Nutella turns 50 this year, and we couldn't let the occasion pass without some fanfare. Whether slathered on a hot crepe from a cart on the sidewalks of France or scooped straight from the jar with your finger, this hazelnut spread of the gods deserves our utmost appreciation.
New York City is celebrating in a big way. In May, pastry master Dominque Ansel doled out 2,000 Nutella-filled cronut holes and had fans waiting in a line 200 people deep. Even better, a bar devoted entirely to Nutella recently opened inside Italian food hall Eataly.
Though Miami hasn't gone that far, we recently reported the happy news that a Nutella food truck is headed our way in August. To satisfy your cravings during the wait, plenty of restaurants are using Nutella in a variety of ways, whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time. After the jump, check out Miami's ten best (and most unique) Nutella dishes.
10. Nutella pizza from Love Is Blind
Love may be blind, but you'll want to open your eyes and engage all senses when feasting on this dessert. You'll encounter soft dough baked lightly golden and smeared with delicious Nutella, topped with powdered sugar, fresh strawberries, and bananas. Nutella pizza is on the menu at many Miami restaurants, but the romantic ambiance of this spot makes it the perfect way to cap off a meal with the one you love.
9. Nutella waffles from Swine Southern Table & Bar
When the brunch bell rings, Swine is a good bet. The restaurant's pulled pork and eggs, decadent burger and fries, or shrimp 'n' grits can hit the spot on any weekend, for something sweet, try the Double Chocolate Big Ol' Sweet Waffle, made with bananas, Nutella, fresh whipped cream, and bourbon-maple syrup.
8. Nutella chocolate bar from Gigi
This late-night haunt serves not only killer noodles but also tasty cookies and one especially decadent sweet -- the "Gigi Bar," featuring milk chocolate mousse, Nutella ganache, and caramel. The resto also bakes Nutella-inclusive cakes that can be special-ordered for any occasion.
7. Nutella French toast from 660 at the Angler's
Recently debuting a new brunch menu, 660 at the Angler's is now serving Nutella french toast. It's a super sweet way to kick off your Sunday morning, perhaps with bottomless mimosas on the side. We dare you to finish it all.
6. Nutella Nitrogen Ice cream from Chill-N
Everyone loves chocolate ice cream, fro-yo, gelato, and so on, but Nutella liquid nitrogen ice cream is a step above. This ice-cream-making method not only looks cool but also truly changes the texture of the ice cream, giving it a creamier composition that can't be duplicated. Chill-N plays up the science-nerd theme by labeling mix-ins with Periodic Table-inspired symbols like "Va" (vanilla), "Pb" (peanut butter), and "Dl" (dulce de leche). Go for "Nt" (Nutella), one of the most popular choices. There's a reason the shop goes through 66 pounds of it per week.
5. Nutella cookie from Night Owl Cookie Co.
There's no Nutella in the cabinet and you're not in the mood to step out to get some. What to do? Call Night Owl Cookie Co. for tasty treats delivered right to your doorstep. It serves around town from noon till 2 a.m. A brick-and-mortar location is slated to open soon.
4. Nutella crepe from 345 Caffe Italiano
France is a country full of world-renowned delicacies, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a sweet treat divinely simpler than the Nutella crepe. At this Gables café, the crepe can be customized with some fruit added to the mix. Suggestion: Go for the sprinkled peanuts instead. Tastes just like a French Snickers bar!
3. Nutella ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company
It's no secret Azucar makes the best ice cream in town. With unique flavors such as café con leche, champagne, and the signature abuela maria, it's no surprise this place makes a Nutella variety too. It's smooth, decadent, and almost as good as eating Nutella straight from the jar. Almost.
2. Nutella bacon doughnut from Mojo Donuts
Although located a bit north, in Hollywood, this doughnut shop is worth the drive. Mojo is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; arrive early if you want a good pick of its 20-plus gourmet flavors. If you get there in time, you'll be lucky to find the Nutella and bacon combo still available. A little salty and very sweet, it's the perfect way to start the morning with a jolt. Just don't blame us for the sugar crash later on.
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1. Nutella burger from the Filling Station
Gabby's D'Lorean burger is a the Filling Station's signature greasy patty, topped with Nutella, caramelized onions, and peppered bacon. It's served with the dive's signature fries and a craft beer. You probably shouldn't make plans afterward because you'll no doubt be incapacitated by the Nutella-induced food coma.
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