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Food Hall Spotlight in Miami 2019

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In the past year, food halls have spread like fire across Miami and shows no sign of stopping.  Whenever South Florida embraces a trend, it goes all the way. And when the food market craze came knocking, the Sunshine State answered back with bravado. 

Among the newly opened are, The Citadel and La Central: 

 

The Citadel - 8300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

 

Little River’s souped-up version of the food hall concept delivers more than tasty eats. The Citadel is 62,000 square foot foodhall with a fortified stronghold for culture and community.  Inspired by the great public gathering spaces around the world, The Citadel is a daily destination offering 15 restaurants with local artisanal foods, a 5,000 square foot rooftop bar, Vue, that creates handcrafted cocktails, and a 5,000 square foot finery with maker driven retail including 16 art-and-crafts vendors, ranging from high-end sunglasses to holistic remedies to soap.  The Citadel is a culturally immersive experiences unlike anything Miami has ever seen before. This is where creativity, craftsmanship, and community all share a seat at the table.

 

What to eat and drink at the Citadel? There’s a lot, so don’t bother trying to conquer it all with 15 restaurant options. Here are a few to note: 

 

Palmar: An outpost of the modern Chinese restaurant from chef Raymond Li, whose Wynwood flagship in 2018 was named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best American restaurants.

Il Nuts: A purveyor of roasted Israeli nuts, seeds and snacks.

Meet ‘n cheese: A charcuterie vendor selling imported cheese, wine, Italian salami and charcuterie boards from Mauro Bortignon.

33 Kitchen: The late Peruvian restaurant in Coconut Grove gets a revival by husband-and-wife duo Leslie Ames and chef Sebastian Fernandez.

Bachour: Pastry chef Anthony Bachour offers his pastries and gourmet chocolates at this bakery.

Palma Juice Co.: A grab-and-go juice café, which also features seasonal juices, soups and salads.

Taquiza: A Mexican taqueria from chef Steve Santana featuring tacos and other street fare.

Vice City Bean: A second location of the Miami neighborhood coffee bar.

Bianco Gelato: The fifth location of Federico and Carla DiFranco’s Italian gelato shop.

Ash! Pizza Parlor: A wood-fired Neapolitan pizza restaurant, from the owners of Stanzione 87 in Brickell, uses ingredients imported from Italy.

 

La Centrale - 601 S Miami Ave Suite 181-C, Miami, FL 33131

 

Miami’s own italian food hall, a 40,000-square-foot food hall in Brickell City Centre of bars, restaurants, cafes, and market space, might be the area's most massive experiment in eating, and a one-stop shop for Italian goodies. There are seven food stalls, five sit-down restaurants, three bars, one gelato shop, a wine cellar (which, oddly, is on the top floor), and a cooking studio. Patrons can grab and go at the mercato, sip a wine flight at the enoteca, or sit down for a bite at the meat, fish, or vegetarian restaurant. Whatever the spread looks like, a dolce from the gelateria is pretty much required.

 

What to eat and drink at LaCentral? On the first floor there are two sit-down eateries: 

Caffè- an all-day bistro limited to brunch items such as a meaty Benedict or a Nutella-filled Italian doughnut.

Pizza e Pasta- Great for the whole family. Enjoy fresh pastas and authentic wood-fired pizzas in a fun, casual setting. Or, stop by to purchase fresh pasta to cook your favorite Italian recipes at home. 

Mercado- A vibrant market experience where you can browse and enjoy six quick service counters and Italian products; pickup salads, pastries, espresso, meats, cheeses, and other Italian specialties.

 

Travel to the second floor if you're willing to pay a little more with three upscale restaurants that range from seafood to vegan and a surrounding bar in the middle. 

Aperitivo- serves up classic and signature cocktails such as a straightforward Negroni or a fizzy Aperol spritz, along with a variety of delicious small plates like the tagliere board, which brings a selection of imported Italian cheeses, salumi, pickles, and olives.  

Stagionale- Enjoy light, fresh, inspired seasonal dining featuring an Italian vegetable forward, plant-based menu, with a strong Miami influence. 

Carne- Tuscan-inspired carne restaurant inspired by the rustic décor of Chianti, Carne is a true Italian Macelleria with the best cuts of meats cooked in a traditional wood-fired grill. 

Pesce- Fresh, expertly prepared seafood using the best of the coastal Italian recipes and techniques. Also includes a full crudo and bollicine bar and a retail counter where you can purchase the day’s catch to cook at home.

Gelato & Chocolates Shop- Enjoy a cup or a cone of indulgently rich, refreshingly cool gelateria from Venchi, Italy’s most celebrated gelateria. Also includes a full chocolate counter with a wide variety of imported chocolates. 

 

On the third floor Vino lovers will find heaven on the third floor with a Tuscan-inspired wine bar and a huge wine shop Wine & Spirits featuring 4,000 bottles and premium private collection in our wine shop and wine vault. Also selling Italian spirits, gift sets and decanters.

 

La Central also La Cucina by Viking, their multipurpose demonstration kitchen cooking studio is designed to inspire culinary creativity. Learn the secrets of great Italian cooking through fun, hands-on experiences with their master chefs. At La Cucina, you will have the chance to learn in an educational kitchen space designed by Viking. You can also host an event which is ideal for team building sessions or private group celebrations.

 

And there’s more… now through Labor Day, La Centrale has opened a pop up Capri Inspired Rose Garden. Inspired by the Isle of Capri’s oceanfront cliff side gardens, the rosé garden popup is your spot to sip on your favorite cocktails under the shade of cascading bougainvillea flowers. Enjoy $25 endless rosé, pink desserts, oysters, frosé, and rosé cocktails.