LUX Pizza might be in Miami, but the pizza chefs follow the lead of artisan Italian pizza makers. That means all pizzas come in one size, available for lunch or diner. Housemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella are the beginnings of most of the specialty pies here, which include a traditional margherita or prosciutto as well as some inventive creations. Along with pizzas, the eatery offers paninis, calzones, stromboli, salads, and Nutella-inspired homemade desserts.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
Full Bodied Wine & Spa soothes stressed-out oenophiles with lavish, natural, grape-based massage treatments and complimentary wine tastings. Ideal for body-rub neophytes, the chardonnay massage tames tension with Swedish-massage techniques enhanced with grapeseed oil heated 3–4 degrees above body temperature—the optimal temperature of Hot Pockets served to foreign dignitaries. The champagne massage calms frazzled nerves with sparkling-fruit aromatherapy and kneads away chronic pain with medium-pressure strokes. Clients who opt for the cabernet massage treat the senses to an aromatic burst of full-bodied grapes and berries and deep-pressure techniques that promote healing and prevent sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and ultimate frisbee toe.
Beautiful waitresses clad in plaid mini kilts crisscross Tilted Kilt, hoisting trays of Celtic-themed pub fare as sports fans catch games on high-definition TVs. Almost a decade old, the Tilted Kilt franchise originated in Las Vegas, where restaurateur Mark DiMartino first conceived of a sports bar with Irish touches—an idea that has since spread across the country. Patrons can stay out late at the pub, spending the night sipping on beers while sampling burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, or shepherd’s pie filled with beef and veggies. On a weekly basis, musicians enliven the already party-like atmosphere, strumming tunes or throwing up fistfuls of counterfeit money on the eatery’s patio.
Born to a large family in Kingston, Jamaica and named "family cook" at a young age, it's no surprise that Judith Able feels perfectly at home in the kitchen. She grew up making the most of easy access to fresh fish and farm-grown produce, and multiple degrees in culinary services only honed that passion for well-made food. Available for catering, in-home meals, or black-tie food fights, her menus boast elegant delights such as caramelized brie tartlets, garlic and herb encrusted snapper, and pan-seared duck breast with grilled polenta.