Coral Gables is set to get some of Miami-Dade's best pasta.
Macchialina, the Italian concept by James Beard Award semifinalist Michael Pirolo, plans to open a second restaurant, at Alhambra Towers in the City Beautiful.
The real-estate firm the Allen Morris Company announced the restaurant recently signed a lease for a space at Alhambra Towers. Located at 121 Alhambra Plaza, the building boasts a back-up generator, hurricane-proof windows, and an Energy Star certification. It's the world headquarters for Del Monte, the Bacardi North America Regional Office, and home to more than 150 regional and Latin American multinational corporations, according to the Allen Morris website.
Macchialina Coral Gables will be exponentially larger than the intimate flagship in South Beach. The new location will occupy 5,400 square feet and offer a 3,000-square-foot patio.
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Pirolo confirmed the news, saying that the opening was "still a ways away" but that he was "excited to be joining the community out there." He did not give an expected opening date.
No word yet whether the menu will incorporate new dishes.
Macchialina Coral Gables. 121 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables; macchialina.com. Opening date to be announced.