his whites in New York City, working under renowned restaurateur Charlie Palmer. When Altman moved to Miami in 2005, he brought with him a flair for crowd-pleasing American cuisine that can be seen in his menu of brick-oven pizzas, Black Angus burgers, and shareable bar nibbles. Classic egg and pancake breakfasts fill bellies on the weekends and come accompanied by mimosa and bloody mary specials. Town?s decor blends the industrial with the sleek, mixing exposed ductwork and high ceilings with leather booths and pendant lights. The bar stays hopping seven days a week, offering a daily happy hour that lasts three hours, as well as ladies?-night promotions. As they listen to a DJ?s tunes, revelers can sip microbrews, specialty shots, and signature cocktails such as the Spring Samba?Veev a?ai and St.-Germain elderflower liqueurs with agave nectar, lemon, and cucumber. The bar discounts many bottles from its nearly 500-strong list of domestic and imported wines throughout the week; it won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012.
Big Cheese Pizza of Miami offers more than just an everyday pizzeria experience to its guests. Featuring pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and calzones, Big Cheese dishes up hearty Italian-inspired meals to hungry patrons seven days a week. You can also order party platters to bring the big taste of Big Cheese to your next big gathering. Try a custom pizza made fresh to order, or sample the stuffed spinach shells that explode with flavor. If you have room for dessert, try the cannoli for a taste of the old country right in the heart of Miami. Big Cheese has a great kids' menu, too, so bring the whole family and enjoy a meal everyone is sure to love.
Mr. Pasta makes sure bellies stay full at birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events throughout the Miami-area. The company dispatches its staff to local gatherings and sophisticated food fights to set up spreads that include classic Italian starters, salads, sides, and, of course, pastas. With more than a dozen different dishes and pasta preparations on the menu, Mr. Pasta makes diversity a priority—the selection includes everything from chicken cacciatore to fettucini tossed in a pesto and sun-dried tomato cream sauce. The presentation of their dishes is a priority, too, with staffers going the extra mile to assemble spreads in a manner appetizing to the eyes as well.