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Maitardi, Miami

163 N.E. 39th Street
Miami , Florida
Tel: 305 572 1400's insider take:

Design District denizens come to Maitardi for affordable (for the neighborhood, at least) northern Italian fare and an atmosphere that balances between superstylish and pretention-free in a way that's rare for Miami hangouts. A tiled wood-burning oven dominates the small dining room, which shines with an antique mirror and polished concrete floors. But on balmy Miami nights, a seat on the patio under sweeping oak trees and Moroccan lanterns is the hottest ticket. (An alcove fronted with concrete columns and backed by a mosaic wall is a particularly sexy spot to settle in.) On Friday nights, a DJ spins Motown and funk and patrons linger after meals of perfectly crisped flatbreads and pizzas fired in the open hearth or risotto with fresh scallops bathed in squid ink and tossed with crispy leeks. The jazz brunch on Sundays draws families; while the parents sip prosecco, the kids run around the courtyard. The restaurant's name, by the way, means "never late," and its slogan—"a place where time is not of the essence"—happily does not apply to the spot-on service.—Terry Ward

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to 12 am.

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