Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Dolce Italian Anniversary, Knife Fight, and Cuban Cocktails

It's a busy week for Miami's foodies, with a medley of events happening around town. Dolce Italian is celebrating its third anniversary with a three-course wine-paired menu tonight through Sunday. Terrazzo at the Shore Club's Chef's Table series is back with a Thanksgiving-style feast tonight. And Katsuya is debuting Sake Mondays with half-off bottles of sake all night long.

The Delano is bringing back its poolside dinner and dance party under the stars Tuesday night, and Meat Market is hosting a screening party of Knife Fight featuring its executive chef/co-owner Sean Brasel. Head to Mina's Wednesday night for its first PLAYte, a dinner-theater experience. Afterward, take a liquid journey through Latin America at Coya with five local bartenders, each creating a cocktail based on a different country. End the week with mixologist and Cuban Cocktails author Jane Danger as she demos three cocktails from her book at the Bookstore in the Grove. Or head to La Mar by Gaston Acurio inside the Mandarin Oriental for an early Thanksgiving, with new holiday-inspired dishes available through November 26.


Celebrate Three Years of Dolce Italian
Dolce Italian's third-anniversary party starts today and continues through the end of the week, with an elaborate five-course prix-fixe menu. For $75 per person, guests will indulge in food and wine pairings selected by executive chef Paolo Dorigato. Diners can expect dishes such as fresh burrata, seared branzino with leeks and butternut squash, and veal “Spezzatino” with risotto alla parmigiana and gremolata. For dessert, expect a butterscotch-and-salted-caramel Budino. Following dinner, guests are invited to enjoy the cocktail of the week on the house at either Rec Room or the Regent Cocktail Club. Offer is available through November 22.

Thanksgiving at the Chef's Table at Terrazza at Shore Club
In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Terrazza at Shore Club will hold a special Thanksgiving-themed edition of a Chef's Table tonight. Unlike most family-style Thanksgiving dinners, Chef's Table will take guests through Thanksgiving dinner course-by-course for an intimate and interactive experience. Guests will have direct access to chef Steve Rhee as he prepares nine courses, including pumpkin purée soup with Parmesan, bacon, and chives, and turkey roulade with pine nuts, cranberries, and creamed kale. Space is limited to 12 seats. Call 305-695-3226 for reservations.

Sake Mondays Launches at Katsuya South Beach 
Katsuya is launching Sake Monday tonight. From now on, the South Beach eatery will offer half-priced bottles of sake on Mondays. Every type of sake is up for grabs at a discounted price. Pair it with a classic roll like spicy tuna, California, salmon skin, or yellowtail, or choose something more creative, like a baked shrimp roll, a rock shrimp tempura roll, or a sunset roll of freshwater eel. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.


Tuesday Night Dinner Party at the Delano 
Dine and dance poolside under the stars this Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Dinner specials range from grilled octopus and tomahawk rib eye to a medley of salads such as burrata and prosciutto and heirloom tomato, as well as the chef’s daily selection of oysters and sushi rolls, including California and spicy tuna. For dinner and cabana reservations, call 305 674-5752. 

Knife Fight Screening at Meat Market
Meat Market’s executive chef/co-owner Sean Brasel is competing on this season’s Knife Fight on the Esquire Network. The episode airs tonight, and to celebrate, Meat Market will host a viewing party with complimentary bites and drinks inspired by dishes from the episode. Guests can also take advantage of Meat Market's happy-hour pricing of martinis, cocktails, and wines by the glass during the watch party. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the viewing begins at 9.


PLAYte, A Play-Reading Dinner at Mina's Mediterraneo
New Theatre and Mina's Mediterraneo joined forces to create PLAYte, a dinner-theater experience. For $45, diners will sip wine and dine on a chef-selected three-course meal on the restaurant's terrace. After the reading, guests will be invited to participate in a play-chat with the reader. This week's reading will be Franz and Albert by Mario Diamond, and future readings will happen every third Wednesday of the month. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with the reading following at 7:30. For tickets or more information, visit new-theatre.org

A Liquid Journey Through Latin America at Coya
This Wednesday, Coya is launching its Liquid Journey series at its pisco bar. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., four local bartenders, along with Coya's beverage director, Maria Pottage, will craft a signature cocktail that represents a region of Latin America. Albert Fuentes of Cantina La Veninte will be the guide to Mexico through mescal, Melissa Welcher of Michael's Genuine will be the guide to Panama through rum, Damon Roseberry of the Broken Shaker will be the guide to Venezuela through rum, Milan Mijatovic of Wynwood Diner will be the guide to Brazil through cachaça, and Pottage will be the guide to Peru through pisco. Guests can also enjoy complimentary canapes and live music by Flamenco Duo. For the following five weeks, one explorers’ cocktail will be featured as the “cocktail of the week” at Coya. Every $1 sold per cocktail of the week will be given to a local charity selected by the bartender who created the featured drink. 


Happy Hour and Cocktail Demonstration at the Bookstore in the Grove
From 7 to 9 p.m., watch mixologist and Cuban Cocktails author Jane Danger demo three of her famous cocktails: the rum old-fashioned, El Floridita No. 3, and the Honey Badger, followed by a cocktail hour of drinks and appetizers. Each cocktail will be paired with appetizers to complement the drinks' flavors. Small bites include mango and Brie empanadas, ham croquetas, and coconut shrimp with spicy pineapple sauce. The cost is $25 per person to attend, and reservations can be made by calling 305-443-2855 or simply paying at the entrance.

Thanksgiving-Style Dishes at La Mar
Have a Peruvian-style Thanksgiving meal a few days early at La Mar by Gaston Acurio inside the Mandarin Oriental. Indulge in dishes served à la carte, including rocoto relleno, a shrimp stew with ahi panca, pecans, cranberries, and sweet potato gratin; jumbo wings finished on the anticucho grill; cebiche de pato, with orange, red onions, ají amarillo, turmeric, and rice; and Peruvian chocolate cheesecake or carmelized pecan tart with pumpkin, dulce de leche, and baked-apple ice cream. Dinner will be served from 6 to 11 p.m.  For more information and reservations, call 305-913 8358 or visit mandarinoriental.com/miami.

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