North of Wynwood and the Design District, a massive two-story Italian-inspired restaurant and rooftop bar opens next week.
Located in the recently developed Upper Buena Vista — a charming acre of land home to a crop of new restaurants including a 500-square-foot French café and a Colombian street-food joint — Vista offers an expansive all-day menu, with highlights such as poblano pesto gnocchi and snapper a la plancha.
Created by Roberto Bearzi and Fiorella Blanco — the husband-and-wife duo behind downtown Miami's Fratelli Milano — the restaurant, whose name means “view” in Spanish and Italian, reflects the owners' goal to introduce Miami to a new kind of Italian cuisine with Latin flavor.
The menu includes a "charcuterie and cheese" section listing prosciutto, salami, parmigiano, marinated olives, and seasonal jam. Then there's a "baked and toasted" section, which offers flatbread topped with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions ($13), tomato toast layered with Sun Fresh Farm heirloom tomatoes and microbasil ($10), and seasonal roasted vegetables and stracciatella on a slice of ciabatta ($13).
Other small plates and appetizers include the fisherman crudo, served with a mango salad ($15); octopus with baby potatoes, romesco, squash purée, and chorizo oil ($18); and grilled peach salad with stracciatella and toasted pine nuts ($11).
As for pasta, look out for pesto gnocchi with poblano peppers, mint, and pistachio ($16); a rotating risotto ($18); and eggplant rigatoni with sausage and ricotta salata in a cherry tomato sauce ($16). Main courses include a half roasted chicken ($20); an eight-ounce burger packed with mushrooms, avocado, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomato spread ($16); and veal chop milanesa ($38).
For dessert, Vista offers chocolate soufflé, tiramisu, mango cheesecake, and crème brûlée with vanilla custard and hard caramel ($8 to $9). There are also chocolate chip cookies served with warm milk or scoops of chocolate, lemon, mango, or vanilla gelato ($3 to $4).
In addition to offering large indoor and outdoor dining areas, Vista boasts the neighborhood's first rooftop bar. When it opens sometime this fall, dine on flatbreads, charcuterie, and cheeses, as well as chicken wings and croquettes.
Vista. 5020 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-405-7547; vistabv.com. Expected to open the first week of August.