Miami's Best Dish: MC Kitchen's Artichoke Heart Bruschetta

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

If I were forced to pick just one favorite dish in Miami, it would have to be the artichoke heart bruschetta at MC Kitchen ($26).

The antipasti has five components, beginning with lightly charred ciabatta infused with rosemary and olive oil. The bread is then crowned with a fresh artichoke heart that envelopes a poached egg. Sound good? Wait, it gets better. Executive chef and co-owner Dena Marino then dusts the starter with black truffle shavings and drips a Parmigiano-Reggiano cream sauce over it.

See also: Bahamian Pot in Liberty City: Try the Conch and Souse

Once someone pierces the egg, you can take that first unforgettable bite. I advise you not to talk, but rather to pay careful attention so as to get all of the elements on your fork. It's a rich dish --- taste-wise --- and price wise. But trust me when I say you'll be fighting with your table mates over who gets to soak up the last creamy morsel.

The idea for the artichoke heart bruschetta came to Marino sometime between 1999 and 2010, while she was working in Aspen, Colorado. She can't recall exactly when, only that it was white truffle season and she wanted to create a menu item incorporating fresh artichokes.

Since opening her acclaimed Design District restaurant with Brandy Coletta in 2012, Marino has continued selling lots of the bruschetta. It is often tied with the roasted octopus and fig pizzetta. Marino says they average between 40-45 orders per day of the antipasti, which can easily serve as a main for one.

Like Marino, I adore artichokes, and bread and eggs happen to be two other foods I can't get enough of. However, what makes this bruschetta stand out is how effortlessly the various flavors blend together and the multitude of textures and tastes in each bite.

The bread brings the crunch, while the artichoke's slight tanginess plays nicely with the rich cream sauce and intense aroma of black truffles. Meanwhile, the eggs drippings further enhance the liquid and soak into the ciabatta bread, which by the way becomes resoundingly tastier the gooier it gets.

Here is a dish I count on to wow out of town family and friends, or to cheer up my husband after a rough day at work. It does the trick every time. Clearly I'm a big fan of Marino's gimmick-free modern Italian cuisine. And I'm always amazed by how consistently on point the artichoke heart bruschetta is. Put simply, it's perfect.

Oh, and do yourself a favor and don't leave without ordering the tiramisu.

See also: This is why Lucali's meatballs are so ridiculously good.

Follow Valeria Nekhim on Twitter & Instagram

Follow Short Order on Facebook, Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.