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New Restaurants to Try This Week: Casa Bufala, the Crown, and Level 6

Casa Bufala has opened in Miami Beach.
Casa Bufala has opened in Miami Beach. Photo by Gyorgy Papp
Miami's latest round of openings includes a restaurant from the owner of longtime Miami Beach restaurant Fratelli La Bufala, a rooftop lounge serving Spanish cuisine in Coconut Grove, and a Coral Gables establishment with homemade pasta and decadent risotto.

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Casa Bufala lobster gnocchi
Photo by Gyorgy Papp

Casa Bufala

1874 Bay Rd., Miami Beach
305-397-8264
casa-bufala.com
Restaurateur Luca D'Angelo, one of the founders of Miami Beach's first Neapolitan pizzerias, Fratelli La Bufala, has opened a new restaurant in the city's Sunset Harbor neighborhood. The new space, Casa Bufala, delivers D'Angelo's take on a modern trattoria and pizzeria that showcases Italian comfort fare like lightly fried, stuffed zucchini flowers with creamy lemon ricotta, and homemade ricotta cheese gnocchi served with lobster. The menu also features wood-fired pizzas, freshly prepared in-house with buffalo mozzarella. For imbibers, an expansive list of cocktails highlights Italian liqueurs, from the "Amalfi Breeze" made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, tonic water, lemon juice, and fresh rosemary to the "Hugo Spritz," a dark spritz made with elderberry syrup, prosecco, soda water, cucumber, and mint. Monday through Sunday noon to 11 p.m.
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Risotto alla zucca e lampone from the Crown
The Crown photo

The Crown Pasta and Risotto

271 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305-614-1378
thecrownrest.com
A new restaurant led by chefs Jhonny Delgado and Adolfo Pucci has opened in Coral Gables. Known as the Crown, the restaurant's menu presents the regional fare of the Mediterranean, married with classic European dishes prepared using local ingredients. A meal begins with creative starters like a stracciatella casserole before moving on to housemade pasta, gnocchi, and risotto. Desserts are a pastry lover's dream, from the homemade baklava Napoleon — crispy pistachios and walnut phyllo with orange blossom pastry cream and rose syrup — to a three-layer chocolate cake flavored with Diplomatico rum and passionfruit caramel. Tuesday and Wednesday 4 to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday 4 to 11 p.m.
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Level 6 has opened in Coconut Grove.
Photo by Brandon Barré

Level 6

3480 Main Hwy., Miami
786-800-2080
level6miami.com
Ink Entertainment Group, whose brands include Akira Back, Amal, and Byblos, has opened its newest restaurant and lounge rooftop concept, Level 6. Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, the venue offers views of Miami and Biscayne Bay from an inviting rooftop escape perched on the sixth floor above Amal. The 4,000-square-foot space functions as a lounge and restaurant, with a menu that offers elevated Spanish cuisine, curated music and entertainment programming, and handcrafted cocktails. Featured menu highlights include Spanish charcuterie with sourdough bread, ibérico chorizo, ibérico salchichón, pickles, crème fraîche, tuna tartare with avocado, lavosh crackers, truffle and crème fraiche, and paella de mariscos made with Argentinian shrimp, langoustine, clams, and lemon. Signature cocktails are infused with flavors from local herbs and fruits, and there's a robust selection of rosé and sparkling wine options. Sunday through Wednesday 5 p.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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