Carla Pellegrino's Touche Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge: Intimate Dining Above E11even

All photos by Laine Doss
Chef Carla Pellegrino takes on Miami at Touché.
Simply watching Carla Pellegrino can be exhausting. Although diminutive, Pellegrino is nothing less than a force of nature.

A second after meeting, she asks if we've seen her dining room yet. Hearing no, she's off like a shot, ordering us to follow her at a near-run and gracefully avoiding a head-on collision with a server carrying a tray of bruschetta.

Pellegrino points out the intimate 50-seat dining area at her Touché Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge during last evening's sneak preview.

See also: Carla Pellegrino to Open Touche Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge at E11even

The dining room is an oasis of white inside E11even Miami, the 24/7 nightclub and nude cabaret that throbs below our feet. But Touché, located on the rooftop of the massive energy-filled club, feels like another planet altogether. A large outdoor lounge that seats about 220 people is divided into dozens of small seating areas and comes complete with a band shell, perfect for sipping prosecco and enjoying a balmy Miami evening. Walk through the lounge and you'll get to the above-mentioned dining room, where Pellegrino will serve traditional Italian dishes beginning April 3.

The chef says she's ready to tackle the seemingly impossible challenge of serving food for both her restaurant and the club, pointing out the small kitchen and taking us behind the scenes to the pristine prep area. She confides that she tried to move the walls, but that would have involved redoing the permitting process, so she'll make it work.

She tells us that providing food service to an establishment that never closes will be daunting. She has rented an apartment nearby and is prepared to live in Miami full-time for at least the first year while her sister takes charge of Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, Pellegrino's restaurant in Henderson, Nevada. The chef turns on a megawatt smile and says everything will be fantastic. After just ten minutes with Pellegrino, we're certain the fierce yet feminine chef can do all that and more -- while wearing six-inch stilettos. Here's a preview of what's in store for Miami when Pellegrino and Touché open in only a month.

Touché's outdoor lounge (with retractable roof) seats about 220 guests.

Location Info

Touche Rooftop Lounge and Restaurant

15 NE 11th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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James G. Camp
James G. Camp

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