February 5, 2016 | 7:00am
This is the weekend sports fans have been waiting for. Sunday night is Super Bowl and if you've got a pulse, chances are you'll be parked in front of a television either at home or at a restaurant — beer in hand.
Pace yourself, because you've still got a lot of weekend to enjoy before the coin toss. You can check out Spasso, the new Coconut Grove Italian restaurant, grab a drink at Gulfstream Park's happy hour, tour some of Coral Gables' most opulent kitchens, or have fun on the farm.
Then, there's the big game. Whether you're gathering around the TV at home or want to find the best watch party — we've got you covered!
Weekend starts now!
Spasso Opens in Coconut Grove
Spasso, a new "rustic, simple, and brutally honest" restaurant, opened yesterday in the former Calamari space at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant, helmed by chef Gaetano, offers a msenu of Italian dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients and the finest meat from Chicago. The menu, divided into appetizers, salads, proteins, sides, homemade and imported pastas, handcrafted pizza and traditional desserts, offers dishes like asparagi ($9), steamed pencil asparagus, gorgonzola, boiled egg, and tomatoes drizzled with thyme dressing; polpettine ($10), beef and veal meatball with blond raisins and basil-infused tomato sauce; thin-crust Margherita pizza ($16); linguini with manila clams, baby calamari, tomatoes, and pine nuts (($18); orecchiette with oxtail meat, tomatoes, arugula, and parmesan ($16); and two types of rich risottos ($16-19). In addition, Spasso features a good selection of Italian wines and a full bar. Spasso is open for dinner nightly, with lunch and brunch following soon. For reservations, call 305-441-0219.
Happy Hour at Village at Gulfstream Park
If you're looking to kick off your weekend in a big way, the Village at Gulfstream Park is celebrating its monthly First Friday Happy Hour tonight, February 5. From 5 to 8 p.m., start the festivities at Rok:Brgr Burger Bar + Gastropub and enjoy live music, raffle prizes, drink specials, bar bites, and more.
Slow Food Miami's Sixth Snail Social
On Saturday, February 6, meet Slow Food Miami in Homestead for a roaming happy hour. Meet at Teena's Pride (20025 SW 270th St., Homestead) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a free tour of the farm. Then, it's off to Redlander Restaurant at Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery (30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead) from 5 to 7 p.m. for a happy hour. Snail Social Happy Hour appetizers and beer pairings will be offered at a discounted price, including beers selected by brewmaster Jacob Lindsay. Featured food and beer pairings include rustic spent grain bread with Gator Tail brown ale, pulled pork tacos with Vice IPA, Orange Is the New Sour guava wings with Berliner Weisse, and flourless chocolate torte with cafe con leche milk stout.
Coral Gables Community Foundation Hosts Seventh Annual Tour of Kitchens Fundraiser
On Saturday, February 6, tour ten of the most beautiful, decked-out kitchens in Coral Gables and get a major case of envy at the Seventh Annual Tour of Kitchens. The tour starts at 9 a.m. with a breakfast at Snaidero Kitchens + Design showroom (4110 Ponce de Leon Blvd.). At check-in, tour guests will receive a program booklet containing the tour map. You're free to visit all the homes in any order you like from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each home on the tour will offer bites from a popular restaurant including Whisk Gourmet, MesaMar Seafood & Table, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Bricktop’s, La Taberna Giralda, and the Culinary Arts Program students from Coral Gables Senior High School. The tour concludes with a closing prosecco-fueled event at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (4119 Ponce de Leon Blvd.) from 2 to 4 p.m. with desserts provided by the Salty Donut, Vixi Gelateria, and local Girl Scout Troop #941. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at gablesfoundation.org or by calling 305-446-9670.
Super Bowl Party at Home
On Sunday, February 7, all eyes turn to the television as the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. If you're having friends over to watch the game, take a gander at these chicken wing recipes from some of Miami's top chefs and restaurants. Each recipe is different — from spicy harissa wings to sweet and tangy Vietnamese style.
As a side, order some guac-to-go at Rosa Mexicano. The guac-to-go party pack comes with house-made tortillas and corn tortilla chips, and is available for delivery along with the restaurant's full menu. Guac-to-go costs $50 for every 10 people it serves (available for groups of any size, in multiples of 10) and orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Friday, February 5. To order, visit rosamexicano.com.
Miami's Best Super Bowl Watch Parties
If you'd rather watch the big game at a bar or restaurant and let other people do the cooking, check out this ultimate list of Super Bowl watch parties in Miami and take your pick from pool parties, bowling parties, sophisticated soirees, and extravaganzas.