Donatella Arpaia Opens Noma Seashore by Redfish in Miami


Redfish, the waterfront restaurant situated inside Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables, has at all times been a spot stunning sufficient for anniversary dinners, birthdays, and even proposals. In 2017, the restaurant suffered in depth harm from Hurricane Irma and remained closed for a number of years till chef Adrianne Calvo reopened it in 2019.

Now, the restaurant will get a brand new lease on life when Donatella Arpaia opens Noma Seashore at Redfish in mid-November.

Arpaia, a celeb chef recognized for her meatballs, relocated to Pinecrest from New York Metropolis in 2018. For the previous few years, Arpaia has been busy elevating her three young children and navigating the pandemic along with her husband, a coronary heart surgeon. Arpaia says that these years allowed her to study Miami. “It was a giant transfer on the time. I used to be such a diehard New York woman, however I really feel like a real Miamian now,” she says.

Arpaia wished to get again into the hospitality business however had sure stipulations. “For me, it must be one thing near my home as a result of site visitors is a nightmare. And it needed to be one thing that conjures up me,” she shares.

Arpaia was invited to dine at Redfish and was immediately shocked. “Once I noticed it, I used to be like, Oh my gosh, I really like this place,” she says.

Arpaia partnered with Rodney Barreto to work on the house. Barreto, who serves as each chairman of the Miami Tremendous Bowl Committee and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee, helped Arpaia protect the integrity of the historic construction whereas upgrading the kitchen to make it a extra purposeful house. “The kitchen is minuscule, so we divided the inside house to make extra room for back-of-the-house operations. It is now 50 % kitchen,” Arpaia explains.

Arpaia can also be putting in a Wooden Stone wood-burning oven outdoors, which can increase the restaurant’s cooking footprint and end fish and meat dishes.

The chef, who spent her summers in Naples, Italy, rising up, will supply Italian dishes utilizing domestically sourced substances. “The pastas, the pizzas, the meatballs will all be on the menu. I obtained an excellent pasta machine from Italy, and I can not wait to make use of it,” she says. Noma Seashore can even serve seafood. “We’re trying on the water, so there needs to be recent fish.” Arpaia is planning on providing merely made crudo. “You get a superb piece of yellowtail and season it with olive oil from Sicily and salt, and it tastes so recent and clear, you do not want extra substances.”

When Noma Seashore opens in only a few weeks, do not be stunned to see the chef there nightly. Arpaia, who has labored at eating places resembling Bellini, David Burke and Donatella, Anthos, Mia Dona, and Kefi, plans to be at all times current. “I’ve the information; I am very obsessed with this. Even the title — Noma — is a mix of my twin’s names. Noma displays my life now, and it is a private restaurant for me.”

Arpaia says she’s effectively conscious of the challenges of opening a restaurant in the course of the present local weather with provide chain points, excessive rents, and a pandemic nonetheless looming. “Even when one thing is true, it is tough. I am as much as the problem. Plus, I solely dwell just a few miles away. The best way I see it, I can see my household on the restaurant, and I haven’t got to cook dinner for them at house.”

Noma Seashore at Redfish.
9610 Outdated Cutler Rd., Coral Gables;


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