Finally, a delicious Indian dinner is coming to Harry’s Pizzeria. We are excited to announce that chef de cuisine Niven Patel of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is taking over Michael’s neighborhood American pizzeria in the Design District on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm for Rancho Patel Pizzeria. TICKETS ARE NOW LIVE HERE!
Responsible for the kitchen at Michael’s flagship restaurant going on 3 years, Niven is a genuine chef at heart. His approach to Rancho Patel Pizzeria is to share his uniquely fresh take on authentic Indian cuisine from his home in Homestead and family traditions. The menu will be released closer to the event. Trust that each dish will pack that special pop with exotic spices and preparations! A tour through his Instagram only scratches the surface, but will certainly whet your palate, like this homemade roti factory with wife Shivani that happened last night. As the chef says… it never gets old.
Welcome cocktail, passed snacks, four courses including dessert, beverage pairings and tax and gratuity, and that special brand of Niven hospitality are included for $110. What a pre-holiday treat!!!
A pursuit for knowledge was the stimulus and continues to be the driving force behind Chef Niven’s career. Patel’s first glimpse into the restaurant world was during culinary school, and he was hooked. “I was cooking and working in restaurants the whole time during college”. But his passion for cooking came much earlier on, he says, “I have been cooking all my life. I used to make my menus as a child and let my family order, and then I went into the kitchen to cook whatever they wanted.”
From Miami to Cayman and back again, now deepening his connection with the land and its bounty at Rancho Patel and in Homestead at large foraging its small farms, it’s time to celebrate what we crave most about Niven’s kitchen. His passion and curiosity is infectious, with the whole restaurant lighting up when his own harvest turns up on the menu. For young cooks dreaming of one day becoming a chef, Patel offers some words of wisdom, cultivated over his many years of due diligence, “Be inquisitive. Every time there is something you don’t know, research it, look it up”. Clearly the success of the highly disciplined Niven proves that the chef is guided by his own advice.