Simon Stojanovic

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    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    February 2014 Openings and Closings

    February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host o ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Bent Fork: Simon Stojanovic Will Pop Up Mondays at the Federal

    Simon Stojanovic knows his way around good, local product. The Australian-born chef learned to respect farm-fresh products as Michael Schwartz's sous-chef at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and then mastered indigenous seafood at AltaMare, where he was executive chef for three years. He then opened T ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Tikl Closes: Perfecto Mediterranean Restaurant to Open in its Place

    Tikl, Raw Bar and Grill, a small-plates restaurant in Brickell by the AltaMare team, has closed. The restaurant, which opened in August 2012, closed without much fanfare with executive chef Simon Stojanovic citing a lack of momentum, according to a review last October, Zachary Fagenson ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Chefs Tweet About Obama Win

    The election was called shortly before midnight. Barack Obama had surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to retain his position as Commander in Chief. But the real winner of the night was Twitter.According to Yahoo, President Obama's personal tweet, "We're all in this together. That's how we campa ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    October 17, 2012

    Brickell's Tikl Deserves a Dinner Crowd

    Tikl Raw Bar & Grill, the latest project from chef Simon Stojanovic, former toque for Miami Beach's Altamare, marks the entrance of the small plates concept to Brickell. It's a welcome addition to a neighborhood flooded with high priced, mediocre restaurants. Tikl for the moment plays to the bu ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    TIKL in Brickell Tastes Good So Far

    Simon Stojanovic's TIKL was bustling with business types from nearby office towers on recent weekday. Though it's only officially been open since September 21, the restaurant's design, menu format and location seem to indicate that it will be a success. Read also Altamare Team to Open Tikl on Brick ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Ten Restaurants That Offer Miami Spice on Weekends

    August in Miami brings us both good news and bad news. On the minus side, we've got intensely hot days that feel like the sun has to have a personal vendetta against you and your tender skin.  On the plus side of the equation, there's Miami Spice, where about 150 of Miami's most-loved restauran ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Tikl Raw Bar and Grill Joining the Crazy Brickell Restaurant Scene in Late July

    Read also "Altamare Team to Open Tikl on Brickell" and "Altamare's Simon Stojanovich talks Tikl.""It's pronounced 'tickle,' like, as in tickle your taste buds," clarifies executive chef Simon Stojanovic, part of Miami Beach's Altamare team. He is referring to the small-plates concept Tikl resta ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Altamare's Simon Stojanovic Talks TIKL, Teams with Lindsay Autry for Chefs Dinner

    TIKL, the new small plates concept by Altamare's owner Claudio Giordano, chef Simon Stojanovic and general manager Frank Scottolini, is scheduled to bring a bit of Altamare's flair for fresh local seafood, to Brickell late Spring. The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will feature a large bar area, exten ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Taste of Brickell: Hey, Guys, Why So Many Chains?

    ​The second annual Taste of Brickell festival is this weekend. The event -- which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, from noon to 10 p.m. -- turns 1201 Brickell Bay Dr. into a large party area featuring food, drinks, and a kiddie zone complete with petting zoo. Admission r ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    AltaMare Farm-to-Table Dinner: Local Land and Sea Meet on the Plate

    All photos by Laine DossExecutive chef Simon Stojanovic takes a moment to chat in the AltaMare kitchen.​The star of last night's AltaMare farm-to-table dinner, hosted by chef Simon Stojanovic, was fresh local produce, meat, and seafood, as farmers, chefs, and diners sat together to enjoy a five-co ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Altamare Team To Open "Tikl" on Brickell

    Altamare's raw seafood sampler would fit in at Tikl.​In March 2010, Claudio Giordano moved his AltaMar restaurant into larger digs up the same Lincoln Road block, removed capitalization of the letter "m" and added an "e" to the end of the name, and brought chef Simon Stojanovic on board. Through t ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Altamare's Shark and Fries Explained By Chef Simon Stojanovic

    Chef Simon Stojanovic​Chef Simon Stojanovic, AltaMare's head chef, likes big fish. "Growing up in New South Wales," Stojanovic says, "I used to love eating a big bundle of fish and chips -- the fish always being local shark." It was his idea for AltaMare's new happy hour special: $10 Fish and Chip ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Nemo is No More, But Will It Be Replaced? (Updated)

    Did M.R.G.'s seafood concept totally dry up?​A few months ago, one of Miami's most popular, acclaimed eateries: Nemo, closed. Opened in the mid-'80s, its kitchen was home to Michael Schwartz, Frank *Jeannetti (Essensia), AltaMare's Simon Stojanovic, Brian Cantrell (formerly of A Fish Called ... More >>

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    February 26, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: More and More at Best of the Best

    Chocolates from Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections in Providence, Rhode Island​What's your idea of the good life? Is it a sprawling private event held in something called "the Sparkle Ballroom" in a glamorous over-the-top Miami Beach resort? Is it top-rated bottles of rare, aged grapes all sile ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Five Best Chefs of 2010

    Lee KleinRichard Hales keeps on truckin'​Five chefs. Five different means of distinguishing themselves over the course of the past year. The names are Timon Balloo, Giancarla Bodoni, Kevin Cory, Richard Hales, and Simon Stojanovic. The reasons follow:Giancarla Bodoni, Escopazzo:The organic Norther ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    October 4, 2010

    AltaMare's Wine Pairing Dinners Are Owner Claudio's Domain

    Adam Larky​Claudio Giordano, owner of AltaMare restaurant on Lincoln Road, is a vivacious Italian who's been in Miami for over 25 years. Recently he brought back the wine pairing dinners that have always been part of his restaurant repertoire.

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    September 15, 2010

    Short Order Awards 2010 Nominees Are In... Vote Now!

    ​Last month, we revealed that at this year's Iron Fork event on October 21 we'd be handing out our first ever Short Order awards. While Best of Miami is picked by an ominous "editorial board," the blog awards work a little differently. We asked a group of local chefs, food bloggers, and our own Sh ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    More Oil Spill Reactions From Miami Seafood Chefs and a Fisherman

    via fish.​Now that the BP Oil Spill has hit the Mississippi Delta and toxic seas lap at unprotected marsh, Miami's eyes are on the slick with greater fear for our coastline than even before.We spoke to more local chefs, a restaurant owner, an ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    April 30, 2010

    Sneak Review: AltaMare

    ​A tidbit taken from next week's Cafe review of AltaMare:If Giordano and new chef Simon Stojanovic make providing a seamlessly smooth dining experience appear easy, it's because they have learned how to do so through hard work. The former finessed his skills while orchestrating Alta Mar over t ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Pan-Seared Sheepshead Fish at Altamare

    ​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    February 18, 2010

    New Altamare Food Photos

    Day boat scallops with tomato-ginger nage​Altamare is now open for business, replacing Altamar next door. New executive chef Simon Stojanovic is redefining the immensely popular South Beach restaurant with sustainable and organic menu items. Look for contemporary combos such as Fuyu persimmon sala ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Q&A with AltaMare Executive Chef Simon Stojanovic

    Adam Larkey​For the past three months, executive chef Simon Stojanovic, has been working in the kitchen of longtime local favorite AltaMar developing dishes for the restaurant's sister, AltaMare, expected to open next week. Claudio Giordano's AltaMar will close its doors the day AltaMare's doors ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    AltaMar To Become Bigger ALTAMARE

    Pompano in salt crust at AltaMar/ALTAMARE​After nine years of packing them in at 1223 Lincoln Road, AltaMar's Claudio Giordano has partnered with chef Simon Stojanovic to open a sister venture ALTAMARE just steps away. The restaurant, due to debut sometime around the middle of next month, will be ... More >>