Opened earlier this week, Zucca is a casual fine-dining restaurant and mixology bar specializing in classic Italian cuisine. The eatery is the brainchild of the Venezuelan hospitality duo Keiny and Erasmo Da Silva of Da Silva Hospitality Group. Already holding elite status in the dining industry, the group will finally open its first restaurant in the States after more than 60 years in business.
Erasmo Da Silva is building on his father’s legacy by expanding beyond Venezuela and saw Miami as the ideal locale for the group's first U.S. venture.
Daniel Levine, president of Leviathan Hospitality and budding Miami restaurateur, was charged with handpicking the next great bite for Hotel St. Michel. “Zucca is the perfect restaurant to round out Coral Gables’ casual fine-dining ecosystem,” Levine says. “With restaurants like Bulla, Hillstone, and Swine, diners now have options representing a wider range of cuisines where they can get high-quality food and service in a more comfortable atmosphere.”
Zucca’s pared-down, classic cuisine will appeal to diners who enjoy the comfort of affordably priced Italian fare in a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere. The menu highlights classics while delicately introducing distinct flavors for a modern twist. Begin with a charcuterie board with fresh-sliced prosciutto and other meats ($26). For dinner, there is no shortage of pasta, with dishes such as linguine with Sardinian bottarga ($21) and mezze lune di asparagi — half-moon-shaped ravioli stuffed with asparagus and served in a cherry tomato sauce ($21). Carnivores can try the bistecca alla fiorentina — a 32-ounce T-bone steak dry-aged for 21 days ($79 for two).
“Italy has a strong cocktail culture with a long history that hasn’t really been explored yet in Miami, and we look forward to putting that on full display at the Zucca Bar,” Levine says.
“The contemporary look of the restaurant complements the changes to the hotel and signals a new era for St. Michel,” the hotel's owner, Stuart Bornstein, says. “The hotel is now turning to a more contemporary feel, overlaying contemporary values on top of the historical values. The lobby, hallways, and several rooms were completed before the restaurant renovations begun and will continue as the restaurant develops. Obviously, the new restaurant will provide a wonderful addition to the hotel experience.”
Hotel St. Michel, 162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables; 786-580-3731; hotelstmichel.com/restaurant.html. Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday and Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.