15th Miami Spice kicks off at local restaurants

Miami Spice is kicking off its 15th year, and this time around, a few restaurants are raising the bar. For some, it’s more about the atmosphere than the fixed price menu that offers three course meals at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner.

Great food. Awesome prices. That can only mean one thing: It’s Miami Spice time — and who doesn’t love a great deal?

Robert Delarosa, Lique: “This gives us the opportunity to really showcase what we do. We do Mediterranean, we do Asian fusion, and we have a phenomenal chef.”

Your ship — or should we say yacht — has come in at Lique in North Miami Beach.

Robert Delarosa, Lique: “We’re right on the water and we’re on the Intracoastal. We have a beautiful 66-foot Majesty yacht, and we’re doing a Miami Spice at sea.”

Reservations are a good idea — if you want to dine on the room with a view.

Robert Delarosa, Lique: “It was something that we really wanted to offer to the community to elevate the Miami Spice experience.”

Spice is a cabaret at the National Hotel on SoBe.

Matthew McDonald, National Hotel: “The special things about us is that we have ‘The Cabaret’ that people can come and enjoy that starts at 8 o’clock.”

Their menu offers a side order of song and dance as you chow down on what they’re serving.

Matthew McDonald, National Hotel: “The basil champagne mojito is one of our signature drinks that we’re going to present with Miami Spice, which also pairs well with some of the lighter dishes that we have, like the watermelon and feta salad.”

Over at Toscana Divino in Brickell, you can go old school or new school.

Jeff Maxfield, Toscana Divino: “You have two menus that you can choose from. Myself and Chef de Cuisine, Andrea, we’re constantly in conversation. He’s Italian. I’m American, so we have this beautiful dynamic that goes back and forth.”

Diners can choose between traditional Old World cuisine…

Jeff Maxfield, Toscana Divino: “We have a carbonara di mare on the menu, and carbonara is traditionally eggs, pancetta, black pepper and cheese.”

Or the modern version.

Jeff Maxfield, Toscana Divino: “The carbonara di mare is fish eggs with a little bit of lardo and uni, so you get that creaminess, that spiciness, and you only have fish eggs in there. It’s a really, really familiar presentation with a totally different flavor.”

But no matter what menu you choose, Toscana just wants you to have a good time.

Jeff Maxfield, Toscana Divino: “Anytime you have great food and great drinks at an affordable price, I think it’s worth the night out in the town.”

FOR MORE INFO:

Lique Miami
3957 NE 163rd St.
North Miami FL 33160
305-705-2425
liquemiami.com

National Hotel
1677 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-231
nationalhotel.com

Toscana Divino
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
900 S Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
305- 371-2767
toscanadivino.com

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