Our Black Friday Week Special: The Holiday Gift Card That Gives Back is Back!

SHOP OUR BLACK FRIDAY WEEK SPECIAL NOW!  From Thanksgiving Monday, November 19 until Cyber Monday, November 26, receive $20 in free cards for every $100 you spend*. You can purchase physical Gift Cards at our restaurants or eGift Cards which can be sent on demand in an email or text to the recipient.

It’s our way of saying thanks to you on the biggest shopping week of the year!

Stop by for the deal to Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso, Ella Pop Café and all Harry’s Pizzeria® and Genuine Pizza® locations.  Just ask your server or stop by at your convenience.  To purchase eGift cards online, follow the gift card links on our respective restaurant websites.  You will receive promotional cards within 48 hours on links via email.  Direct links are provided below!  If you have a question about your online order contact each restaurant directly.  Thank you for holiday shopping with us!

Amara at Paraiso eGift Card
Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink eGift Card
Harry’s Pizzeria® and Genuine Pizza eGift Card (GOOD FOR ALL 5 LOCATIONS!)
Ella Pop Café eGift Card

Gift cards can not be used on the same day of purchase*

Kneading Lessons & a Learning Legacy on the Road with the Vetri Family

Growth happens when we are exposed to new things — or sometimes, the same things but new ways of doing them.  When we have those with the experience, passion and patience to teach us, something beautiful happens in the exchange.  An invitation to cook at the annual Great Chefs Event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand in Philadelphia last week presented such an opportunity for The Genuine Hospitality Group culinary assistant Dillion Wolff — to stage at Vetri Cucina, thanks to Michael and friend Marc Vetri.  A chef respected by his peers for his talent and heart, Marc has cultivated a stable of acclaimed chefs and restaurants since his flagship Vetri Cucina opened in Philly in 1998. It’s hard enough to be a for-profit business in this business, so 20 years is many lifetimes in the restaurant world, especially when you are also running a foundation in tandem.  Vetri Cucina set the tone and proved a solid foundation from which to build, recognized for the level of care taken in honoring and elevating the traditional Italian kitchen.  Its special tasting menu has minted this gem in the canon of American dining and won multiple James Beard Awards for its offspring, Jeff Michaud and Mike Solomonov to name a few.  If Marc is the OG progenitor, Vetri Cucina is the primordial Italian wedding soup.

The dining experience at Vetri is an ode to the mother country and its love of food unlike any other. In addition to the dining room, guests can arrange for private dinners, as well as partake in cooking classes on site.  As Dillion found out, perhaps the education most important happens daily among its cooks in service — a recipe of teamwork and technique.  It’s a place where bread, pasta and even polenta made from scratch means milling the flour in house.

“Going into it there were a few things I was curious about, like making fresh pasta, for example,” Dillion reflected on the phone Monday.  “How they run service is so different than Harry’s or Genuine Pizza — even Michael’s Genuine or Amara.  We are talking a 30 seat restaurant where 40 covers is a crazy busy night.”

TGHG Culinary Director Bradley Herron snagged Dillion for his team in February 2017 from Michael’s Genuine, where he had been working the line for a year after interning there during culinary school.  The culinary assistant role is a unique one, providing support to all Genuine group entities — from Amara at Paraiso to Fi’lia in the Bahamas to our commissary kitchen — with ongoing training, their chefs with last minute help on the line, working Michael Schwartz Events including private parties from cocktail receptions to cooking classes and off-site catering, and handling special projects.  Really everything under the sun.  Most recently, Dillion worked with the Genuine Pizza cookbook team on a week-long photoshoot.  The 150 pictures of recipes and lifestyle shots due to publisher Abrams Books quickly became 180, including several step by step instructive images for which he and colleague Brandon Green served not only as prep cooks but subjects.

Some of the Genuine Pizza cookbook photo wall, most of Dillion’s hands!

“This job requires flexibility and versatility, but it demands a good attitude,” Bradley explained.  “You have to be able to jump in to help and get things done at a moment’s notice, and they need to be done right. Dillion is as fast as he is proficient, but these are strengths that as a cook you always want to be improving upon.  That comes with experience, time on the line and repeated exposure to new environments and things.”

Dinner at Vetri is conceived based on each table, and everything isn’t the same.  The on the fly structure is part of the challenge, the fun and the instruction.

“It was cool to see how dynamic the approach is with the tasting menu,” Dillion reflects.  “It’s not just what the chef wants to do, it’s trying to make the diner’s experience as custom and to their tastes and food preferences as possible.”

The first day, Dillion was a fly on the wall for service, and they would make him an extra of each dish to taste. Tuesday was spent with the baker, milling fresh flour and baking bread.  He worked service with “pasta guy” and also helped with private events upstairs.

“Matt, the executive chef… On Monday he was the dishwasher.  I mean, it really sets the tone when the first courses come in heavy and the pasta cook comes in to help put it out.  You could tell in the kitchen that it was a huge team effort,” he reflected. “Everyone will do whatever. The whole operation is impressive, the attention to detail and craft but also people being genuine with each other — and incredibly welcoming to me.  They didn’t want to ask me to do things, like the stuff that’s not glamorous, and I’m there to work and to do anything. I had so many questions and no one got annoyed with me!”

The City of Brotherly Love indeed. Something we can all benefit from emulating!  Follow Dillion on Instagram @dillion_wolff.

Summer Cooking School with Chef Michael Schwartz: Class is in Session After Hours at Ella Pop Café

Summer is just the time to learn something new, or polish your skills doing what you already love! All you need is a little motivation in the form of a great instructor — James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz!

For the first time, Miami’s beloved chef known best for his straightforward, delicious food at flagship restaurant Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, teaches a series of cooking classes, including Pizza (June 14), Pasta (July 12), and Empanadas (August 9).

$125 per person, per event includes it all — each cooking class brings a three course meal, signature cocktail, wine & beer, take home gift and chef! Max 26 people per event.  Pizza is already sold out but you can snag your tickets to Pasta and Empanadas at these respective links.  The summer school is hosted at ella pop, the chef’s light and airy café in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court, from 7-10pm after regular business hours (140 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137).

The new summer series is brought to us by the amazing folks at Michael Schwartz Events.  Our catering and private party division puts on special events like this, as well as a host of other offerings for your upcoming gathering large or small. For more information, menus and to request a quote for everything under the sun from weddings to birthday parties, visit michaelschwartzevents.com.

[UPDATE] You Gift… We Gift Card Back!

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING! Kick back and enjoy our gift of thanks.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!   We are extending our terms of endearment for one more week.  Until, December 24.  Same links below apply.  Happy gifting!

From Thanksgiving Monday, November 20 through Cyber Monday, November 27, stop by our restaurants, or order online to receive $20 for every $100 spent in Gift Cards. You can purchase physical Gift Cards or our new eGift Cards which can be sent right away to friends and family! Buy three $100 Michael’s Genuine cards, get three complimentary $20 Michael’s Genuine cards at the time of purchase. Buy two $50 Harry’s Pizzeria cards, get one complimentary $20 Harry’s Pizzeria card.

The deal is available for purchase on site at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Ella Pop Café and all Harry’s Pizzeria® locations. To purchase eGift cards online now and throughout the holiday season from the soon to open Genuine Pizza, follow the eGift Card links below or visit genuinepizza.com!

PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR FAVORITE FOOD
The Marra Forni oven is being cured and the signage hoisted. Get ready to experience honest ingredients, chef-inspired combinations and a thoughtful process at Genuine Pizza in the Aventura Mall as we prep for opening later this month.

Genuine Pizza eGift Card

Fresh, Simple, Pure
Our flagship restaurant in the Miami Design District has been shopping for season and the outlook from our favorite local farms is bountiful! Get taste of what’s growing, prepared simple and delicious, from squash blossoms to eggplant.

Michael’s Genuine® eGift Card

130 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
305.573.5550

BOLD, COASTAL, LATIN AMERICAN
Michael’s love letter to Miami is also his first waterfront restaurant. Grab the gift of the most anticipated new restaurant of the season… before it opens in January! We are firing up the Josper charcoal grill-oven and getting ready to serve a taste of what’s to come at our pop up in December (tickets here). While we get a jumpstart on opening, you can give the gift of the Amara experience now.

Amara at Paraiso Pop Up 

Neighborhood American Pizzeria
Our original place for pies is your happy place with three locations pumping out your favorite snacks, salads, pizza, entrées and dessert just like they always have in Coconut Grove, the Miami Design District and Downtown Dadeland.

Harry’s Pizzeria® eGift Card

Light & Airy Café
Ella is always ready for a celebration. From our new homemade holiday pies available for pre-order now to daily treats made fresh from our pastry team, there’s something to enjoy or share with the people you love. It’s the little things that make it special!

Ella Pop eGift Card

140 NE 39th Street, Unit 136, Miami, FL 33137
786.534.8177

SEE OUR FULL LIST OF HOLIDAY HOURS

Genuine Holiday Hours | Here’s When to Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Our Restaurants

We look forward to spending the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful people.  Here are our 2017 Holiday Hours to help you plan your festive gatherings with us and those you love!  For catered events and large party private dining, please contact Lindsay Guidos at MICHAEL SCHWARTZ EVENTS.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK
Thanksgiving
 | Thursday, November 23: Closed
Christmas Eve | Sunday, December 24:
Open for Brunch and dinner until 10:00pm.
Christmas Day | Monday, December 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve | Sunday, December 31:
Open for Brunch and dinner until Midnight
New Year’s Day 2018 | Monday, January 1, 2018:
Open for lunch regular hours and dinner: 5:30 – 11:00pm
Regular Hours of Operation
Brunch: Sunday 11am – 3pm
Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 3pm
Afternoon: Monday – Sunday 3 – 5:30pm
Dinner:  Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 11pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm – Midnight, Sunday 5:30 – 10pm
Genuine Happy Hour: 1/2 off oysters, snacks, cocktails, wine & beer 4:30-7:30 weekdays at the bar

HARRY’S PIZZERIA® [DESIGN DISTRICT, COCONUT GROVE, DOWNTOWN DADELAND]
Thanksgiving
 | Thursday, November 23: Closed
Christmas Eve | Sunday, December 24: Regular Hours
Christmas Day | Monday, December 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve | Sunday, December 31: Regular Hours
New Year’s Day 2018 | Monday, January 1, 2018: Regular Hours
Regular Hours of Operation: 
Sunday 11:30am–10pm
Monday 11:30am–11pm
Tuesday 11:30am–11pm
Wednesday 11:30am–11pm
Thursday 11:30am–11pm
Friday 11:30am–12am
Saturday 11:30am–12am

GENUINE PIZZA [AVENTURA*]
Christmas Eve 
| Sunday, December 24: Close at 8:00pm. Aventura Mall closes at 6:00pm
Christmas Day
 | Monday, December 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve 
| Sunday, December 31: Close at 10:00pm.  Mall closes at 7:00pm
New Year’s Day 2018
 | Monday, January 1, 2018: Regular Hours
Regular Hours of Operation: 
Sunday 11:30am–10pm
Monday 11:30am–11pm
Tuesday 11:30am–11pm
Wednesday 11:30am–11pm
Thursday 11:30am–11pm
Friday 11:30am–12am
Saturday 11:30am–12am
*ATLANTA TBD

ELLA
Thanksgiving
 | Thursday, November 23: Closed
Christmas Eve
 | Sunday, December 24: 11am – 5pm
Christmas Day
 | Monday, December 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve
 | Sunday, December 31: 11am – 5pm
New Year’s Day 2018 
| Monday, January 1, 2018: 11am – 6pm
Regular Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday noon – 5pm

FI’LIA
Thanksgiving
 | Thursday, November 23: Regular hours
Christmas Eve
 | Sunday, December 24: Regular hours
Christmas Day
 | Monday, December 25: Regular hours
New Year’s Eve
 | Sunday, December 31: Regular hours
New Year’s Day 2018 
| Monday, January 1, 2018: Regular hours
Regular Hours of Operation: 
Sunday 7am–10:30pm
Monday 7am–10:30pm
Tuesday 7am–10:30pm
Wednesday 7am–10:30pm
Thursday 7am–10:30pm
Friday 7am–12am
Saturday 7am–12am