Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $15, you get $35 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Fratelli La Bufala in South Beach.
Fratelli La Bufala's extensive catalogue of antipasti, soups, pasta, and pizza tempts patrons with tantalizing taste secrets. As you settle in to Fratelli's bright, inviting dining room, whet your appetite with the il pignatiello (smoked prosciutto wrapped around bufala cacio cheese and baked with honey and walnuts, $15), or split a platter of classic bruschetta with friends ($7) over a bottle of Chianti out on the patio. For the main course, Fratelli offers wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, such as the diavola (tomato sauce, spiced salami, bufala mozzarella, basil, and crushed red pepper, $13) and the simple yet elegant white-sauced amalfitana (smoked bufala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and basil, 16). The thinly sliced and sautéed bufala steak of a plate of straccetti, served with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella on a bed of arugula ($19), provides off-the-grill flavors. Top off your taste buds with something sweet, such as a cannoli ($7.50), gelato ($7), or torta caprese ($7.50).
Fratelli La Bufala's more than 80 locations are devoted to genuine, healthy cooking, creating dishes from natural ingredients sourced from small nearby farms. The chain of buffalo-inspired restaurants started in Italy, but due to tax-breaks for teleportation scientists, came to Miami, the only Bufala location outside of Europe.
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
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 S
Miami Beach, Florida 33139Get Directions