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Serafina Dream South Beach – Northern Italian Fare in Miami

Serving more than 24 pizza varieties and offering an extensive assortment of salads, pastas and grilled fish and meat, diners enjoy Northern Italian cuisine that use the highest quality ingredients at reasonable prices.
By Brenda Benoit

Serafina Dream South Beach - Northern Italian Fare in Miami

Photo by Serafina

We started with the Polpette Di Granchio, a divine pan-roasted crab cake complemented with basil chutney and aïoli. It was topped with a spring salad mix that was simply amazing. The crab cake itself was replete with chunky pieces of crab and beautifully golden-brown on the outside; a gift to the palate indeed.

Polpette Di Granchio

Polpette Di Granchio

Mini Filet Mignon Burgers were served with fries and was part of the Kid’s Menu. It was pretty substantial and delicious. I always take a bite of my kid’s food while I distract them. I have to taste everything!

Mini Filet Mignon Burgers

Mini Filet Mignon Burgers

Tonno in Crosta de Pepe was a beauty of a dish, so precious that it looked like a painting. Pan-seared peppercorn-crusted yellow fin tuna was served with shaved fennel and orange segments. The tuna was moist and pink in the middle; the outside seared with gigantic peppercorns that added a punch a flavor that was unbelievable.

Tonno in Crosta de Pepe

Tonno in Crosta de Pepe 

The Porcini Pizza blew us away: Italian imported porcini, oven roasted with a bouquet of mushrooms. This one was topped with enormous quantities of baby arugula, which added a garden-fresh note to the earthy, deep taste of the porcini mushrooms. This was no ordinary pizza for sure.

porcini pizza with arugula

Porcini Pizza with Arugula

The desserts were also interesting. First was the Torta al Formaggio, an Italian ricotta-citrus cheesecake, which was creamy and satisfying. The Trio of Spiked Popsicles was quite an innovation: colorful popsicles made with vodka, tequila, champagne.

 Torta al Formaggio

Torta al Formaggio

 Trio of Spiked Popsicles

Trio of Spiked Popsicles

The bar also provides an inventive and original cocktail selection. Housed in the beautiful landmark Dream Hotel, Serafina South Beach was designed to excite and inspire all the senses.

Executive Chef Marco Zuccala

Executive Chef Marco Zuccala – photo by Serafina

Serafina Dream South Beach

1111 Collins Ave

Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 534-8455

http://southbeach.serafinarestaurant.com

Brenda Benoit

Brenda Benoit

Brenda Benoit was born in the city of St. George’s in Grenada and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been living in Miami for over 20 years, loves to cook, eat and to try new restaurants & cuisines - always with her camera as a companion. She's a dedicated cookbook collector and is in the process of writing one of her own.

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Originally Published: July 12, 2013

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