Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

All photos by Laine Doss
Bocce Bar is now open.
Bocce Bar, the much-anticipated Italian concept from Samba Brands Management, opened this past Friday, and Short Order was invited for a taste.

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.

See also: Timon Balloo on Bocce Bar: "I Have a Deep Infatuation With Italian Cuisine"

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).

Think of nduja as spreadable salami. This pork spread is a spicier alternative to pâté, served with giardiniera, marmalade, and Italian flatbread. It's one of several salumi offered on the menu ($7).

Location Info

Bocce Bar

3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

making Midtown hip is like turning a hoe into a housewife...

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

Well no one complained about Ross..Marshalls and Target (the classy Walmart)

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Let's hope they find a new location before the Wal Mart crowd begins to destroy the area.....

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