Bice has branches in Barcelona and Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Montreal, Dubai and Delray Beach -- about two dozen restaurants in some twenty cities, with another fifteen slated to open for business by 2006. Beatrice Ruggeri (nickname: Bice) began it all by opening her eponymous trattoria in Milan in 1926; the second one, in Sardinia, didn't come about until 1978, when Beatrice's son Robert formed the Bice Group and, with brother Remo, proceeded to populate the world with a rapidly expanding chain of high-end Italian dining establishments. South Beach was one of the pins on their map, but the franchise floundered and then flopped in the mid-Nineties. Undeterred, the Group bounced Bice over to the Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove, where it flourished as one of Miami-Dade's premier Italian restaurants. This lofty regard took a subtle roll downward in recent years, as Bice Grand Bay coasted all too contentedly on its laurels; it closed quietly this past October. Robert's son Raffaele Ruggeri runs the newly launched Bice Ristorante, located in the oceanfront resort-hotel Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach -- both opened... More >>>