From Our Editors
Paolo Desole is no stranger to Italian cooking. Though he grew up in Switzerland, he learned to cook from his Sardinian mother, and sponged up all her culinary secrets. He went on to a successful career as a currency trader, but when he moved with his family to Miami, he decided to finally pursue his dream of opening a restaurant.
At Desole Metro Pizza Bar, he serves up classic Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting. Modern metal light fixtures hang from the ceiling, casting a honey glow on textured brick walls. Diners can sit at white-tableclothed tables in the light of the large front windows, or venture further into the restaurant for a view of the stone oven. There, trained chefs transform fresh dough, cheese, and tomatoes into hearty, traditional-style pies. But some of the toppings skew more modern, such as the combo of walnuts, gorgonzola, and bacon. The restaurant also features salads, steaks, and seafood beyond its pizza offerings, and the polished wood wine cabinets are a welcome sight to enophiles.