Everywhere Chef Wendy Cacciatori Loves to Eat and Drink in Miami
The Italian maestro behind Via Emilia 9 shares his favorite spots, including where to find the best margarita in town
Chef Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori is famous for importing the best of his native Emilia-Romagna to his restaurants in the U.S. First there was Miami Beach’s Via Emilia 9, and then Via Emilia Garden in 2019. If you love pasta, it’s hard to do better without boarding a flight to Italy; Cacciatori learned his craft as a kid, helping his parents with their restaurant, and most of his dishes share a deep sense of tradition. Fresh pasta and cured meats are his go-tos (and should be yours when you visit his restaurants).
We recently caught up with Cacciatori to hear about his favorite Miami haunts. Some of them might surprise you.
Breakfast: Rosetta Bakery
“Rosetta — by far — uses the highest quality products in Miami, even better than some places in Italy, and their cappuccino is hands down the best! Like when in New York City, I always visit Eataly — their pastries are of the highest quality, and they offer the best choice for any Italian products you are looking for.”
Lunch: Baia Beach Club
“In Miami, I enjoy lunching at Baia Beach Club Restaurant. [My wife] Valentina and I love that there are many choices, from pizza to sushi to steaks and pasta, but the best thing about it is the view. It’s just breathtaking.”
Snack: Moshi Moshi
“Moshi Moshi is a favorite of mine. It’s quick, fast and open until late, so convenient when we finish work and want to grab a quick bite. We also love Blue Ribbon Sushi in New York City for the same reason.”
Dinner: Gino’s Bottega Italian and LPM Restaurant & Bar
“The owner of Gino’s Bottega Italiana used to be one of our employees, so we always go there during a night off — the food is lean and tasty. And for a fancy night out in Miami, we always choose LPM Restaurant & Bar. [Editor’s note: We recently covered LPM’s extravagant — think gold-dusted cherries — cocktail menu, inspired by Jean Cocteau.] We love French food and good Champagne. Their escargots are to die for, and their Champagne selection is impressive. It’s our go-to place when celebrating.”
Drinks: Nobu Miami
“The Nobu in Miami serves the best margaritas, and we enjoy the more adult crowd and ambiance.”
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