Cipriani family opens restaurant in Miami
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A new South Florida restaurant is offering a taste of elegance unlike any other.
It's located in some of the most exciting cities around the world. Now, there's a new location for this restaurant that's all in the family.
Ciao, Miami, benvenuto a Cipriani downtown. The world-famous Italian ristoranti is finally open at the Icon Brickell in Downtown Miami.
The moment you walk in, you are wowed with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and PortMiami, high-vaulted ceilings, Murano chandeliers and rich walnut-panelled walls. The space is a throwback to 1940s glamour, designed by famed Italian architect Michele Bonan. Maggio Cipriani noted its a nautical theme and said, "When I come to Miami I find myself always on the beach around the ocean."
The 23-year-old and his 25-year-old brother, Iganzio Cipriani, are the fourth generation of this dinning dynasty started by their great grandfather, Giuseppe Cipriani, in 1931. When he opened Harry's Bar In Venice, the spot soon became a favorite haunt of celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, paving the way for an upscale gastro empire with restaurants in New York, London, Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Abu Dabi and Ibiza. Now it's Miami's turn.
"It's such an established market," said the younger Cipriani, "and our local clients in New York, they tend to come to Miami on a monthly basis, and I think the brand itself fits the Miami market perfectly. We decided to move forward and open one here."
Miami now has a new chic watering hole and Brickell's business and financial district now has a new power room. "The best of the best are now coming to Miami and Brickell, and it's really important for as little as this is, as important as this is," said City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.
Who am I kidding? It's all about the food! From the risotto primavera, the baked taglianini with praga ham and their famous carpacio, a dish invented at Harry's Bar in Venice. "This is a traditional plate that we serve to all of our clients," said Cipriani.
But, of course, what Cipriani is most famous for is having invented the Bellini, named after the great Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini. "It was invented in Harry's Bar by my great grandfather. It's peach puree with prosecco."
Bravo! I think Nonno is smiling.
As glamorous as Cipriani is, the prices are far from jet set. Pastas are in the $20 range with main dishes starting at $30. Day one and already it's one of the hardest tables to get, as reservations are filling up fast.
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