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Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Bocce Bar is now open.
Bocce Bar is now open.
All photos by Laine Doss

Bocce Bar, the much-anticipated Italian concept from Samba Brands Management, opened this past Friday, and Short Order was invited for a taste.

The restaurant décor, in the former Sustain space in midtown, captures Italy's duality of clean, modern drama and classic, rustic style. A giant lit Bocce Bar sign welcomes patrons at street level. It's also the back of the bistro/enoteca's outdoor bocce court (so far, only a few people have taken the restaurant up on its offer to "eat, drink, play").

Chef Timon Ballo's menu is heavy on antipasti, salumi, and formaggi, encouraging Miamians to share food and conversation, which should be easily aided by a few barrel-aged Negronis created by Richard Woods, head of Samba Brands' spirit and cocktail development program.

See also: Timon Balloo on Bocce Bar: "I Have a Deep Infatuation With Italian Cuisine"

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Grilled treviso with shaved pecorino and fig balsamic is a wonderful alternative to a traditional salad. This Italian cousin of radicchio is slightly bitter and pairs well with the sweet balsamic and sharp cheese ($9).

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Think of nduja as spreadable salami. This pork spread is a spicier alternative to pâté, served with giardiniera, marmalade, and Italian flatbread. It's one of several salumi offered on the menu ($7).

 

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Ricotta di bufala, served with pumpkin and a generous portion of shaved truffle, is a "must have" on the formaggi menu.

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Orecchiette with duck sugo and roasted butternut squash is rich and satisfying ($19).

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Canneloni is multidimensional when stuffed with earthy wild mushrooms ($16).

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Espresso panna cotta was a nice, light ending to a meal ($9).

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Honey crisp cannoli was a little busy. The small hand-rolled pastries were overshadowed by the stellar ice cream made with 25-year aged balsamic, which would have been satisfying on its own ($10).

Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

Limoncello marshmallows are a sweet afterthought.

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Bocce Bar

3252 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33140

786-245-6211

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