Made In Italy Gourmet, Miami

Congratulations Pietro Morelli, Francesco Belcaro and Marco Toderti! You’ve succeeded in setting the highest standards in Miami with Made In Italy Gourmet, there’s NOTHING like this. All the superlatives couldn’t describe what you’ve created, a hip hangout for foodies to linger, sip wine, taste real Italian paninis and take home delicacies to continue the experience. For me, it’s always about the EXPERIENCE, and you’ve nailed it, 10 out of 10!

The high ceilings and loft like space spans 3,500 sq. ft. and will open to the public from 10-8pm TODAY, so get yourself over there to experience this mini Eataly. There’ll be daily wine tastings and food sampling as well as private VIP gatherings, chef presentations and cooking classes. Visit Made In Italy Gourmet for latest updates!

I’m so honored and thrilled to be invited to make Italian dishes in my wok, a challenge I’m excited about, stay tuned! 

For more, check out Eater Miami, Digest Miami.

Taste, Live, Share a little bit of Italy…Made In Italy Gourmet is at 10 NE 27th street, Wynwood, FL 33137, click here for map.

Made in Italy Gourmet-tableMy absolute favorite was sitting at this community table made of wood with Murano chandeliers overhead, it makes you feel so grand! 

Made In Italy Gourmet-TasteLiveShare I love your slogan, Taste, Live, Share! My brother in law is Italian and this is definitely somewhere he’d feel right at home, hanging and having a glass of wine, reading his papers, chatting and people watch.

Made in Italy Gourmet-kitchenLook at the details!

Made in Italy Gourmet-trayDown to the tray with wine glass clipped with a peg to steady it and slots for containers and even a place for cutlery, I absolutely love it.

Made in Italy Gourmet-saladsThe salads had a nice delicate dressing, not overpowering. The chacuterie was melt in your mouth tender and tasty. These were served during a VIP preview.

Made in Italy Preview Nosh2

Made in Italy Gourmet-deliVery cute idea: 5 sandwiches created by 5 different chefs will be judged by their popularity and will get “chopped” off the menu on a monthly basis, find out more here!

Hot sandwiches on focaccia, ciabatta, baguette with fine cheeses and chacuterie and cold salad selections!

MadeInItalyGourmet-wineThe wine library even has a vault!

Made In Italy Gourmet-storeThe mercato stocks every Italian delicacy you can imagine!

Made in Italy Gourmet - weekly feature

Made In Italy Gourmet- grab and goExploring different regions on a weekly basis with grab and go ingredients!

MadeInItalyGourmet-principals-VIPleft to right: Susan Pierres, Pietro Morelli, Sze Liu, Francesco Belcaro, Marco Toderti and yours truly in the front at VIP preview!

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