Contessa from Miami Open Major Food Group

Major Food Group has struck again. The team behind hotspots Carbone, ZZ’s, Sadelle’s and Dirty French are launching their latest Miami restaurant, Contessa, a chic two-story restaurant in the Miami Design District focused on Northern Italian cuisine this weekend.

The downstairs dining room at the Contessa Miami.

This is the second location for Contessa, which made its Boston debut in 2021. At Contessa Miami, guests can start the meal with one of many antipasto entrees, including Chianina Beef Carpaccio, Carpaccio squash and proscuitto. Of course, several kinds of decadent pasta can be found on the menu, such as spicy lobster capellini, tortellini in broth, rigatoni carbonara, fusilli Genovese and rigatoni carbonara. Appetizers include options like grilled branzino, a classic veal Milanese, and a 40-ounce dry-aged bistecca Fiorentina. A range of desserts, including gelato and pistachio, amaretto, and chocolate gianduja cakes, complete the meal.

The upstairs dining room at the Contessa Miami.

The drinks program focuses on classics by Nomad Hotel Group alumnus Nathan McCarley O’Neill. Think crowd favorites like the spritz, Bellini, vesper, negroni and a chilled martini. The wine program focuses on vintages from central and northern Italy, focusing on nebbiolo-based wines from Barolo, Barbaresco, Alte-Piedmont and Lombardy.

outdoor patio with white chairs and tables.

The Contessa Miami’s outdoor dining area.

The two-story restaurant is meant to “transport guests to Lake Como circa 1960”. The first floor features emerald striped curtains, jewel-toned Art Deco marble flooring, pink Venetian plaster walls, Italian Murano light fixtures, and bespoke furnishings. A grand, curved staircase takes guests upstairs to the equally elaborate upstairs dining room, with high-gloss teal wall accents and gilt antique mirrors offset by herringbone-patterned flooring. Custom silk pendant lights frame each booth, while the curved bar with embossed leather panels contrasts the pink palm chandelier and wall sconces.

Contessa opens Friday, October 28 at 111 NE 41st Street in the Miami Design District. It is open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit here.

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