Novecento at The Shops of Midtown, 3201 Buena Vista Ave, Miami Florida 33127
When I first sank my teeth into Novecento’s Beef Empanada, I knew instantly I was about to have an outrageous Spotlight love affair — and, well, I was right. I tried the Chicken & Cheese Empanada next and wow! The crust, which was baked to golden perfection, was just a precursor to its inside ooey-gooey deliciousness.
Before I devoured my next appetizer, the bar sent over its most popular drinks. I loved the Moscow Mule (made with vodka, ginger beer and lime) because it was strong and smooth, but the Scottish Lemonade really knocked my socks off (made with scotch, whiskey, apple juice, basil leaves and fresh lemon juice.) I enjoyed the unusual taste of the Le Poire’, too (made with vodka, lime juice, black pepper and simple syrup.) If you’re adventurous, this drink’s for you.
The Pulpo A La Parrilla (grilled octopus with prosciutto) was my next starter. It was extremely tender and the Potato Confit it’s served with gave it a great complimentary texture. The Tuna Tartar with Shrimp (Tartar De Atun y Camaron,) made with tuna, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, avocado, scallion, mozzarella, caviar and marinated in a soy/balsamic vinaigrette, was a carnival of fresh flavors. For a little crunch, mini-toasted baguettes are served on top. The combination is incredibly tasty. 😋
My main course arrived in all its meaty Ribeye glory (served with roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach.) The steak was beyond delicious and cooked to my exact liking – medium well; despite being well-cooked, it was still tender and juicy. I can’t remember the last time I had such a great steak. For dessert…
I had the Trio consisting of Flan, Crepes and Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Belgium Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Ice Cream. This yummy plate, which is big enough to share (I could hardly put a dent in it,) was sinfully amazing. I liked the Lava Cake best. The food at Novecento is exceptional and I like the atmosphere, too.
I went last Friday evening for Spotlight and the mood was relaxed, casual, but at the same time, chic. The restaurant describes itself as a “European Cafe with an Argentinian flair.” I couldn’t agree more, but you have to throw in its Italian sensibility. They hand-make killer pasta and take their love of wine seriously. With that being said, here’s the bottom line: there’s something for everyone at Novecento and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things. Cheers!
Monday-Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-1am.
In Midtown Miami on the corner of NE 32nd Street & Buena Vista Boulevard. There’s a parking garage conveniently located across the street from the restaurant and the rates are pretty decent for Miami.
If you’re in good with the asphalt Gods, perhaps you can nab a spot on the street. If so, just make sure you feed the meter because the parking police are ruthless in this part of the city.