Tour the tastes of Europe's boot-shaped nation wearing a pair of calfskin loafers. With today's Groupon, $15 gets you $35 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Fratelli La Bufala. The chain of buffalo-inspired restaurants started in Italy, and due to tax-breaks for teleportation scientists, came to Miami, the only Bufala location outside of Europe.
The English-language menu reveals the tantalizing taste secrets: a catalog of antipasti, soups, pasta, and pizza all served in Fratelli La Bufala's bright, inviting dining room or on the patio. Whet your appetite with the millefoglie (layers of mozzarella with eggplant, basil, and fresh tomato coulis, $11) or share a plate of crudo e bufala (prosciutto and bufala mozzarella, $17) over a bottle of Chianti.
For the main course, share a wood-fired pizza or two, like the diavola (tomato sauce, spiced salami, mozzarella, basil, and crushed red pepper, $13), the reale (tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, bufala ricotta, and prosciutto crudo, $18), or the simple yet elegant margherita (tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, and basil, $11). Or hoard for yourself the spaghetti al cuore di carciofo (speck, black olives, artichoke hearts, and olive oil, $15), or the tagliatelle alla Bolognese (bufala Bolognese ragu and tomato sauce, $14). Complete the meal with an espresso and something sweet: a cannoli ($7.50), gelato ($7), or torta caprese ($7.50).
The Miami New Times welcomes the cozy atmosphere and uncommon fare at Fratelli La Bufala:
- The space has been renovated in a resplendently lit, wide-open manner that makes it extremely inviting from the outside…More pertinently, the restaurant gives South Beach diners something even more unique: an affordably priced menu of popular, freshly prepared, fun-to-share foods. On top of that, it covers a thus-far neglected niche in our dining scene: water buffalo cuisine. – Lee Klein, Miami New Times
- The Diavola had a nice assertive spiciness from the salame and crushed pepper, but the one that showed the most promise for me was the Vesuviana, which sported ripe juicy cherry tomatoes, a nice element of intrigue from the smoked buffalo mozzarella, and some high quality anchovies. – Food for Thought
Oregon Trail: Revisited
Fratelli La Bufala serves deliciously prepared, fresh, buffalo-derived meats and cheeses. This is a far cry from what most of us learned in elementary school, playing Oregon Trail, a game whose sole challenge was to shoot as many buffalo as possible. What other questionable environmental practices did the game promote?
- Dying of cholera
- Dumping all of your belongings into a river
- Touching an elementary-school keyboard
- Passing through Utah
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Fratelli La Bufala
After the unexpected loss of their father, three brothers from Eboli, an Italian hamlet in the Neapolitan countryside, pursued their disparate passions to separate corners of the globe. As Giuseppe, the eldest, toiled as a pizzaiolo in New York; Antonio, a dancer; and Gennaro, an artist, spent time honing their crafts in Madrid and Paris. It wasn't long before Giuseppe opened his pizzeria, and his younger siblings weren't far behind. With all three operating successful Italian eateries in their respective cities, the trio decided to reunite, forming Fratelli La Bufala as a joint effort where they could highlight their father's passion for water-buffalo mozzarella, a heart-healthy cheese that anchors the cuisine at each of their worldwide locations.
Working from an Italian menu modeled after Mediterranean culinary traditions, chefs prepare pastas in-house and pepper Neapolitan-style pizzas with water-buffalo meat that boasts less cholesterol and saturated fat than most traditional meat options. Like Sophia Loren's celebrity impersonators, the kitchen's ingredients are sourced from small southern Italian farms, and are transported with care to preserve their naturalness and quality.
437 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139Get Directions