Genuine Pizza Opens First Atlanta Location on Friday, January 5 in Buckhead

Genuine Pizza will open its first Atlanta location on Friday at the main entrance of Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. This will be our first pizzeria out of state and with a private dining room… as well as our first restaurant where it snows!  We’ve been working so hard to get open that somehow these little things are just astounding in their magnitude when you have a brief pause to reflect on them.  The team on the ground is working just as tirelessly to bring this place to life from front and back of house. The goal is to exude that Genuine Culture we know and love at home.

Originating in Miami, where we have now for casual pizza restaurants, the idea is about on honest ingredients, creative toppings combinations, and a thoughtful experience from dough to table.  Genuine Pizza Atlanta looks like the fraternal twin of Aventura, with a menu anchored by 12 hand-formed pizzas featuring a tender, quick-fired crust and snacks, soups, salads, entrées and dessert to make a meal around it. The restaurant also offers a list of wines that work great with food, as well as Atlanta craft beers. Signature items include Short Rib Pizza; Polenta Fries with spicy ketchup; Warm Brussels Sprouts and Burrata; and Chocolate Chunk Cookie, warmed in the oven to order. Every day there is a Daily pizza special and a soup of the day.

“We are passionate about our favorite food and can’t wait to bring our genuine approach to the Atlanta community,” says Michael Schwartz. “We’re introducing classic dishes from our flagship location while embracing our new Atlanta community as we fold in seasonal offerings, local beer selections and gluten-free options.”

Genuine Pizza is located at 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 in Phipps Plaza and opens with lunch and dinner beginning Friday.  Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11 – 12 a.m., and Sunday 12 – 10 p.m.  Reservations are not necessary. Phipps Plaza offers plenty of complimentary outdoor as well as covered parking, and valet. Takeout will be available with online ordering at genuinepizza.com, and Genuine fans can also give the gift of pizza with electronic gift cards, now available for purchase as well on the website. Follow the new location and join the conversation @genuinepizza and #genuinepizza on Instagram, where the team has been actively sharing stories as we count down.Genuine Pizza is family-friendly and can seat 64 inside, including 7 seats at the counter and 6 at the pizza bar. Outdoor dining for 36 is available weather permitting with heaters. The space also offers a private dining room for 6-8 guests – perfect for business lunches and intimate gatherings – that can be reserved by calling (470) 481-3883.

It’s Even Better in The Bahamas with Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz

Traveling to The Bahamas just got a whole lot tastier!  Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz opens today just a 42 minute pond jump away on Nassau.  Located on the Baha Mar property in the main casino floor just steps from SLS Baha Mar, the new 299-room hotel our partners at sbe opened last month, this is the restaurant’s first international outpost and second location after opening at SLS Brickell in Miami last year.

The “Mistaken” (a Negroni Spagliato) is a spritz twist on the classic aperitivo that swaps gin for prosecco.

Chef, Bradley, Eric and I were down last week as part of the last wave of visits and some yet-to-depart implants collectively known as “task force”.  This system in place to support Fi’lia’s opening team from start to finish line — think part placenta, part brain trust — involves an orchestra of players from sbe and The Genuine Hospitality group with expertise in front and back of house. On our agenda was mock service, tastings, final menu formatting, food and spacial shoots, and fine tuning the dining room for lighting and sound.  Where the bulk of the important foundational work occurs gradually over a period of months tracked methodically through a “critical path” spreadsheet and meetings to check in on progress, the 11th hour is a critical stage in the process visible even to the untrained eye where everything comes into sharp focus.

The idea is to make sure there is enough institutional knowledge and depth on the ground to have the resources required to handle anything thrown the restaurant’s way. This is an all-hands-on-deck troubleshooting and brain-stretching exercise, where you have planned for everything especially the things you can’t control.  From menu covers stuck in LA to cocktail tags printed from the only Miami vendor that was open and able the week before the holiday to mule with cookbooks in checked luggage, it ain’t always pretty… but this is what openings are all about and why we love what we do.  And then you have a restaurant!

The host with the most.

“The hospitality on island has been second to none, and we are fortunate to have a hard working team that is digging in with a smile in the true Bahamian spirit,” says Chef.  “We can’t wait to share with guests the same incredible welcome we’ve experienced here in The Bahamas!”

We have a particular soft spot for a familiar face — Fi’lia’s Executive Chef Thomas Tennant — veteran of the TGHG culinary family who comes with Caribbean seasoning from his time on Grand Cayman as chef de cuisine of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink.  Later leading menu implementation, working with international staff and honing his talent for “fixing” provisions from the lower decks with Royal Caribbean, Thomas earned the TGHG title of “Special Ops Chef” for a reason and those skills will no doubt serve him here.

Fi’lia is inspired by the simplicity of Italian cuisine, featuring a menu of straightforward dishes that highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients, housemade pasta and memorable signatures like the Tableside Caesar Salads.  Like Miami, Fi’lia’s dinner menu features Small, Large and Extra Large plates alongside Snacks, Sides, Pasta and Pizza. To start, Beef Carpaccio is Chef Schwartz’s twist on the classic featuring sunchoke, green onion pecorino and mustard vinaigrette, while the Extra Large Grilled Whole Snapper features tomato, Calabrian chile, mint and grilled bread. Rustic pizzas are served with creative topping combinations like Pistachio Pesto with ricotta, charred onion and pecorino.

The Tableside Caesar is prepared from scratch from dressing to grated parmigiano finish on a roaming cart, dispatching delicious smells of toasted garlic croutons in the dining room as it passes. Cocktails are refreshingly uncomplicated with specialties including a section of Spritz. With a focused wine list, Fi’lia celebrates Italian, regional varietals and American wines with an old world sensibility.

Located at One Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas at Baha Mar Casino, Fi’lia is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. serving lunch and dinner. For reservations and menus, please visit filiarestaurant.com or call 242-788-8212.  As part of sbe’s larger movement to bring signature specialties in innovative cuisine and dynamic nightlife to The Bahamas, the group also operates Cleo, Monkey Bar (the signature SLS lobby bar) and Bungalow Pool Bar & Grill at SLS Baha Mar, with Privilege and Skybar coming in early 2018. Additionally, Katsuya (sbe’s modern take on classic Japanese cuisine) opened in mid-August on the Baha Mar Casino floor, and Bond, sbe’s nightlife concept, is debuting December 29th, offering late-night entertainment as the destination’s see-and-be-seen place to be.

Amara at Paraiso Now Hiring General Manager

On the heels of announcing Amara at Paraiso, Michael is seeking a genuine leader to build a team, open and run his first waterfront restaurant.  This extremely important full-time General Manager position will report to Chef Schwartz and the Director of Operations with delegated authority and will receive an annual compensation of $90,000 to $120,000 with benefits offered. We are currently accepting applications through Ziprecruiter here, including full job and benefits description. We are laser focused on growing The Genuine Hospitality Group with great people that make our restaurants what they are and, most importantly, why they are.

Amara at Paraiso, Quintessential Miami Restaurant with Waterfront Dining, Opening January 2018

Amara at Paraiso, rendered. Our dining room view from the entrance, with open kitchen to the left and bar to the right, and the main ingredient front and center — Biscayne Bay. Out the doors to the left, outdoor seating on the water.

Chef and Restaurateur Michael Schwartz announces his first waterfront restaurant, Amara at Paraiso, the James Beard Award-winner’s love letter to Miami.  Amara at Paraiso will open in January at 3101 NE 7th Avenue on Biscayne Bay in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood, creating the quintessential Miami dining experience from environment to cuisine to vibe. The bayside enclave will be fully open to the public and has inspired Chef and his team to cultivate a menu influenced by the bold flavors of Latin America, coastal ingredients, and the diversity that underpins Miami’s cultural identity.

“Amara at Paraiso is about the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty that defines why we live here and why so many love to visit,” says Schwartz. “We are in the unique position to bring it all together, a sense of place that can only exist here.  It’s our love letter to Miami and why we are proud to call it home.”

Highlighting the open kitchen’s wood grill and Josper charcoal grill oven, Schwartz is building a vibrant menu around bold, clean-eating food, and cooking techniques centered around the flame. Dishes emphasize balance of acid and contrasts in temperatures and textures. Ingredients are showcased as they are meant to be enjoyed, enhanced by fragrant herbs, bright sauces, chilies and spices. Freshly-grilled, sprouted flatbreads and hand-formed savory pastries will meet sizzling, smoky platters of specialty cuts of meats and fresh, local seafood at the table. Cocktails crafted with the tropics in mind will spill good spirits out to the bay, mingling with sea grape trees and palms dotting the shore.

Flanked by Paraiso Park, Amara at Paraiso resides just two blocks east of Biscayne Boulevard off 31st Street, offering the public unimpeded access to its entrance with street and valet parking. The 4,500 square foot, indoor-outdoor space designed by Meyer Davis Studio celebrates the natural beauty of its surroundings incorporating the tropical, waterfront environment as an design element. The restaurant includes main dining room and bar seating for 150, with floor to ceiling windows offering dramatic Biscayne Bay views, as well as deck seating for 70 on the water. The approach is warm and inviting, drawing the outside in with white washed paneling, natural woods, and graphic concrete tiles. Detailing is open, honest and relaxed with exposed trusses, and an open double-height steel stair.

For more information visit amaraatparaiso.com and follow for updates on opening and inspiration for the restaurant @amaraatparaiso.

The Philadelphia-born owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group (TGHG), James Beard Award-winning Chef, and cookbook author, Michael Schwartz is the face of the South Florida restaurant industry and a nationally recognized celebrity chef. Locals and tourists alike have come to embrace and crave his sincere and thoughtful approach to the entire dining experience and seriously good food.  At the root of this philosophy and a lens for growth is flagship Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink in the Miami Design District, setting the bar in Miami for 10 years with its laid back bistro atmosphere, emphasis on sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients, and lively bar scene and courtyard. Michael has since successfully developed complementary fine dining concepts including honest Italian at Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell in Downtown Miami (October, 2016), the quintessential Miami restaurant with waterfront dining at Amara at Paraiso at Paraiso Bay in Edgewater (November 2017) and the ultimate neighborhood restaurant in Coconut Grove at Park Grove (2018.)  Harry’s Pizzeria® is the group’s American pizzeria, challenging pizza traditions with a thoughtful passion for genuinely better pizza and meals to gather around it. Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 25 Best Pizzerias in the U.S., the group’s casual concept is charting a course for regional expansion to 20 locations by 2020, with three currently open in South Florida in the Miami Design District (September 2011,) Coconut Grove (2015,) and Kendall’s Downtown Dadeland (2017.) Ella (2015) is a light and airy café in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court serving breakfast, lunch and early evening bites, curating pastries from the best local bakers in town and a convenient grab and go station with healthy alternatives. The Chef’s partnership with global cruise leader Royal Caribbean began in 2011 developing menus with ingredients from sustainable sources for 150 Central Park on Oasis Class ships and now includes the gastropub evolution of Michael’s Genuine, Michael’s Genuine® Pub, on Quantum Class ships. Michael Schwartz Events offers catering and private parties, with genuine food and hospitality for memorable occasions. TGHG has been recognized by leading trade publication Restaurant Hospitality magazine as one of its RH 25: Coolest Multi-Concept Companies.  For more information, visit thegenuinekitchen.com.

Harry’s Pizzeria® Opens in Downtown Dadeland Thursday, May 18 Introducing Online Ordering & Marra Forni Pizza Oven

A new restaurant calls for new THIS. Meet Banana Nutella Panini.

On Thursday, Harry’s Pizzeria® will open its third South Florida restaurant, located at 8975 SW 72nd Place at the corner of SW 90th Street in the heart of Downtown Dadeland, an emerging culinary destination at the fulcrum of the communities of Pinecrest and Kendall. With complimentary garage parking and the addition of online ordering at harryspizzeria.com for takeout and delivery, James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz’s neighborhood American pizzeria now offers more ways than ever to access better pizza and a genuine experience the whole family can build a meal around.

Still some finishing touches to go, but the space is looking banging.

Harry’s Pizzeria Downtown Dadeland was built to thoughtfully, optimally serve longtime fans and a new community in a few key ways that enhance the experience of better pizza. With its third restaurant, the brand rolls out Online Ordering on Thursday across all Harry’s Pizzeria locations at harryspizzeria.com. Guests can select their location and place orders for takeout on its own user-friendly menu dashboard. As the design of future restaurant spaces evolve to function more efficiently for both dine-in and take out orders, the new restaurant features an accessible takeout counter in concert with the flow of guests and staff in the dining room. Harry’s Pizzeria also works with partners including UberEATS, Amazon Restaurants and DoorDash for delivery, which will be introduced at the Downtown Dadeland location a couple of weeks after opening.

“We are so excited to connect with a new community to the south excited about gathering around great food, which is exactly what Harry’s is all about,” says Schwartz. “We love that we can add better pizza into the mix and look forward to welcoming guests into our new home with genuine hospitality!”

Dadeland opening food.

Dadeland opening beverage.

In an effort to always improve upon the quality and consistency of our pizza (the heart and soul of what we do), Schwartz and The Genuine Hospitality Group executive chef Bradley Herron selected a Marra Forni Rotator Oven for the new kitchen, making a trip to work with it where it is built right outside of Washington, D.C. With a rotating deck made of pure cut Italian stone to retain and conduct consistent heat, the oven cooks evenly and quickly. While also serving as an active and beautiful focal point for the main dining room in the open oven station, the new hearth is calibrated specifically for the chef’s unique dough recipe. The core menu including Snacks, Salads, Daily Entrées, 11 Quick-Fired Pizzas with the option of gluten-free crust, and Dessert are along for the ride with great local brands including Panther Coffee and JoJo Tea. A daily pie and soup special, as well as wine and beer selection – including one rotating local craft tap – will be unique to the new location. Before rolling out Harry’s-wide, Schwartz adds a Banana-Nutella Panini to the Downtown Dadeland dessert line up, spawned from a longtime favorite from his flagship Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink and eponymous cookbook. Fans can now give the gift of better pizza with electronic gift cards, available for purchase at harryspizzeria.com, simply click “[NEW] E-Gift Cards” to choose your denomination and send through email or phone.

“Opening in Downtown Dadeland is not only exciting in enabling us to reach more people with the better pizza they crave, but it’s a milestone for our Company as well as we embark on a multi-year expansion project,” says Sunil Bhatt, CEO Harry’s Holdings, LLC. “Starting that process with multiple South Florida locations will provide us with the foundation we need as we move north in Florida, in to Georgia and beyond over the coming years”.

Downtown Dadeland offers complimentary garage parking for Harry’s guests through a validated ticket when the check is presented, as well as street parking – not to mention its central location is the perfect stroll or bike ride for locals to the neighborhood.  Seating 38 inside at tables and banquettes in the main dining room, 8 at the counter, and 40 outside with water bowls for pets, there will be plenty of room for a great meal. One flat panel TV will of course be in for game day as favorite snacks like Polenta Fries and Wood Oven Roasted Wings with agrodolce and rosemary crema fly around the dining room. Michael’s Genuine alums Kitchen Milton Vega, Kitchen Manager and GM Paolo Bazzani are leading the front and back of house teams comprised of both newcomers and Harry’s veterans from Coconut Grove and the Miami Design District.

Harry’s Pizzeria Downtown Dadeland is located at 8975 SW 72nd Place, Kendall, FL 33156 at the corner of SW 90th Street in the heart of Downtown Dadeland launches with a 3-6 p.m. weekday Happy Hour and will be open daily serving lunch and dinner for dine in, take out and delivery, Sunday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 12 a.m. – no reservations, walk-ins welcome. Call 786-540-5970 or email downtowndadeland@harryspizzeria.com. Follow the new location and join the conversation at the hashtag #HPDowntownD, where daily specials and news from the @harryspizzeria handle on Instagram are sorted. Visit the harryspizzeria.com to order online, access full menus and social media and more across all locations, including the gift of better pizza with electronic gift cards.

Harry’s Pizzeria is Michael Schwartz’s neighborhood American pizzeria first opened in 2011, a hip, casual joint for people who love pizza, but who also crave and gather around innovative, genuine cooking. Pies feature fresh, chef-curated toppings and a tender, quick-fired crust with integrity. At the table, the Harry’s experience is complete with warm service and a wholesome menu to make a meal, including snacks, colorful salads, daily entrée specials and dessert. From the sidewalk to the dining room, the restaurant buzzes with friends and family hanging out over craft beer, a creative wine list and great music. To make a new house a home, its “Chef Pop-Up Series” has welcomed America’s most acclaimed chefs into its Miami Design District kitchen, effectively cementing Harry’s Pizzeria as a fixture in Miami’s dining community known for both its consistency and energetic approach to the restaurant experience. Bright and airy, with street-facing floor to ceiling windows draped in blinds, the restaurant basks under the golden glow of gelled industrial florescent lamps and features a modern rustic interior of woods, leather, rattan, white marble, and metal. The bathroom blackboard is for guests to get creative. For more information, visit harryspizzeria.com.