2015 is off to a pretty good (and filling) start. In just one week, we've seen two much-anticipated taprooms open, the booziest of all brunches kick off, and uncovered a star pizza in a clandestine South Beach office building.
But that's just the beginning. We still have 353 days left in the year, which means lots of chances to eat, drink, and be merry. Start your week off with some Italian by checking out the Design District's newest eatery then keep it going with a Negroni and meatball happy hour. Take in some culture and dinner with Ted's at YoungArts, and get your health kick with the opening of Whole Foods downtown store.
Ready, set, eat!
Pizza and pasta at Campania
The owners of Sardinia have crossed the bridge and opened up shop in the Design District -- only they've brought the cuisine of the Amalfi Coast and Naples this time. A custom-made pizza oven fires out fresh pies, calzones, saltimbocca, and a mélange of shrimp, calamari and rock fish. Dinner service is from 4 to 11 p.m. and proffers an array of pastas. Think raviolini caprese ($17), lasagna alla Napolitana ($16), and spaghetti alla puttanesca ($14). New Year's resolutions are so last week.
Cecconi's happy hour makes a come back
If you were lucky enough to try Cecconi's 4-to-7 happy hour the first time around, then you'll be glad to know it's back and not just limited to the bar area. That means you can grab a seat at any of the tables in the enchanted Soho Beach House courtyard and order up burrata, meatballs, eggplant caponata, bruschetta, fries with parmesan cheese and truffle, and fried calamari. Wash it down with a Negroni, spritz, Prosecco, bellini or Peroni. The best part? All items are priced at either $4 or $7. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Whole Foods Downtown Opens
Miami can always use one more Whole Foods. Slowly but surely, the health-forward grocery store is taking over, and we couldn't be more excited about the opening of their 22nd outpost this Wednesday. At 41,000 square feet, Whole Foods downtown boasts a soup bar with 26 daily selections, an in-house Jugo Fresh, and a café with indoor/outdoor seating. Can't believe it? Check it out for yourself this Wednesday when the store opens at 7:30 a.m. The first 500 customers in line will receive mystery gift cards, valued at $5, $10, $20 or $50, with one card valued at $500. It pays to eat healthy.
Ted's at National YoungArts Foundation
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You'd like to check out some live music but also get in a nice and somewhat light meal. Kill two birds with one visit to Ted's. Located at YoungArts, Ted's was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and proffers food by Stephen Starr (Makoto & Verde). Think Key West shrimp ceviche, tuna tartare, and chilled soba noodle salad. Pairs excellent with a chocolate martini (they've got those too) and some live jazz or guitar, courtesy of rotating YoungArts alum.
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