Fi’lia Takes Over Miami Spice at Michael’s Genuine® Monday, August 29 — Sunday, September 4

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Michael’s decadent Crespelle, Italian crepes laced with tender short rib and baked with some of our favorite melting cheeses — taleggio and fontina.

MIA_Spice Fi'lia Dinner 2016After introducing guests to his new concept with events at Cypress Tavern and Harry’s Pizzeria®, Michael is opening the flagship doors in the Miami Design District to share a taste of what he’s been cooking and eating heading into the opening of Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell!

Guests of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink partaking in the restaurant’s Miami Spice dinner will experience a taste of Chef’s soon to debut Italian restaurant Fi’lia in a $39 3-course prix fixe beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday August 29 to Sunday September 4, adding Friday and Saturday nights to the Miami Spice offering for that week.  In addition, the Michael’s Genuine bar will offer a Fi’lia specialty cocktail, Just Tell Me, featuring Casamigo Reposado, Campari, and Dimmi Liquore di Milano for $11. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Our a la carte dinner menu will also be available. To book a reservation call 305.573.5550 or email reservations@michaelsgenuine.com.

Just Tell Me is part of Fi'lia's bottled cocktail line up. Measured just right, and quick to serve -- just like we like it.

Just Tell Me is part of Fi’lia’s bottled cocktail line up. Measured just right, and quick to serve — just like we like it.

Opening in October at SLS Brickell, Fi’lia will showcase Schwartz’s fresh approach to Italian food, with handmade breads and pasta, and an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Fi’lia will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature honest Italian food highlighting fresh ingredients from the hearth and the simplicity of handmade artisanal breads and pasta. A meal begins with a crusty loaf, presented with olive oil and oregano snipped at the table. Rustic pizzas from the wood oven showcase beautiful produce in season in special combinations. Caesar salad is tossed tableside in a shower of shaved parmigiano from a roaming cart, with the smell of toasted garlic croutons reminding you of how satisfying and memorable the classics can be. Cocktails are refreshingly uncomplicated, balancing a focused wine list that appeals to the knowledgeable diner of Brickell, celebrating Italian regional varietals and American wines with an old world sensibility. For more information, please visit slshotels.com/brickell.

Check Us Out Grovites | UberEATS Introduces Delivery at Harry’s Pizzeria® Coconut Grove

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Since we began offering this new way to reach you through Amazon Restaurants with the food you know and love at Michael’s Miami Design District restaurants, your appetite has made its craving for Harry’s Pizzeria® particularly clear.  Surprise!  Pizza delivery is a thing. That’s why we’re prepping to deliver more pizza than ever beginning NOW to feed that gold medal appetite.

We are thrilled today to debut Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove with UberEATS as it rolls out service in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami!  Now all five of The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants in Miami will offer delivery for the first time, including Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Cypress Tavern, ella café, and Harry’s Pizzeria — through Amazon Restaurants in the Design District and UberEATS in both the Design District and Coconut Grove.

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This little reminder to show the love will be popped into your bag with a Chocolate Chunk Cookie if you mention #harrysdelivers at checkout!

To celebrate this embrace of delivery, each Harry’s Pizzeria delivery customer who comments with #harrysdelivers at the checkout page of their shopping cart — for UberEats comment in “Add a Note” and for Amazon Restaurants comment in “Delivery Instructions” — will feel the love with a complimentary Chocolate Chunk Cookie added to their order.  Both Harry’s locations are participating for the month of August, while supplies last.

“We are always looking for new ways to reach our customers with the food they love and expect,” Michael says. “As we continue to grow the Harry’s Pizzeria brand and expand to new locations, delivery is something that we are looking to embrace in a bigger way and are thrilled UberEats can facilitate that.”

Selections from MGFD's delivery menu, currently offered for dinner.

Selections from MGFD’s delivery menu, currently offered for dinner.

Not unlike Amazon Restaurants, delivery hours of operation and restaurant hours of operation may vary. Those eligible for ordering will be shown as available once your delivery address is entered to browse desired locations. Michael and our chefs have worked hard to select favorite items from our menus to offer — and ones that make the most sense for delivery. You’ll find item pricing is the same as appears on restaurant menus.

As part of its new expansion, uberEATS is offering new users 50% off their first two orders (up to $15 each) when using the promo code EATSMIAMIWELCOME. Expansion Area (uberEATS already operates from Brickell to Hollywood, and Miami Beach) includes Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Parts of Blue Lagoon with Northern border/836 Dolphin Expressway, Western border/Don Shula Expressway, and Southern border/SW 104th Street.  The delivery fee for UberEATS is a flat $4.99.  Click here for its full FAQ on the service and scope!

 

 

ella On Demand! Introducing Online Ordering for Café Takeaway

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Our light and airy café’s delicious menu is a click away in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court, now in more ways than one.  In addition to delivery for Prime members through Amazon Restaurants, we’re launching ella Takeaway today, a new online ordering option that allows guests to pay in advance and have their orders waiting for them to pick up at the café!   Simply click “Takeaway” from our website navigation menu (ellapop.me/takeaway), browse from our full menu to add to your shopping cart, select your pickup time, and confirm with payment.  Orders can be ready 25 minutes from when they are placed, or set in advance for up to a week.

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How the ella Takeaway menu looks! Try it out on your next order!

When you arrive, there’s no need to wait in line.  Look for the ella Takeaway shopping cart sign at the counter to claim your order and one of our friendly team members will simply ask for your name!  Two things you may like to know before you start shopping: use promo code ella10 to receive 10% off your first order, and daily specials like soup, focaccia and donut are all available for ella Takeaway — just call 786.534.8177 to find out what they are or peep the Instagram!  Happy online shopping, the ella way.

The Palms are Alive with the Sound of Sangria

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Melons infusing for sangria compliments of ella at District Sounds, a fall acoustic series kicking off Thursday in Palm Court. Thanks to Vanessa Nunez, kitchen manager and photographer extraordinaire.

Cropped District SoundsIt’s not Tristan Ferchl’s first corrida.   As one of our shift leaders at ella, our café in the Design District’s Palm Court, Tristan is responsible for running the front of house, but we like to think the highlight of his day is crafting the daily sangria.

“It’s more important that the sangria complements the food we do more than sticks to tradition,” he explains.  “I’m looking for lighter flavors, a canvas for seasonal fruit and something that plays well with our lovely warm Miami weather.  It’s always nicer to dine outside on our patio with an glass of sangria to cool you down.”

Tristan’s experience at Cure, an uptown district bar in New Orleans, served him well.  A focus on classic cocktails meant a shelf of fortified wine to play with.  He’s always conscious of two key principles when building a sangria recipe — proportion of wine and sweetness.  First, he usually begins based off of half a bottle of wine per carafe, with leanings toward white.  “We’re currently using the house Albariño… Something crisp which won’t overpower the fruit.”  He adds it’s also a good base for carbonation, either from Pellegrino or Dry Soda flavors like vanilla or blood orange.  Secondly, and maybe even more importantly, sweetness should be kept to a minimum and come from natural sources, i.e. from the fruit itself, not additive sugar, whenever possible.  When used improperly, simple syrup can mask the palate and easily ruin a meal.

Lua Sangria

With a couple bottles left of Lua Rossa No. 2, Tristan moved it out to make way for No. 3 making a red sangria for a change of pace, with cantaloupe and white grapes. It’s been his favorite yet, breaking the mold but keeping it light and fresh.

On Thursday night from 6-8PM, Miami’s Design District launches a weekly live music series curated by Miami Beach Jazz in Palm Court.  This Thursday IOGO’s Adrian Gonzalez and J.J. Freire perform with sangria on us.  Parking is available at City View & Palm Court Garages on NE 38th St between N Miami Ave & 2nd Ave.  Cheersing and see you there with our cocktail bells on.  Tristan’s got a mix planned of Albariño, melons infused by Casoni liqueur, honey and peppermint, blood orange Dry Soda, fresh-cut oranges and rosemary from our garden.  And join us for Happy Hour, when it’s half price from 5-7PM daily!