Sofia Design District, Italian restaurant, This fall, a popular, expensive Italian eatery from Toronto’s posh Yorkville suburb will open in Miami. The Sofia Design District will open in Palm Court this November. And is decked out in pink marble and polished chrome, and will provide traditional Italian fine dining in a contemporary indoor-outdoor setting with Neapolitan ice cream hues.
The idea originated with INK Entertainment, a Toronto and Miami-based hospitality company that operates Byblos (Miami Beach) and Amal. Two Miami hotspots with Mediterranean influences (Coconut Grove). Sofia hopes to become Palm Court’s “newest signature restaurant,” according to INK founder and CEO Charles Khabouth. Despite the fact that the Design District is already home to a large number of upscale eateries, including well-known Italian restaurants like MC Kitchen and Palat, and Pharrell’s ultra-trendy pastel wonderland, Swan.
The Sofia Design District Italian restaurant, which is located next to the recently acknowledged Itamae by Micheli, debuts a menu of both contemporary and classic Italian cuisine that honors the regional flavors of Italy. Expect a variety of antipasti, including crudo grilled octopus, citrus salads, and zucchini stuffed with ricotta.
For entrées, Sofia serves traditional handmade pasta dishes like rigatoni alla vodka and cacio e Pepe al Tartufo. Among the standouts from the Carne, mains are wagyu fillets, breaded veal, and prime striploin, among others. The pesce area also includes branzino, aragosta (butter-poached crab), and gamberetti (wild king prawn).
Sofia’s Italian-inspired cocktails (with names like Nights of Cabiria and Sorrentino) stress execution and graceful presentation. And its wine list includes a variety of vintages and difficult-to-find Italian wines. Both are garnished with locally grown herbs. The restaurant’s flamingo-pink, Italian-glam indoor-outdoor settings were created by the award-winning group Studio Munge. And they will be brought to life every night with DJs and live performances.