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Serafina Miami opens at Aventura Mall


Serafina Miami

19565 Biscayne Blvd., Unit No. 1944, Aventura, 786-920-0989,

This international chain, founded in New York City in 1995, has unveiled its first Florida outpost on the second floor of Aventura Mall’s new wing.

“We have this incredible 65-foot-long outdoor pergola with a picturesque living plant wall,” co-owner Michael Baccaro says. “We created an outdoor space to cater to the great weather. It gives our guests a sense of privacy while providing a beautiful backdrop.”

The patio also boasts a retractable canopy and string lights. An indoor/outdoor bar bridges to the interior with gray marble walls punctuated by modern art for sale, a starlit infinity hallway and modern yellow and blue accents, such as neon angel wings.

Traditional Italian highlights include meatballs with ricotta ($11), Tartufo Nero Pizza with robiola cheese, fontina, truffle cheese, truffle oil and black truffles ($29); a filet mignon burger with Gorgonzola and caramelized onions ($20); Veuve Clicquot risotto with black truffles ($27); and filet of bass al pinot grigio wrapped in thin-sliced potatoes on a bed of zucchini and leeks ($34).

“We will add a few local dishes and weekly specials that use local ingredients,” Baccaro says.

The Vittorio Tea cocktail blends tequila, lime and grapefruit sherbet ($14).

Lunch and dinner are served daily. Musicians entertain monthly.

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