Miami’s Italian Food District Launches in Miami Beach

By: Greyceli Marin

Miami can be so overwhelmingly Miami sometimes that it’s nice to teleport to a different landscape, if even for a few hours. Centro Storico will be our “Affordable version” of Eataly, according to owner and renown Atlanta restauranteur Giovanni Di Palma. The district will feature four concepts including Antico Pizza, Gio’s Chicken, Bar Amalfi and Cafe Antico.

Antico Pizza was the first to debut in early December, and it introduced something Miami residents are no strangers to: late night pizza. Although there’s no shortage of good pizza joints, you can never have too many options, especially at 2 a.m. (which is how late Antico eventually plans to stay open).

The experience begins at the window on the well-known corner of 11th and Collins, home to the former Iconic David’s Cafe. Orders are placed at the window and the Neapolitan-style pizzas are made fresh to order on a custom 900 degree wood burning oven. Antico’s signature pie is the (award winning) San Gennaro, topped with Italian sausage, sweet peppers and buffalo mozzarella. Other pies include traditional Neapolitan, lasagna and a variety of white pizzas.

The Centro’s other concepts will offer simplistic Neapolitan fare. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, just a room away from Antico, features ten styles of chicken and pastas. The Pasticceria  will serve homemade gelatos, espressos and fresh Italian pastries. And Bar Amalfi, the intimate cocktail lounge, will tie it all together. All pastas and cheeses are sourced from Italy, staying true to the Centro’s traditional origin.

Centro Storico is open 7 days a week, serving coffee beginning at 7 a.m. and pizza at 11 a.m. Stay tuned for more updates.