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Authentic Italian in Coral Gables with Opening of Zucca

Venezuelans bring authentic Italian to Coral Gables with the opening of Zucca March 6, 2017. With family roots in Sicily, Zucca is also introducing a culture of a modern Italian fare. Get first dibs this March when Zucca opens inside the landmark Hotel St. Michel and toast to bar masters of Cocktail Cartel.

Their interpretation of Italian eateries will offer classic techniques in a contemporary setting. And on the menu: a selection of antipasti, variations of handcrafted, traditionally prepared mozzarella, and specialty cheeses like Burrata and Stracciatella. That is just the beginning.

For Starters

Prepare your taste buds for customizable charcuterie boards with sliced meats like Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella or Bresaola and Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino or Taleggio, each from various regions throughout Italy, from Tuscany to Lombardy, and beyond. Of course, you will experience authentic tastes from Italy as Michelin-trained, chef Tony Maldonado and sous chefs Egidio Forastiere and Ludovico Amadio helmed their kitchen.

When You Share

Additional shareable starters include Burrata e Pesche all Griglia, fresh, creamy burrata cheese, served with grilled peach; Timballo di Melanzane al profumo di Tartufo, eggplant timbale with ricotta cheese and truffle oil; and Fiori di Zucca ripieni di Ricotta e Acciughe, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese and anchovies.

And if you came for pasta, then indulge in dishes like Linguini con Bottarga di Sardinia e Acciughe, linguini with Sardinian bottarga, white wine, broccoli, garlic and parsley; and Mezze Lune di Asparagi, half-moon-shaped ravioli stuffed with asparagus and served in a light nettarino cherry tomato sauce. Then, for those craving more protein in their plates, Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a 32 oz. T-bone steak, dry-aged for 21 days and served with two sides of the guest’s choice.

The Cocktail Cartel

The modern space will also feature a custom program exclusively curated by Cocktail Cartel, a Miami-based team of talented mixologists. Also, soft tones and rose gold accents are designed around the plush leather seating, white marble-top bar and glass-enclosed, 1,000-bottle wine cellar. It opens itself to becoming the ideal happy hour or evening spot in Coral Gables.

ZUCCA is located at 162 Alcazar Avenue. For more information on ZUCCA, please visit or call (786) 580-3731.

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