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Art-friendly MIA Kitchen and Bar debuts in Delray Beach

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MIA Kitchen and Bar

7901 W. Atlantic Ave., west of Delray Beach, 561-499-2200, Mia.Kitchen

Chef Blake Malatesta, who helmed the beachfront 50 Ocean, has moved west to unveil this venture in the new Tuscany Shoppes with Joey LoGrasso, who owns Mamma Mia’s Trattoria in Lake Worth.

“The whole lifeblood of this place is to highlight Florida and community,” says Malatesta, who works alongside his wife, Ana. “We want a nice local eatery with a big-city feel.”

Modern Floridian highlights include assorted roasted mushrooms with ginger vinaigrette ($13), grilled fish ribs with mango barbecue sauce ($14) and malta-braised beef cheeks ($16, $26). Housemade pastas include the duck confit Little Hollows ($18, $30), and New York water is used to make pizzas such as the surf n’ turf ($17).

Vanilla-rum anglaise finishes the Golden Monkey bread pudding with roasted banana and ricotta ($9).

Cocktails are twists on classics, such as the Mango Gang with rum and habanero ($12).

Nightly dinner and Sunday brunch are served amid an industrial vibe with a mix of distinctive, ultra-contemporary iron chandeliers, tufted leather booths and indoor-outdoor bar. Potted plants outline the patio.

This winter will bring live music, movies made by Florida film schools and graffiti artists painting the walls.

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