Cipriani Downtown Miami Opens Friday: We Get a First Look (Photos)

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The restaurant, located in Icon Brickell Miami, is a stunner. Decorated by Florentine architect Michele Bonan, it has a nautical theme, complete with portholes at the bar and windows that seem to bring the river into the dining room.

There's also a glamour that many Miami restaurants, as stylish as they may be, lack. Enter and be transported wherever your fantasies will take you. Some will see a fabulous yacht circa Jay Gatsby; some will see Don Draper seducing a lover or a client; some will see Hemingway hobnobbing with Lauren Bacall.

While the restaurant is not yet open, waiters in crisp white jackets attended to the few guests, mostly friends of the Cipriani family, eager to refill a glass, answer a question, possibly suggest a Bellini.

Though founder Guiseppe Cipriani has since passed, three younger generations of Ciprianis are still very much hands-on owner/operators. The restaurants are famous for attracting writers, actors, models, royalty, and captains of industry as well as regular people. They are also famous for being the birthplace of both the Bellini and carpaccio, both created by Guiseppe Cipriani.

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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.
Contact: Laine Doss