Trends, by definition, are here today and gone tomorrow. Still, some trends grow timeless, and morph into cultural staples. One such example is the emergence of the 21st century food hall, which is having a profound impact on Miami’s culinary scene. These eclectic collections of vendors and chefs are capably meeting the demands of the modern foodie by offering a huge variety of freshly-prepared gourmet food, often served in portions designed to encourage multiple purchases. These modern food halls also accommodate an increasing appreciation for casual and communal dining experiences.
2018 has already seen the opening of two of the most anticipated food halls in the country, and both are within a five-minute walk of Brickell Flatiron’s luxury Miami condos. Living within 3 blocks of two brand-new food halls, residents may find themselves spending some extra time at Brickell Flatiron’s fitness center!
The Italian food hall La Centrale is a shining example of open-concept dining, located on South Miami Avenue. At a massive 40,000 square feet, Miami may be the new marinara mecca. Here, you’ll find the Mercato, a market with high-end Italian goods that can elevate a weeknight meal to something extraordinary. Visitors will find specialty Italian salamis, house-made pasta, artisanal bread, and a wine shop full of hard-to-find bottles.
If you’d rather have someone else do the cooking, you’re in luck, because La Centrale houses several discrete sit-down restaurants, each with their own clearly-defined concept. On the first floor, there’s the more casual Caffe and Pizza e Pasta, where you can grab a pastry and espresso or a wood-fired pizza. On the second floor, you’ll find three restaurants that feel like distinctive siblings. Pesce focuses on fresh seafood and features a full crudo and bollicine bar. Stagionale, the more “vegetable-forward” of the three, has a menu that changes with the seasons. Just off Stagionale is Carne, which celebrates—you guessed it—meat. The atmosphere of each restaurant fits its theme: Carne feels warm and opulent, while Stagionale is full of natural light and greenery. Of course, don’t forget dessert. Head over to Gelateria by Venchi, which claims to be the most celebrated gelateria in all of Italy.
With the buzz surrounding La Centrale, we wouldn’t blame you if you overlooked the other brand-new Italian food hall in Miami. Casa Tua Cucina may be smaller at 18,000 square feet, but those who frequent Brickell City Centre aren’t paying too much attention. With 10 different stations, a sit-down restaurant, and a full bar, you may need to visit two or three times to try everything. There are all the Italian staples, like wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta, but you’ll also find fresh-pressed juice and oysters on the half shell. There’s plenty to take home to Brickell Flatiron, too, including house-made goodies from a curated food market and blooms from the flower market.
The modern food hall may be changing how people eat and socialize, but both of Miami’s newest arrivals focus on quality above all, which is ultimately all that matters when it comes to food. As such, La Centrale and Casa Tua Cucina are welcome additions to Brickell’s culinary scene, and Brickell Flatiron’s backyard.