Though Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon never did find the fabled fountain of youth, he did stumble across a much more useful fabled tree of pizza. Experience the regenerative properties of oven-baked, disc-shaped breads with today’s Groupon: $12 gets you $25 worth of food and drink at Ecco PizzaTeca & Lounge downtown. This Groupon is valid anytime, but redeem it between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and receive a complimentary cocktail.
Ecco introduces itself with menus for a delectable Italian-style lunch, dinner, or wild pizza spree. Antipastis such as the chilled octopi and potati of Ecco’s polipo e patate ($10), salad-accompanied bruschetta ($7), or bread-crumb-crusted calamari skewers ($10) carouse happily on tongues before sliding delightfully past uvulas. Guests should be mindful of the lobster ravioli ($16) and the melanzane parmigiana ($14), which often attempt to storm uninvited into mouths that are already enjoying zestily diverse pizzas. These pizzas’ doughy décors compete with each other in the form of sausaged and mushroomed boscaiolas ($12), margheritas ($10) with basil and mozzarella, and vegetarianas ($12) annexed by armies of lusty legumes. Between oversized bites, gullets can be cleared with bottled sodas ($2), coffees and teas ($1.50–$3), or a selection from the wine list.
Because the fickle pizza is known to take on different flavors to match the atmosphere in which it is consumed, Ecco created a precise ambience featuring televisions, chandeliers, and a red-accented molded steel bar to ensure the highest quality of pizza ingurgitation. Chandeliers willingly suspend themselves above a semicircled bar in order to guard against high-speed rays of WiFi, which occasionally wander over from the café area and filch cocktails from satisfied customers’ compotations.
Haute Living names Ecco PizzaTeca & Lounge one of the 5 Places to Power Lunch in Miami:
- Located in the up-and-coming downtown area of Miami, Ecco is a fresh and authentic Italian restaurant and lounge that serves an array of gourmet style and organic pizzas in a unique ambience. – Alison Agudo, Haute Living
NBC Miami says:
- Going to the same places all time can not only get boring, but becoming a "regular" somewhere isn't always a good thing. To change things up a little, check out Miami's Ecco Lounge. – Stacey Russell, NBC Miami
- great food, great drinks good atmosphere. Go downtown! – twolf, Urbanspoon
- [E]cco's food is simply AMAZING! The space and ambience are laid back yet chic, wide open yet cozy. The cafe area is the perfect place for enjoying friends and food in plush high-backed chairs, hip people and great service. – megan, Urbanspoon
168 SE 1st St.
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