Donna Mare
Donna Mare
Photo by Dylan Rives

Donna Mare and Bungalow by the Sea to Open at the Historic Cadillac Hotel

Miami Beach's love affair with rosé is about to reach a higher level. Bungalow by the Sea is set to open with what is said to be the largest rosé selection on the Beach.

Bungalow by the Sea is one of two spots debuting this summer at the redesigned Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Mid-Beach. The other concept, Donna Mare, is a trattoria serving traditional Italian fare, seafood, and Neapolitan pizzas.

Bungalow by the Sea's main attraction will likely be its large selection of rosé, including rosé flights and granitas. The lounge will also offer morning juices, coffee drinks, and house-made pastries. In the afternoon, the menu will offer light dishes meant to be enjoyed alfresco. A raw bar will stock oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp, and ceviche, and a wood-fired oven will churn out pizzas. The lounge will also host a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with barbecue, spritzers, and live entertainment. Prices and a full menu are not yet available.

Chef Manuel Mattei will oversee Donna Mare. He brings specialties from his home in Italy's Lombardy region. "Growing up in Italy," he says, "there was no greater joy than cooking in the kitchen alongside my mama, and now I am excited to bring her influence to Miami Beach. Just as in Italy, we will be utilizing the freshest fish and ingredients available each day.”

Menu items will include locally caught fish, hearty pastas made from scratch, and Neapolitan pizzas. Guests can finish their meal with house-made limoncello. The restaurant will also offer a European-inspired breakfast menu with muesli, charcuterie, hard and soft cheeses, and fruit bowls.

The 70-year-old, 357-room Cadillac has been renovated to highlight its original art deco charm. Though no formal opening date has been announced, reservations will be available beginning June 7.

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club. Opening summer 2018 at 3925 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-3373; cadillachotelmiamibeach.com.

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