MC Kitchen to Open Next Week: What Dena Marino is Most Excited About

Dena Marino and partner Brandy Coletta have been working on MC Kitchen for about six months now.

The Design District restaurant in the former Fratelli Lyon space, featuring modern Italian cuisine, has been completely reworked from the ground up, as evidenced by the restaurant's "demolition" photo gallery on its Facebook page.

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Marino, who is targeting a November 15 opening date, "Miami willing", is clearly excited about her new venture. When we caught up with her, the chef apologized for her speed-talk, "I'm at the point where I'm really giddy."

Marino, who didn't have a finalized menu to share with us just yet,

still managed to get our attention when she mentioned her plans for the

restaurant's wood-burning oven. "I'm excited about baking a lot of

non-pizza dishes in that oven, like baked pastas. You know, with the

crunchy, kinda burnt edges?"

In addition to an extensive dinner

menu, MC Kitchen will also serve lunch, including a large selection of

salads, fish, and oven-baked piadinas (Pia-Denas), flatbreads topped with cheese, meat, and vegetables that are meant to be folded over and eaten with your hands.

The chef is also

looking forward to sharing the decor with patrons, "I'm super

excited about everyone seeing the transformed space."

But what

Marino is anticipating the most is interacting with guests at the

12-seat chef's bar, adjacent to the oven. "I have to tell you -- I'm

just a little nervous to see who's going to be the first people to eat

at the bar."

We'll volunteer to be one of the first dozen!

MC Kitchen will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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