Foodie Find: Osteria Morini

Now serving brunch, the Miami Beach outpost with national acclaim has made its own fresh statement on the favorite of weekend indulgences.

Osterio Morini proves that fresh Italian ingredients served in a modern dining room warmed with farmhouse touches is as tasteful in Miami as it is New York’s Soho and Washington DC’s Navy Yard. Now serving brunch, the Miami Beach outpost of this eatery of national acclaim has made its own fresh statement on the favorite of weekend indulgences.

The house specialty is a Negroni, ordered elevated with Bombay Sapphire.

The house cocktail is an Italian classic, the Negroni so to uphold the true standard of this mixology masterpiece, we forever insist on Bombay Sapphire gin. Combined with Campari and sweet vermouth, the drink here is severed tableside in a crystal pitcher and poured over a large ice cube, which is then embossed with a stamp of the restaurant’s logo. The server lights the garnishing orange peel with a match, which – explains chef de cucina Caesar Ramos — releases oils that are sweeter.

For antipasti, don’t miss the Tigelle Modenese, which in Italy are street food sold with charcuterie, explains Ramos. Here, the round breads are dense and warm, served with rosemary orange butter and pesto modenese. The tartare is piemontese beef folded with egg yolk and decorated with creamy dollops of rosemary aioli all topped with a thin bread designed to be cracked. Other choices include the fried burrata served warm with pesto and stewed San Marzano tomatoes and the Carciofi, roman-style grilled artichokes with herbed yogurt and marinated cipollini onion.

For entrees, don’t miss the steak and eggs, featuring a New York strip cut think and topped with over easy eggs and surrounded by golden, crispy potatoes. And for Uova (eggs) try the polenta with mushroom ragu, poached egg and fonduta. There’s also a challah French toast with hot honey bacon, a grilled Mediterranean sea bass and a selection of toasts, including avocado with a 6-minute egg and cilantro, or a smoked salmon with caviar and herbed crème fraiche.

Considering the Morini’s Italian foundation, it’s good to know the pasta dishes are deeply satisfying. The spaghetti pomodoro is fresh with chunky tomatoes and basil leaves and presented with the option of burrata cheese or polpettine. It’s a dry pasta but maintains the texture of homemade, while the rigatoni is made in house and served with wild musroom ragu, rosemary and black truffle moliterno and the gnocchi is elevated with ricotta in the dumplings that are served with roasted pepper pesto and chorizo.

Tartare with piemontese beef, caper relish, rosemary aioli and cured egg yolk
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