toscanadivino has launched an epic Happy Hour from 6-8 everyday with $3 beers $5 Italian Wines and $7 designer drinks that come with free bites. The bar food is also superb and reasonably priced. My favorites are the truffle honey ricotta bruschetta, phenomenal porchetta and the cheese board.
This was my first time dining there and will certainly not be my last. Located right in the center of Mary Brickell Village, you cannot miss it. Just look for red umbrellas lined up outside as a sign that you have arrived. A lineup of luxury, displayed handbags greets you the second you step in. I have to say, I was confused- was there shopping involved with my afternoon? Don’t tempt me, I thought. I have been known to be a shopaholic. Luckily for my bank account, I kept walking and focused on just the food. We were joining a friend for a birthday lunch and we were a large party. I was apprehensive at first about not being able to experience all Toscana has to offer (sometimes dining in a big group can hinder that). I am happy to say that it did not affect it in the least. Our lunch was incredible and service was consistently on point. This is not your everyday Italian bistro. Garnets, golds and terra cottas are nowhere to be found inside. The modern monochromatic palette with small yellow highlights seems like an unlikely choice, but it works. Toscana Divino shines with a casual elegance not found in any of the restaurants nearby. Its unconventional menu had me excited to get started. And get started we did.
The soy truffle vinaigrette in my hamachi tartar enamored me the second it was placed in front of me. It was exquisite. My husband had the Tuscan tomato bread soup which was home-cooked good. One look around confirmed that everyone was enjoying their appetizers as well since every single plate was wiped clean. My main course was the maccheroni livornese (crab, tomato, raisins, rosemary and parsley)– sinful as can be. The pappardelle alla finocchiona (pork shoulder ragu, fennel pollen and pecorino toscano) was amazing as well. For the finish, my husband ordered the honey pana cotta. It was a good choice but nowhere near as perfect as mine: a spectacular, delicate olive oil polenta cake with perhaps the best pistachio ice cream I’ve ever had. I can still taste it. Accompanying drinks of choice were fantastic back to back spicy Bloody Marys. I could have easily kept drinking them but it was Sunday and time to wind down right? I will be back to Toscana very soon to order off the regular menu now that I have tried a small (remarkable) part of what they offer.
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Toscana Divino Miami Spice Review
Located in Mary Brickell Village, Toscana Divino brings a taste of Tuscany to Brickell. Recently named the best new Restaurant in Miami by the Miami New Times, Toscana Divino curates Italy’s best ingredients to create a contemporary and traditional Tuscan and Italian menu. Their wine selection also showcases some of Italy’s best wineries.
Toscana Divino has created a special Miami Spice menu that not only presents some of their most popular offerings, but also educates the guest about the origins of each dish. There are three courses and each takes diners on a historical journey of Tuscany. The cities of Lucca, Livorno, Firenze (Florence), and Siena are among some of the represented regions.
For wine, Toscana’s general manager, Mauro Bortignon, selected both a single red and a white wine to pair with the meal. Though it comes down to personal preference, the 2011 Castello di Altomena Chianti Porto Rubino option held its own when it came to the richer dishes on the menu. This Chianti’s dryer and balanced flavor profile generally matches well with meat and pasta dishes so it was a good accompaniment throughout the entire meal.
The first course of the Miami Spice menu sets a high standard for the rest of the dining experience. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the four options. The first item on the menu, the Taglierie Toscana, is a great start. It consists of Prosciutto (certified product) from Tuscany with homemade fresh ricotta on Tuscan bread served with honey. The Prosciutto’s velvet-like texture, smoky and salty flavor; combined with the ricotta cheese and the sweetness of the honey, was the perfect touch.
Gamberi in Dolceforte is another first course option. This seafood dish features Key West king prawn in a dolceforte sauce. The dolceforte sauce dates back to the 16th century and is made with cinnamon, raisins, pine nuts, sugar and grated chocolate. Fast forward to 2015, and Toscana has adapted this sauce for their Gamberi dish in a way that honors its heritage. At first glance it’s hard to anticipate the flavors. But the first few bites reveal a sweet and tangy flavor that doesn’t overpower the taste of the prawns themselves.
For beef lovers, Toscano saved the best for last. The final item among the first courses is the Chianti Crudo from Firenze. Its good to note that this creation is only featured on their Miami Spice menu. This dish is a melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef tartar with cured egg yolks and “Bottarga” (aka Mediterranean caviar). This beef is so tender, you barely have to chew it. The beef has a buttery texture that’s dressed with heavenly savory, salty and tangy notes.
The Second course also consists of four dish options. Once again, all the options are delicious and choosing really comes down to your protein preference. The Pici Senesi from Siena is a delicious pasta item that puts a spotlight the restaurants duck ragu sauce. The homemade Pici was cooked perfectly and unlike your typical pasta; there is a density and flavor to it that would make it enjoyable even on its own.The addition of the robust and aromatic ragu sauce makes this dish one of the best on the menu.
The Cacciucco dish was the second offering that caught my attention. This stew of mussels and octopus in a tomato sauce is amazing for seafood lovers. It’s a staple in Tuscany cuisine and the ideal choice if you tend to like fish soups. In this presentation, the broth came in second to the perfectly cooked mussels and tender pieces of octopus, which were the main attraction. For a dish that seems to have some basic fresh ingredients, it’s full of flavor. The grilled bread at the top was the perfect final touch for dipping in the sauce in the end.
Dessert is the final course. Toscana created two liqueur based treats. A spoon is not required for their Cantucci E Vin Santo. This dessert consists of a biscuit made with pine nuts and toasted almonds that you dip into a glass of Vin Santo. Vin Santo is a very sweet Italian dessert wine with an almost syrupy texture. The biscuit, when dipped into the wine absorbs the flavor without losing its crispiness. It’s brilliant in its simplicity.
The alternative is their Zuppa Inglese in Alkermes. Elegantly served in a martini glass, this dessert is an Italian twist on an English classic. Layers of amaretto cookies, limoncello cream, fresh berries, and the vibrantly red Alkermes liqueur make this a sweet, tart, creamy, and distinctive dessert.
Toscana’s Miami Spice menu runs from August 1st to September 30th. The entire menu is available on their site here.
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Toscana Divino is a dining establishment located in Miami FL, that has a background of serving a wide variety of Italian cuisine. Please take note that according to many reviewers, the executive chef here is Julian Baker, but another tip many recommend to make your reservation well in advance.
Toscana Divino serves a wide selection and different variety of Italian cuisine as well, which includes the customer favorite dish, the pappardelle. While some reviewers may find some of the prices here are between $30-60, many others also recommend ordering the rigatoni they offer.
Many people will tell you the atmosphere here is very bright and cheerful and full of nick knacks on the walls to add to the funky and quirky decor of this place.
Most reviewers will tell you the service here is very efficient. Even when they get very busy and have a line out he door, you are usually seated very quickly and everything is done to accommodate to your needs.