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Main Meals Group Opens Contessa Northern Italian Trattoria within the Design District Miami



Main Meals Group (MFG), the restaurant group that has been on a progress spree since opening Carbone in Miami in early 2021, is now opening one other Italian restaurant.

However Contessa, which opens within the Design District on Friday, pulls its affect from a totally completely different area than Carbone, says MFG companion, Mario Carbone. “I believe they’re as completely different as they are often whereas nonetheless being Italian. Carbone celebrates the Italian meals that was born in America, with roots in Southern Italy. Contessa could be very a lot inverse, with a menu that celebrates Northern Italy,” says Carbone.

That is the second Contessa for MFG. The unique opened contained in the Newbury Boston resort in June 2021. Carbone says that when the restaurant opened in Boston they determined it could have the identical experiential and high quality stage of Carbone and “the Main Meals Group theatrical factor,” however would even be open the complete day, not like Carbone, which is open just for dinner. “The menu is actually well-rounded,” says Carbone. “You may discover antipasti, a salumi part of things indigenous to the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy, pizzas, and pastas.” The pizzas and pastas additionally will replicate the northern areas of Italy with loads of egg noodles, handmade pastas, and skinny, crisp pizzas.

Principal dishes will supply a collection of meats and fishes together with Florentine-style beef choices. Carbone describes a rosemary-scented steal charred over a wood-burning grill and a ribeye, thinly sliced and served with a salad of arugula, tomato, and parmigiana cheese.

Desserts, says Carbone are easy. “There is a do-it-yourself gelato program, a crostata del giorno, and a chocolate hazelnut cake,” he says.

The restaurant’s wine program, created by MFG’s wine director John Slover will deal with wines from Northern and Central Italy.  Bar director Nathan McCarley O’Neill has developed a cocktail checklist of basic spritzes, bellinis, negronis, and martinis.

Carbone says Contessa is designed to be an integral a part of the Design District expertise, and the MFG cofounder envisions the restaurant as a part of an ideal Miami day. “The thought is that you just’re procuring within the District and stopping for lunch. We would like Contessa to be that anchor. An all-day trattoria.”  Evenings, says Carbone, will seemingly imply that reservations are essential. “I see individuals popping into Contessa for an emergency Aperol spritz, however at evening there would possibly should be planning upfront.”

This is not the primary Design District restaurant for Main Meals Group — however it’s the first one the place everybody can dine. The restaurant group owns ZZ’s Membership, a non-public lounge and sushi restaurant in the identical plaza. Main Meals Group has been on a progress spurt in South Florida, opening excessive profile institutions corresponding to Carbone, Sadelle’s, HaSalon, ZZ’s Membership, Soiled French steakhouse, and a number of other eating places on the Boca Raton resort, together with the Japanese Bocce Membership, in lower than two years.

Carbone says that Miami’s response to the eating places has been “overwhelming” to the restaurateurs. “We had been comparatively accustomed to Miami from being right here in our 20s and 30s, however the positivity has been palpable. It makes Miami really feel very very like our dwelling.”

Contessa. 111 NE forty first St., Miami; contessatratoria.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Opens Friday, October 28.



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