Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite
Bocce Bar, the much-anticipated Italian concept from Samba Brands Management, opened this past Friday, and Short Order was invited for a taste.
All photos by Laine Doss Bocce Bar is now open.
The restaurant décor, in the former Sustain space in midtown, captures Italy's duality of clean, modern drama and classic, rustic style. A giant lit Bocce Bar sign welcomes patrons at street level. It's also the back of the bistro/enoteca's outdoor bocce court (so far, only a few people have taken the restaurant up on its offer to "eat, drink, play").
Chef Timon Ballo's menu is heavy on antipasti, salumi, and formaggi, encouraging Miamians to share food and conversation, which should be easily aided by a few barrel-aged Negronis created by Richard Woods, head of Samba Brands' spirit and cocktail development program.
Grilled treviso with shaved pecorino and fig balsamic is a wonderful alternative to a traditional salad. This Italian cousin of radicchio is slightly bitter and pairs well with the sweet balsamic and sharp cheese ($9).