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Cafe Babbo: Italian Wood-Fired Pizza Coming to the Heart of Wynwood

Cafe Babbo, a new Italian cafe and wine bar, is set to open in the next few weeks -- right in Wynwood.

The cafe, located at 97 NW 25th Street, is the brainchild of partners Antonio Chia and Alessandro Pazzaglia, childhood friends who have a combined passion for both good, hearty cuisine and art, and are eager to share it with Miami.

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The intimate restaurant seats about 50 people and combines classic Italian style elements and art. A wood burning oven, emblazoned with the restaurant's mascot, Babbo, on it. Babbo, by the way, is a way of saying father in Italian. Another Babbo, this time a life-size sculpture of a primitive-yet-sophisticated man, greets guests at the door, wearing a jaunty fedora.

Other decor highlights include a fully operational vintage 1961 cappuccino machine from Italy and an authentic 1961 Fiat Cinquecento, which will be parked outside.

The menu will be based on authentic recipes from Alessandro Pazzaglia's family, who own Fiaschetteria Italiana Caffe, a restaurant in Montalcino, Italy that was established in 1888. (Now that's staying power!)

Although a menu isn't set, expect Neapolitan-style pizzas fresh from the oven, wines specially imported for the restaurant from Castello Romitario (also in Montalcino), and a good selection of specialty beer -- including the nearly-impossible-to find Moretti La Rossa Beer.

Stay tuned for more information and a menu preview.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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