Ralph Pagano

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    November 26, 2014

    How Miami Chefs Celebrate Thanksgiving at Home

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow and, for most of us, that conjures up a dinner table filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, string beans, and pumpkin pie. But, with the United States (and Miami), being a gigantic melting pot of cultures, what really constitutes a Thanksgiving dinner? The New York Times rec ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Books by Cooks, Beer, and Pubbelly Love

    If you're looking for a nice, peaceful weekend to catch up on chores before the family comes down from the Northeast to thaw out and eat turkey, forget it! There are simply too many tempting options not to get out and enjoy Miami. Plus, there's something for everyone -- like a gigantic book fair f ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Scaring Up a Good Time

    This weekend is supposed to give us a break in temperatures, with fall-like evenings. In other words, it's a boo-tiful time to scare up a few guys and ghouls and enjoy Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities around town. Miami is filled with fiendish delights from costume parties to brunches. ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Naked Taco's Weekend Brunch: Eggs and Tequila Crush Your Hangover

    Bored with the same old brunch? Tired of eating lemon ricotta pancakes while sipping on a mimosa? Think the whole breakfast/lunch combo-thingy is just a little too twee? In other words: Ever wish there was a brunch with balls? Then, check out Naked Taco's weekend brunch, launching this Saturday, ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014
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    October 22, 2014

    Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

    The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Skydiver Jumps Off Plane With First Batch of Stone Crabs Wearing GoPro (Video)

    Yesterday marked the beginning of stone crab season and the start of the business year for Joe's Stone Crab, which opened its doors at 5 p.m ., serving the first batch of claws to Miamians eager to get their hands on them (or with reservations we presume). If you happened to be by Peacock Park ye ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Pop-Ups, Made-Ups, and Tatas

    This weekend is all about the pop-up, the made-up, and the tatas. And all come in pairs! First the pop-up: There are two different pop-ups this weekend: a speakeasy and a beer garden. Then the made-up: As in made-up holidays. Again, there are two. National Taco Day and National Vodka Day happen ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Ferris Pop-Up: Hookah, Kabobs, and Brazilian Dancers

    It's a Friday night in Sunny Isles and at the top of the glass stairs leading to the Ferris pop-up at Sole on the Ocean, I am greeted by a lovely young woman dressed in an elaborate Brazilian samba costume. See also: Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

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    July 10, 2014

    Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

    Chef Ralph Pagano's Ferris pop-up at the Sole on the Ocean in Sunny Isles launches this Saturday evening complete with a drum circle, fire dancers, a DJ, and a belly dancer. Before that show, there's work to be done in the kitchen. Grape leaves must cook overnight, pita must be baked, and giant sk ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014
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    July 2, 2014

    Naked Taco: SoBe Joint Is Crazy Fun

    As soon as you sit down at Naked Taco in South Beach, a bubbly waiter toting a frosty shaker measures out two grapefruit-tequila shots in heavy, preplaced glasses. "You have to be a little mad to have fun with us," he says while shaking out the last drops of the precious nectar. Maybe you're mad. B ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

    Taste of the Nation South Florida, the fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, took over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel last night. Just about every chef worth his or her salt was at the event -- either serving their best bites or mingling as a guest. The event feat ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Ralph Pagano Opening Ferris Summer Pop-Up at Alba Seaside Italian

    Most people know Ralph Pagano from his restaurants and his rich stories that recall his Italian-American roots. But there's a second side to chef Pagano that he is seeking to explore through food. Pagano is opening Ferris, a summer pop-up at the Sole on the Ocean hotel that features cuisine from h ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Bikini Barista to Open in Midtown: Now Hiring Barista Girls

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. The bikini barista fad is about to hit Miami. The most surprising tidbit about the announcement is the location. According to a Craigslist post, Bikini Barista is "professional coffee company" that's seeking "female bikini barista girls of all types and ethn ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Alba Seaside Italian to Host Surfers Healing Beach Fundraiser, Surfing Classes for Autistic Children

    Autism is in the forefront of the news these days with good reason. Classified as a disorder of neural development, around one in 68 American children identify on the autism spectrum, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a startling statistic made even more star ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Brew at the Zoo, Derby Day, and Early Cinco de Mayo

    This weekend you've got your choices cut out for you. We've got a three-way tie for your affections when it comes to major happenings, along with some other fun food and drink-related stuff. Whether you're into beer and retro music, candy, getting your Cinco de Mayo on early, or putting on your fin ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Unforgettable Moments From the Festival

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is over for another year and, celebrity chefs from the Northeast are flying home for another Polar Vortex even as the giant party tents are being broken down. All that's left of the weekend is a slight hangover, a few goodie bags, and memories. Here are our top ... 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 13, 2014

    Naked Taco: Ralph Pagano's SoBe Spot Opening for SOBEWFF

    The joint finally has a name and an opening date. Naked Taco, formerly known as "Ralph Pagano's Yet-Unamed Mexican Joint," is set to open Friday, February 21 -- just in time for South Beach Wine & Food Festival attendees and celebrity chefs to seek refuge from the elements and enjoy a few tacos bef ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Help Name Ralph Pagano's New Mexican Restaurant

    It seems like everything about opening a restaurant is difficult. You've got to come up with a concept and a location. Then you have to get funding (all those schmancy forks and glassware are expensive) and hire staff. Finally, just as you open the doors to the public, you realize you forgot one imp ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Miami Chefs Share Their New Year's Resolutions

    What's your New Year's resolution? Is it to take better care of yourself or find a new job? Maybe you want to go back to school to finish that degree or pay down those credit cards.

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    December 31, 2013

    Ten Miami Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

    A fresh, new year is upon us. Time to make resolutions and plans. It's also a good time to anticipate new restaurants about to open in Miami. And there are a bunch of them. From food trucks continuing to go brick-and-mortar like Latin Burger & Taco, to celebrity chefs staking their claim under our s ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Ralph Pagano to Open Mexican Restaurant at Dream South Beach Hotel

    Celebrity chef Ralph Pagano has just announced he'll open a restaurant in South Beach. Pagano is also chef/owner of Alba Seaside Italian at the Sole on the Ocean resort in Sunny Isles Beach. The restaurant will open at the Dream South Beach Hotel, replacing Serafina, which will close shortly after ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Ralph Pagano, Ingrid Hoffmann, and John Offerdahl Film Designing Spaces Episode

    Miami's best culinary talent and two football greats got together yesterday to cook some winning game-day foods. Alba Seaside Italian's Ralph Pagano welcomed Food Network's Ingrid Hoffmann, former Miami Dolphins great (and restaurateur) John Offerdahl, and Indiana Colts player Ahmad Bradshaw to fil ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013
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    October 15, 2013

    Stone Crab Season Starts With Helicopter Delivery (Video)

    The 2014 stone crab season officially began this morning, October 15, at midnight, and all over Miami, people are chomping at the bit for their first taste of the sweet claws. But most restaurants won't have this particular fruit of the sea until tomorrow, when the traps are all raised and the firs ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Miami vs. UF: Jamie DeRosa, Ralph Pagano Host Tailgatepalooza at Sun Life Stadium Saturday

    On Saturday, September 7, two of Florida's most talented will battle it out for glory at Sun Life Stadium. Oh, and afterward there's a football game between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes.

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    June 19, 2013

    Hell's Kitchen Casting Call at Eden Roc Saturday

    What do Miami chefs Robyn Almodovar, Paula DaSilva, and Ralph Pagano have in common besides knowing how to whip up a damn good meal? They've all been featured on the Fox reality show Hell's Kitchen, and you can be next. Although Season 11 hasn't yet wrapped, chef Gordon Ramsay is searching for more ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Sole on the Ocean and Alba Host Reggae Beach Bowl and Cookout

    Q. You have some prime beachfront property and some NFL greats as pals -- plus you're into reggae music. What do you do? A. You host a reggae beach bowl and invite everyone you know. That's what the Sole on the Ocean hotel and Ralph Pagano's Alba Seaside Italian restaurant is doing tomorrow, Apri ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Alba's Ralph Pagano Shows Us His Kitchen (Harlem Shake Edition)

    Alba Seaside Italian's chef/partner Ralph Pagano always has something up his sleeve (and we're not talking about a spare "King" hidden in his orange chef's coat -- though he probably has that too).Whether it's telling us a story about his great-grandfather Vinny D. or cohosting a show on Lifetime (y ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Ralph Pagano's WTF Dinner at Alba Thursday: You Will Eat What I Make and Like It

    Alba Seaside Italian's chef/partner Ralph Pagano has a way with words. Just ask the personable toque a question and you'll likely get a story in return. So we shouldn't be surprised at what he's calling his two dinner specials -- both, by the way, being offered this Thursday, February 7. The di ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Alba's Ralph Pagano and the Vinny D Split: Do You Feel Lucky?

    Alba's Seaside Italian has been softly open for almost a month, with a grand opening celebration set for this Thursday. The restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, features plenty of seafood, along with a menu that harkens back to Pagano's Italian-American roots in New York's outer borough ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Alba: It's Ralph Pagano's World; We Just Eat In It (Photos)

    Ralph Pagano is not exactly a wallflower. The chef, who can be heard weekly on the Paul and Young Ron Show on Big 105.9, has been on multiple television cooking shows, is an outspoken lover of the "ponies", and shows no shame in his love for a good mojito and a good time.So when walking into Alba, h ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    November 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    November in Miami saw many anticipated restaurants opening, and a few closings that had most people surprised, indeed.  Some welcome additions to our local food scene include Dena Marino's MC Kitchen, Myron Mixon's Pride and Joy, and David Bracha's Oak Tavern.Read also:- Florida Cookery: Every ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Ralph Pagano To Open Alba at Sole on the Ocean

    When Ralph Pagano left STK Miami to head food and beverage operations at Gulfstream Park, it seemed like a match made in heaven. At the time, Pagano told out sister blog, Clean Plate Charlie, that he only moved to south Florida for the racetrack.But a gambling man can never turn down a good bet. And ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Taste of the Nation Miami 2012 in Pictures

    There was one happy crowd at Taste of the Nation Miami on Thursday night, where philanthropists gathered to support the national child hunger-fighting organization Share Our Strength. And with the best restaurants in the city catering the event, how in the world couldn't the atmosphere be happy? Th ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Taste of the Nation Celebrates 25th Anniversary on July 19

    Taste of the Nation, the event that brings together Miami's best chefs to benefit Share Our Strength, is celebrating its silver anniversary with a stellar lineup of food and drink.On Thursday, July 19, over three dozen restaurants will offer their best bites to sample at the Turnberry Isle Miami. So ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Pagano's Pressure Cook Goes National

    ​Ralph Pagano's perpetual road trip is now going to reach a national audience with the Travel Channel's recent acquisition of Pressure Cook for syndication. It's been a big year for him; since leaving STK behind, he has taken over as the executive chef and EVP of hospitality for Gulfstream Park, w ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Sam Gorenstein Leaving BLT Steak To Join Forces With Michael Schwartz

    Is there more to this story than meats the eye?​Is there a chef-leaving-South-Beach-steakhouse epidemic going on or what? First Ralph Pagano announced that he was leaving STK Miami, then days later we learn that Daniel Ganem is on his way from Kane Steakhouse, and now Sam Gorenstein has informed S ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Ralph Pagano, Former Iron Chef Contestant, Leaving STK Miami

    Former Hell's Kitchen and Iron Chef contestant Ralph Pagano to leave STK for Gulfstream​Rumor has it that celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, who's been chef de cuisine at South Beach's swanky STK restaurant inside the Gansevoort Miami Beach for the last year, just put in his two-week notice on Monday. T ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Beer Party in the Grove: Grovetoberfest This Saturday

    GrovetoberfestMeet your new best​Beer will bombard Coconut Grove this Saturday for the first-ever Grovetoberfest at Peacock Park this Saturday, October 15th from 4 - 7 p.m.About 100 beers will be available for your drinking pleasure, including the world premieres of Miami's own Schne ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    February 8, 2011

    Dine With Dolphins, Sushi for Singles, and Godiva Cocktails for Valentine's Day

    A Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka on the rocks. ​The stereotypical Valentine's Day: Roses, a box of chocolates, and a candle-lit dinner. There is probably a significant population of people bored with chick-flick induced ideas of romance and looking to do something new. For those hoping to take the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Hell's Kitchen Casting in Miami November 15 & 16

    Photo by Brian Bowen Smith/FOXGordon Ramsay: The devil in disguise.​Does the thought of being calling incompetent and stupid on national TV turn you on? Do you enjoy being told repeatedly you are doing it wrong? Like the idea of crying in front of your colleagues? Yes? Then make sure to attend the ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Festival of Chefs Takes Over Nikki Beach November 10

    Culinary arts students with Chef Michael Gilligan (right) and artist MANO.​If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter, here's a taste of what you're missing. Click here to subscribe.Who needs a Festival of Lights when you can have a Festival of Chefs? Disney's smarmy li ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    A Stupid, Fake Event: Battle of the South Beach Steakhouses Chefs

    ​Firstly, it took place as a way to celebrate Whole Foods Market's 3rd year in Coral Gables. Which begs the question: Who the fuck throws a birthday party for a grocery store? And then there is the awkwardness of the name: Steakhouses Chefs? But worse is that it wasn't a real competition, just a p ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    STK Miami: Ralph Pagano, Former Reality Show Contestant, Takes the Helm

    Former Hell's Kitchen contestant Ralph Pagano takes the helm of STK's Miami outpost.​Out with the old and in with the new...STK has just made a switch in its culinary department. The ONE Group and Chef Alberto Cabrera have parted ways and are now welcoming Chef Ralph Pagano to the team. No strange ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    April 24, 2008

    Slimmer Down

    Enjoy treats for your ticker at Heart of a Chef.

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