“We thrive on quality ingredients and simplistic preparations to go outside the box of classic Italian and elevate the dishes to suit the surrounding Design District,” executive chef James Weinlein says. Miami’s Design District got even buzzier this past year with the arrival of Sofia. The southern sister to the original location in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood, the latest boîte from INK Entertainment (of Byblos, Amal, and Level 6 Rooftop fame) offers Italian fine dining within glammy interiors by Studio Munge.
Sparing no luxury, Alessandro Munge specified a full five pink-and-white honed marbles for the floor. The interiors also serve up a plate full of pink along with a rotating art collection curated by Taglialatella Galleries—the backdrop for fashionable guests sipping negroni siciliano, twirling forkfuls of cacio e pepe with housemade bucatini, and spooning their zeppole with pistachio gelato. Between the blush-red niches, poppy mixed-media works on the walls, and a private dining area with a sparkling chandelier by Brooklyn–based designer Rosie Li, the space almost feels like a high-gloss pied-à-terre. “We conceived it as an art dealer’s entertainment pad,” Munge says.