Closer Look: Thea Pizzeria in Allapattah

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Bill Wisser
At Thea Pizzeria and Café, rays of sunlight filter through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. They warm the petite 38-seat café and illuminate scattered pizzas sprinkled with emerald leaves of baby arugula. Across from the window, a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural made in Italy by luxury design brand Bisazza depicts pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils. Luminous streams bounce from the gleaming mosaic onto several copper pendant Tom Dixon-like lamps suspended over sleek black tables and chairs. At the cozy restaurant, which opened in September, the music ranges from Etta James's "At Last" to Nina Simone's "I Put a Spell on You." The pungent aroma of truffle oil wafts from the kitchen into the chic dining area.

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