La Centrale

By: Dana Rozansky

Like a fine wine, Brickell seems to be getting better with age. And do you know where some of the world’s best wines come from? ITALY. And do you know what’s about to open in Brickell this December? AN ITALIAN FOOD HALL.

See what I did there?

I’m way too excited to share the news that Miami’s FIRST Italian food hall, La Centrale, will be opening up shop in Brickell City Centre this December.

Here are just a few reasons I can’t wait to HALL my ass over there:

  • 40,000 square feet filled with authentic Italian eats
  • 14 different dining spaces
  • 1 dedicated kitchen event space for cooking classes, wine tastings and more
  • 1 cocktail and aperitivo bar
  • 1 Italian chocolate and gelato eatery
  • Countless items for purchase so you can bring the flavors of Italy home with you
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Waiting patiently for this Italian goldmine to plant itself in my neighborhood has been no easy feat. But someone must have heard my desperate cries for truffles and gelato, as I was recently invited to experience a sneak peak of all things ‘La Centrale’ at the home of Jacopo Giustiniani, one of the brains behind the operation.

Upon entering Jacopo’s home, I was immediately transported to Italy – from the music to the homemade negronis to the Italian appetizers on deck. After taking it all in (both literally and figuratively), it was time to take our seats at the long, rustic wooden table adorned with lemons and candlesticks. At this point, I knew I was in for a treat.

The La Centrale team shared with us that this project has been a dream of theirs for a long time, and it became increasingly evident throughout the night that they have completely poured their heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into this project. And boy, did it taste good.

As the waiters shaved truffles onto each person’s plate I thought to myself, “Can I come back here tomorrow night? And the next?” And as the server refilled my glass of wine for the 4th time I thought, “F it, I’m moving in.”

Now it’s time to take a gander at my Italian feast, prepared by the talented Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia.

WARNING: Photos may induce extreme hunger, cravings and an undeniable need for La Centrale to open in Brickell STAT.

  Arancini

Arancini

  Ceviche Siciliano with red snapper, cherry tomato, battuto di Pantelleria

Ceviche Siciliano with red snapper, cherry tomato, battuto di Pantelleria

  Risotto Tartufotto with white truffle

Risotto Tartufotto with white truffle

  Brasato amarone braised short rib with soft polenta

Brasato amarone braised short rib with soft polenta

   Budino with butterscotch pudding, cream, cantucci

 Budino with butterscotch pudding, cream, cantucci

All I can say is that if the food at La Centrale is half as good as my sneak peek experience, it’s certainly going to be the Centre of attention in Brickell.