Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo and her husband Frank own Talula (23rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). They've been working together since they met while working together at Tribeca Grill in New York City.
Here's a story Andrea tells about a fight she witnessed while working as Frank's Sous Chef at The Heights Restaurant in Coral Gables:
This is way back when I was a sous chef in Coral Gables. There was a Haitian guy and a guy who had been in the Sandinista Army when he was like 15. Where are they from? Nicaragua. So it was a Haitian and a Nicaraguan guy and they just hated each other. So one day they're arguing and the Haitian guy pulled one of my knives and was chasing the Sandinista in the lot out back of the kitchen.
None of the guys who worked there did anything. They just stood there and watched. So me, being stupid, I jumped on the Haitian guy's back. I didn't wanna see anybody get stabbed on my watch.
So then, two guys from the Italian place next door came out and helped me break
up the fight. But as soon as we get the knife out of the picture, the Sandinista just starts beating the shit out of the other guy like bam, bam, bam, really bloody.
That was back in the day. A kitchen is a dangerous place to get in a fight. Lots of knives, heat, fire, oil.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.