Forte dei Marmi

150 Ocean Dr.
Miami, FL 33139
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Karen Fuchs


  • Dinner Tuesday and Wednesday 6 to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 6 to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Local ingredients, Wheelchair accessible, Full service bar, Multi-Level, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Online Reservations Available
Though Forte dei Marmi in South Beach is named for the Tuscan seaside town known for its white mountain peaks, the restaurant's real draw is a softer, serene atmosphere in conjunction with the rustic Italian cuisine of chef Raffaele Mellino and his father Antonio Mellino. The elder Mellino is the chef/owner of the two-Michelin-star Quattro Passi on the Amalfi Coast. He also has a location in London. Chef Antonio is renowned for his homemade pastas and is opposed to precooking them prior to serving. Thus, when the tagliolini with crab, cherry tomatoes, and chili oil arrives at the table, it’s obvious the pasta has been made à la minute, and the difference is discernible. The restaurant’s architect, Chad Oppenheim (he’s also a partner in the restaurant), and designer Henry Timi envisioned Forte dei Marmi as a pared-back oasis where guests feel as though they’re dining along a sandy beach. This new eatery brings upscale fare and a quiet elegance to South Beach dining, and from the looks of it, locals and visitors have quickly embraced the place.

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