January 28, 2023

Sofia, Excellent for a Vacation Dinner

Picture by Brandon Barre

Once I heard that INK Leisure, the Canadian powerhouse group behind favorites Byblos, Amal and Degree 6 Rooftop have been opening Sofia Miami,  an Italian restaurant within the Palm Courtroom of the Design District, I knew it might be a winner. And certainly it’s, from the stylish glamorous European design in jewel tones and refined Italian fare to the superb service and up to date artwork gracing the partitions. There’s a beautiful out of doors space too, imagined as a secret backyard, with flamingo pink lacquered items, teak furnishings, modernized peacock chairs and rose umbrellas. It’s an ideal place for the vacations, take pleasure in an exquisite meal after which take pleasure in all the style eye sweet with some window procuring!

Celebrating our mutual birthday

First, extra concerning the décor, so beautiful that it deserves particular point out. The colour scheme combines a chic rose pink and amethyst, with white Murano glass chandeliers and spherical columns sheathed in chrome. Strategically positioned on the curved partitions framed by glossy pink leather-based upholstery are Warhol like portraits of Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn by Russell Younger, a part of a rotating artwork assortment, which is able to freshen quarterly all through the venue, and obtainable for buy. Most tables host teams of 4 with their plush velvet chairs that appear to be they’re out of Architectural Digest. A big wrap round bar entices with its glittering lights.

Picture by Brandon Barre


The menu isn’t giant however effectively curated.It’s divided into crudo, antipasti, pasta, shellfish and fish,  meat, sides and dessert. The whole lot we ate was uniformly scrumptious. We began with the Tonno 24,  skinny slices of excessive grade uncooked ahi tuna,  on high of a light-weight and refreshing sauce with basil, bergamon aioli, gooseberry an d pickled celery. The tuna was very recent, the preparation completely different from what you discover.

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Tonno 24


Subsequent up was a to not be missed rigatoni alla vodka. The pasta was completely al dente, expertly seasoned with Calabrian chili giving it a contact of a kick, the tomato/vodka sauce made with tomato, cream, and 36 month previous parmigiano Reggiano. It had simply the correct amount of sauce, not overwhelming the pasta. It was recent and flavorful ($28).

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Rigatoni alla vodka

For a fundamental course we opted for the branzino 48, an entire branzino served with roasted yellow tomato, and dill oil ($48) and the veal Milanese,a bone in veal chop with lemon caper butter, cherry tomato and arugula. It was calmly fried and laborious to search out higher in Italy ($62).  For sides, I extremely advocate the brussel sprouts with pear puree, prosciutto and parsley ($16). Even your youngsters who don’t like greens will like these.

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Branzino 48

Subsequent time I’d wish to attempt the Bistecca 68.

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Desserts are the basic Italian favorites together with formaggio e fichi –cheese and figs with orange marmadalde and crackers ($22). The dessert to get is the torta al ciocollato. The creaminess and wealthy style of the  chocolate mousse and milk ice cream with a contact of caramel sauce on the facet contrasted superbly with the crunch of the praline feuilletine, a type of very skinny chocolate stick (($15).

Torta all ciocollato

Sofia’s cocktail program is a medley of signature drinks with an Italian twist, names like Vita Esotica, Appasionata , and Verde Esperanza)($19 to $25). There’s a big wine listing together with a collection of critical champagnes. A glass of wine (5 ounce pour) begins at $14 and a bottle at $65 and goes as much as 5 figures for the prized Petrus crimson wine.

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Apassionata cocktail

Service is pleasant {and professional}. Remember to ask for Paul. He’s wonderful.


Sofia Miami is open seven days every week for dinner service beginning at 5pm, Monday – Saturday for lunch 11:30 a.m. to three:30 p.m, and Sunday brunch 11:30a.m. to – 3:30p.m. There’s a DJ on weekends. Be aware the music picks up beginning at 9 p.m. Sofia Miami Design District is situated at 140 NE thirty ninth avenue St #133 Miami FL, 33137. For extra info and upcoming bulletins, go to: sofiamiamidd.com. Comply with Sofia on social: @sofiamiamidd.