Eleven years ago, Antonio Gallo and Pietro Vardeu became pioneer restaurateurs in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood of Miami Beach.
Now, they’ve opened a second location of Sardinia, which is named after the Italian island where Vardeu grew up.
“Our restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine versus the traditional Italian-American cuisine that most people are used to,” says Gallo, who hails from Torino, Italy. “Traditional Sardinian food includes bottarga, which is a delicacy and is basically salted, cured fish roe, typically of the grey mullet or the bluefin tuna. We cook most of our meat and fish in a wood-burning oven.”
Signatures include a grand tasting of six housemade mozzarellas ($32), spaghetti bottarga ($15, $25), orecchiette pasta with wild-boar sausage ($14, $20), four renditions of paella crafted with fregola, a Sardinian couscous ($13-$26) and salt-crusted branzino ($29).
Don’t miss the millefoglie pastry layered with Nutella and three types of cream ($9).
“Another thing that separates us is our wine list,” Gallo says. “We feature around 300 labels.”
Daily lunch and dinner, plus weekend brunch, are served amid an open kitchen, cylindrical chandeliers and wooden wine racks against light-yellow walls.