New Miami Restaurants a Draw for Luxury Travellers

Some Hot New Eateries to Spice Up Your Luxury Villa Rental Vacation in Miami

1500°

Housed in a historic building on Collins Avenue the new 1500° restaurant is a result of a $220 million renovation of the property that houses it.  Built in 1956 this structure was designed by the great Morris Lapidus, an original purveyor of Miami Beach style and design, and has now had new life breathed into it with the extensive renovations and the opening of the hotly anticipated 1500° this month. According to the restaurant’s website their firm belief is that “no dish can be better than its ingredients.” With that thought in mind Chef Paula DaSilva has prepared a seasonal menu made up of largely fresh and local ingredients with a decidedly steakhouse bent. Not only has the ownership here brought in DaSilva, a chef with more than 10 years of experience at Miami’s 3030 Ocean restaurant among others (she was also a finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen), but also the experienced restaurateur Seth Greenberg who is tasked with collaborating with DaSilva to make 1500° the place a well-heeled gourmand will want to frequent whether they live in Miami or are staying on in a luxury villa rental. “Our goal is to appeal to visitors and locals alike,” Chef DaSilva states. “Whether you’re a foodie tourist on a culinary exploration of Miami’s best restaurants, or a local looking for an exquisite meal in a gorgeous setting, 1500° will fit the bill.”

Enjoy dinner in the dining room, which seats 160, or by the poolside patio where you can choose from current dishes such as steaks broiled at 1500° (naturally), over 10 carefully created a la carte side dishes like Duck Fat-Fried Steak Frites, a raw bar and small tapas-style plates great for tasting and sharing (think Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Teriyaki Beef Skewers). The dessert menu is still under construction and is currently being overseen by pastry chef Jenny Rissone with input from the Brazilian-born DaSilva. While the food feels luxe the 10,000 square foot restaurant is meant to be comfortable, too. From the butcher block harvest table laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to the giant chalkboard on which you’ll find scrawled the daily specials the feel is on-the-farm laid back. If you’re looking to host a dinner there are two private dining areas as well as a private terrace that seats 12 and affords an insider’s glimpse into the kitchen through soundproof glass. 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach – 1500degreesmiami.com

Cecconi’s at SoHo House

The SoHo House expansion (or world domination) project continues with the private club’s newest outpost in hip, chic Miami. For those who have visited SoHo locations in places like London and New York you know that the club’s restaurant, Cecconi’s, is one of the best parts of the experience. Now those living in or renting luxury villas in Miami will be able to enjoy the cuisine from executive chef Sergio Sigala’s menu whether you decide to become a club member or not. Sigala is a native of Norther Italy, which is reflected on Cecconi’s menu, largely influenced by Venetian cuisine. The chef is known in Miami for a ten year run at Casa Tua as well as famed restaurants like Ristorante Villa Fiordaliso and Al Bersagliere in Goito and Lake Garda, Italy, respectively.

Miami’s Cecconi certainly has the Sigala spin in comparison to the restaurant’s other SoHo House versions, and after the October grand opening you too can now see that for yourself. From Kobe Beef Tartare with Truffle and Pecorino to Veal Ossobuco with Gremolata and Red Onion and Fresh Tomato Pizza there’s something for everyone including the steak and wine lovers (there is an extensive selection of both prime steaks and wine list over 230 bottles long). You can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here as well as cicchetti (an Italian version of small tapas-style plates) in the garden dining room or enjoy a drink at the bar while people watching. Because, surely, this 150-seat restaurant is one of the places where people will head to see and be seen in Miami this fall and winter. 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

DeRodriguez Ocean

Smoked Marlin Taco at Ocean

If you’re a seafood lover then you won’t want to miss this new restaurant during your luxury villa rental vacation. The chef is known for his “Nuevo Latino” cuisine, which at Ocean will be paired with delicious, sustainable seafood ingredients. Items currently found on the menu include Valenciana with mussels, shrimp, calamari, lobster, chicken, clams and chorizo as well as Corvina Ceviche with pomelo and mint. As well as the food Ocean also boasts a gorgeous terrace complete with sparkling pool and a 25-foot raw bar. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

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