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MC Kitchen in Design District Opens

A transfusion of new blood is being pumped into the Design District with the opening of several new restaurants, including

MC Kitchen

.

Partners Dena Marino and Brandy Coleta have been working on the former Fratelli Lyon space for about six months, renovating from the ground up and installing a large wood-burning oven where most of the items will be baked.

The lunch menu consists mostly of salads and piadenas, which can be described as a marriage of pizza and a luna. Piadena varieties include crispy spicy shrimp with jícama carrot slaw, avocado spread, and halved roasted lemon ($17); marinated grilled chicken "PLT" with avocado, pancetta, lettuce, tomato, and lemon aioli ($15); caesar chopped romaine, croutons, parmigiano, roasted garlic paste, and creamy anchovy dressing ($13); and grilled skirt steak with peppers, onion, mushrooms, oregano, tomato conserva, and mozzarella ($16).

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Dinner antipastos include head-on langostines with creamy polenta and serrano chile, stone oven-roasted octopus with nero risotto forma ($17), and whipped roasted squash-filled burrata ($15).

Pastas include spaghetti with sautéed Florida prawns and tomato conserva arribiatta

($23); oven-baked spinach lasagna

with creamy béchamel and house-made fennel sausage

($16); pumpkin tortelloni

with braised Florida rabbit ragu, tuscan cabbage,

house-made ricotta, and balsamic drizzle

($23);

and garganelli Bolognese

with ground veal, venison, pork, and porcini mushrooms

($18).

A selection of steaks and chops, many grilled in the wood-burning oven, are also available. Guests can eat in the dining room or at the 12-seat chef's bar adjacent to the wood-burning oven.

MC Kitchen is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving lunch and dinner.

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