Giorgio Rapicavoli

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    August 21, 2014

    Pub-Shaker Miami Spice Pop-Up: Pubbelly and Broken Shaker Collaborate

    Every year when the culinary clock strikes Miami Spice, the Pubbelly Boys have something cooking besides their own three-course, prix-fixe deals. Last year, they joined forces with sushi master Makoto Okuwa for a one-night only event that sold out. The year before that, friends Giorgio Rapicavoli an ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks vs. Todd Erickson

    The New Times Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, has just announced the two Miami chefs brave enough to face each other in a battle of skill, fire, and sharp objects. So which two chefs have accepted this year's epic challenge in which only won can ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Australian Lamb Dish Competition: Vote for Your Favorite Chef, Win a Staycation

    Between Yelp, Four Square, Trip Advisor, and whatever else, we're all critics these days. Really, all it takes is a keyboard and some Internet access and you have an audience. Unfortunately, not many people get rewarded for their foodie opinions -- aside from maybe a complimentary meal every now an ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Grilled Cheese, Swanky Wines, and Frita Friday

    Friday is here and, as always, there's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend. For starters, how about a loaf of warm, freshly baked bread to start your day? Or maybe you'd rather top off your Friday with a few fritas and cocktails with friends at a kick-ass happy hour? If you prefer to go sw ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    March 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Spring is in the air, bringing new beginnings and lots of restaurant openings. From small burger and beer joints to lavish multilevel dining experiences, it seems there's a new restaurant for just about everyone's taste and budget. Notable openings include 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, Danny Grant's m ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: World's Largest Hot Dog, Dinner in Paradise, and Beer

    Miami's got it going on this weekend. WMC has arrived, bringing some of the world's best DJ's and thousands of music lovers to our beaches (here's your guide). If you're into something a little more relaxed, there's still plenty to do. Enjoy some hard-to-find beers, dine in a beautiful garden, or ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF Kicks Off Today: Here Are Cheap and Free Events Around It

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival kicks off its four-day bacchanal today, February 20. The festival includes all manner of parties, dinners, and seminars -- many commanding a pretty penny. But there are still plenty of opportunities to mingle with your favorite celebrity chefs without breakin ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Valentine's Day, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Boat Show, and Free Bloodys

    Happy Valentine's Day. This holiday, which initially honored religious martyrs, is now a celebration of love, so whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two, having drinks with friends, baking a heart-shaped pizza for your kids, or just planning to cuddle your pup -- we wish you a sweet day. ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    November 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Even as 2013 winds down, Miami heats up with Art Basel taking over both the beach and the mainland as thousands of people swarm to our city for parties, food, and drinks -- all in the name of art. With that, many restaurants are planning pop-ups, while others plan to open their doors this week. A ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    October 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Here we go... The official end of hurricane season, the start of cooler weather, and an influx of restaurants opening in Miami. With tourist season and Art Basel coming down the pipeline sooner than we realize, restaurants are clamoring to finish that paint job, install those burners, and open the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    October 22, 2013

    What the Heck Is a 63-Degree Egg?

    You might have seen the 63-degree egg. It pops up on several menus around town -- at OTC, MC Kitchen, Eating House, among others. But what the hell is it exactly? "It's an egg that's cooked in its shell in a water bath," explains Jacob Anaya, the executive chef of OTC in Brickell. "The water is k ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Stephen King's Carrie Has Coffee Shop Freakout (Video)

    Major confession. My absolute favorite writer is Stephen King. Not F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not James Joyce. Not even Ernest Hemingway. Ever since my guitar teacher placed The Shining in my hands when I was about 12, I have been obsessed with the author. And I know exactly why. Unlike other science fi ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Grovetoberfest 2013: Rare Keg Tappings, Celebrity Chefs

    Grovetoberfest, the celebration of all things beer, returns to Peacock Park for a third year, bringing tents filled with over 200 different brews to the historic village of Coconut Grove on Saturday, October 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Beer socialites get entry in the festival at 3 p.m.; VIP's enter at 2: ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    September 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September marks the beginning of the busy fall season. All over Miami, life renews as shops, restaurants, and hotels spiffy up for the winter season. Retooled menus, chef changes, and reworked decor are all par for the course -- as are the openings of a plethora of new and interesting restaurants. ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Burger Beast Blogiversary Party: Pig's Head, Rapicavoli, and Mojo Doughnuts

    Sef Gonzalez isn't just the Burger Beast of food blog fame. He's the sultan of stick-to-your-ribs food, the powerhouse of pastelitos, and Miami's all-seeing, all-eating king of comfort food. Last night, at Sakaya Kitchen Downtown, the king himself mingled with his loyal foodie followers at his five- ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Top Ten Restaurants in Coral Gables

    If Coral Gables were a pop star, it would be Justin Timberlake post-FutureSex/LoveSounds. You still dig the '90s man: Brillo-curled hair, frosted tips, and the damn sexiest denim outfit in history. But you also love his new, sleek sound. This city has evolved too. It once catered to law firm types ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Miami Smokers Offers Cured Meats, Smoked Treats, and Lots of Bacon

    "Hopefully our trendy restaurants that say they buy local stuff actually do," says Andres Barrientos. The Miami-born executive chef of Aaron's Catering and sous chef James Bowers have used the last year to experiment and try out how the Magic City takes to special smoked pork products. What makes ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    August 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Though August is probably the most uncomfortable and lethargic of all times in our fair city, we manage to survive, bolstered by frequent trips to the beach and fortified by Miami Spice meals. Though few restaurants opened and closed, they were memorable. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop, which was closed ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Iron Fork: Show Us Your Best Instagram and Win Dinner

    Iron Fork and the official kick-off for Miami Spice, presented by the Downtown Development Authority, is this evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center and it promises to be the event of the summer. There's something for everyone at Iron Fork.

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    August 1, 2013

    July 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    July is usually a slow month in Miami. Overly warm days make us feel torpid, wanting only to wait in a humidity-induced semi-coma for August to bring Miami Spice and the relief of dining frugally in air-conditioned restaurants. But, this summer's seen an incredible amount of activity, with many re ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Miami Spice at Meat Market: Juicy Cuts & Atomic Horseradish

    We've all been waiting for Jamie De Rosa and Giorgio Rapicavoli to battle it out at New Times Iron Fork on Thursday. But another battle commences today tomorrow, too: Miami Spice. OK, so it's not much of a battle between the chefs and restaurants as it is a battle of the mind. With all the restauran ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    James Beard Foundation's Taste America: Tickets On Sale Now

    It might seem like there's a music festival in South Florida every other weekend, and that's probably true, but we foodies want to have our fun too. Filling the void between our own Iron Fork August 1 and South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February, is the James Beard Foundation's Taste America, ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Discount on Iron Fork/Miami Spice Kickoff: Promo Code Here

    Do you love Short Order? Do you wake up with us every morning and fall asleep with us every night? We don't blame you. We're kind of sort of awesome. But you're, like, 90 percent of that undeniable greatness. As a thank-you for your love and loyalty, we're offering up a discount on Iron Fork tick ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Allen Susser Hosts Free Cooking Class at Whole Foods Market

    Summertime is here, and you're desperately trying to figure out some easy and healthful meals to whip up in no time. Looking at all the beautiful seasonal fruits, you know there must be a way to use them creatively, but you chicken out and stock up on frozen dinners instead. James Beard Award-winn ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Macchialina's Michael Pirolo Lists His Five Favorite Restaurants

    Where the Chefs Eat is a series in which we ask Miami chefs to list their favorite local restaurants. In this installment, we spoke to Michael Pirolo -- previously chef at Scarpetta, now chef and partner of Macchialina on Alton Road -- about his preferred Magic City spots. By night, Michael Pirolo ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    June 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Summer is here and that means grabbing a quick bite on the way to the beach or enjoying a meal under a large outdoor umbrella. June brought us the much-anticipated HuaHua's Taqueria, a fast/casual restaurant featuring a wide array of tacos, Mexican beers, and Margaritas in a dog and people-friendly ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Win Two Tickets to Iron Fork; Last Chance to Buy Before Price Increase

    Do you have your tickets for Iron Fork yet? Well, as Bugs Bunny would say, "Hey doc, hop to it!" Miami New Times has partnered with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you the the Iron Fork/Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The event ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Iron Fork and Miami Spice Kickoff: DeRosa, Rapicavoli to Compete

    The super-mega Iron Fork/Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, is getting closer, and two chefs are training hard for a battle of skills and wit in a challenge that is so intense that only one can make it out alive. What two Miami chefs are brave enough to acc ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    May 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    From high-end European luxury to favorite small places to a wild beach bar owned by a reality TV star, May's openings had something for everyone.

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    May 29, 2013

    3. Joel and Leticia Pollock of Panther Coffee

    First-rate food cities need great java. And, with Panther Coffee, owners Joel and Leticia Pollock gave Miami just that. Panther Coffee, available at their Wynwood and Miami Beach shops, or at restaurants around town, works intimately with growers and roasts beans on-premises. Remember when the wo ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    6. Kevin Cory of Naoe

    Kevin Cory -- sushi master, soft spoken chef, and seafood overlord -- is the man behind Naoe, an omakase-style Japanese restaurant in Brickell Key where dinners start at $160 and most of the menu is chef's choice. Sounds amazing, right? Wouldn't you just love to go tonight? Well, you can't. Cory is ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    7. Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Broken Shaker

    A few years back, you could get a good cocktail or two in Miami, sure. But more than likely, you'd be served Margaritas made with a corn syrup-laden mix. Maybe you could get a decent martini, but you'd probably wind up with Red Bull and vodka in a plastic cup at a trendy hotel pool bar, instead. Ga ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    9. Zak Stern of Zak the Baker

    If you were to measure a man by his passion, it would be hard to find a baker held in higher esteem than Zak Stern. Whereas most dough-makers talk levain and flour, Stern voices thoughts of wisdom, happiness, and beauty. Zak the Baker is more than just talk, though. He's a fervent proponent for lo ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    15. Brian Mullins of Ms. Cheezious

    As we did during childhood, we run when the baby blue food truck with the bikinied pin-up girl comes rolling through our neighborhoods. Then we breathe hard. Instead of a cone, we adults crave a grilled bacon and blue or a classic grilled cheese-and-tomato soup combo. To make Ms. Cheezious, Brian M ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Mother's Day in Miami: Six Chefs Pay Tribute to Their Moms

    Chefs must be strong enough to do back-breaking on-your-feet labor for upwards of 12 hours a day. They play with knives and fire. And yet, they must also tap into their sensitive and creative side, working with the most delicate ingredients, using all their senses to perfect a dish. What, on earth ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    18. Peter Schnebly of Schnebly Redland's Winery & Miami Brewing Company

    Miami is not exactly Napa. Instead of grape vineyards, we have trees that grow exotic fruits like guava, mango, lychee. So, Peter Schnebly, a longtime grower of tropical fruits, decided to make wine from the produce deemed not "perfect" enough for sale. Wine not from grapes? Sounded ambitious -- and ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    19. Matthew Sherman of Jugofresh

    Matthew Sherman sells booze-free shots. At his organic, raw, and cold-pressed juice bar called Jugofresh, Sherman proffers the teeny drinks with organic Bulgarian rose water, deer antler extract, and echinacea. The South Beach shop also makes delightful smoothies and great-tasting cleanses. Tasty j ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    April 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    April showers may bring May flowers, but they also brought a lot of restaurant openings and closings to Miami -- some of them surprising, some expected. Two long-awaited restaurants opened on Miami Beach. Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh Hotel, in the works for over a year, finally opened ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Slow Food Miami Awards: Celeb Chefs, Grey Goose Cocktails, and the City's Best Sustainable Eats

    Screw fast food and all its unhealthy connotations. Slow food is where it's at. Such is the aim of Slow Food Miami, an organization dedicated to embracing local growers and artisan food producers who focus on fair pay, sustainability, and local produce. Each year, they host the swanky Snail of Appro ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Miami New Year's Eve Dinners: 1500 Degrees to Acqualina to the Betsy UPDATED

    With the new year fast approaching (or the end of the world, if that's how you see it), time is working against us to start making New Year's Eve plans. Because Miami is an NYE party destination, locals have to make particularly savvy arrangements to ensure a successful evening. No one likes to ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    The Business of Pop-Ups: Bullfrog, Rapicavoli, and Meinhold Speak

    The only thing consistent about pop-up restaurants in Miami is that they are the latest form of branding. They can be used to build a client base that will sustain a permanent space while others are done simply because you can't feed weird people weird food in a normal space. They may be done with ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Sausage Fest at Lester's on Saturday

    Advocate magazine snubbed the 305 earlier this year when it released its list of the 15 gayest cities in America, giving a nod to Fort Lauderdale, ranked two, and Orlando, ranked four. It wasn't Miami's decline as a gay capital that inspired the folks from Lester's in Wynwood and Proper Sausages to ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    May 8, 2012

    James Beard Awards Screw Latino Workers

    Last night, as many of our loyal readers watched NBC's The Voice, ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and Travel Channel's No Reservations, a bit of virtual battle was taking place on Twitter. Perhaps a few (likely from the culinary industry) tuned into the live webcast of the James Beard Foundation award ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    660 at The Angler's Names Carlos Torres as New Chef

    Torres takes over 660.​660 at The Angler's has announced that Carlos Torres will be replacing the recently departed Giorgio Rapicavoli as executive chef. The indoor/outdoor contemporary American restaurant will keep its signature dishes, but chef Torres will slowly integrate his own dishes into th ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Despite Fears, Adrienne Grenier Triumphed On Chopped Last Night

    ​Planning a meal in seconds with limited ingredients, based upon a food mystery in a basket, is no easy feat, even for a seasoned professional.Last night on Chopped, Adrienne Grenier beat out a bunch of guys with more experience, who talked a lot of trash, each claiming with bravado that he was c ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Peter Mondavi Jr. at Biltmore Wine Dinner

    ​​Don't mourn Philippe Ruiz's departure from the Biltmore just yet; it seems he's got a few surprises still in store, like a much ballyhooed Mondavi wine dinner at Palme d'Or next Tuesday, January 17. And guess who's gonna be in town talking about the heavenly liquid that makes us all swoon? Nap ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Eight Great New Year's Day Brunches In Miami

    Technically, on January 1 your resolutions to live healthier, better and wiser in 2012 should kick in. But the truth is, most of the world wakes up on New Year's Day with a hangover (which, usually comes paired with a tinge of regret) and a craving for comfort food. So why not start off the year wit ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Where To Eat This Mother's Day in Miami

    BLT Steak treats Mom to a special dinnerThis Sunday is Mom's Day. Plan on eating out? Here's a list of Miami restaurants offering Mother's Day brunches and dinners this May 8. (All prices exclude tax and gratuity.) BLT Steak1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305-673-0044 On the menu: Dinner start ... More >>