Italian chain North Italia will churn out brick-oven pizza and house-made pasta in Mary Brickell Village beginning this fall. The restaurant, which joins more than a dozen other locations across the nation, will be the first in Florida.
Created in 2002 by James Beard Award semifinalist Sam Fox, North Italia falls under his Fox Restaurant Group, which runs more than 50 concepts across the country, including wine and burger bar Zinburger and Boca Raton's health-focused True Food Kitchen.
"When we opened True Food Kitchen in Boca, we really felt like we were a part of the neighborhood and appreciated the warm welcome of the local community," Fox says. "We’re looking forward to enjoying the same close relationship between our neighbors in Brickell with North Italia.”
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In Brickell, the restaurant will serve a roster of pizzas, pasta, seafood, meats, and small plates such as Italian meatballs and tomato with burrata for lunch and dinner. An exact lineup with prices has not been released for the Brickell outpost, but other locations charge $10 to $20 a plate depending upon the size.
Two of the chain's standout items are bolognese, made with meat sauce, handmade tagliatelle noodles, and Grana Padano cheese, and the bacon and egg pizza, topped with grilled asparagus, roasted potato, garlic confit, and rosemary.
The restaurant's menu will be complemented by its cocktail offerings, including the I.G.T., made with Dimmi Liquore di Milano, lemon zest, and basil; the Rosemary and Lime, containing Ketel One, rosemary, Angostura bitters, and smashed lime; and the Red Sangria, with brandy, blood orange, red wine, strawberry, and lime. The Brickell location will also offer local beers and a wine list of red, white, and sparkling from Italy.
North Italia. 900 S. Miami Ave., #111, Miami; northitaliarestaurant.com. Opening fall 2018.