Adventurous Italian Concept Debuts in Sunny Isles Beach
Biella Ristorante, an eclectic new Italian restaurant in South Florida has opened its doors in the heart of the Sunny Isles Beach neighborhood at 17082 Collins Avenue. The dining destination boasts a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere where diners can enjoy imaginative and refined homemade Italian fare. Situated in a light, airy space that marries a traditional white tablecloth aesthetic with New World elegance, Biella’s setting is as memorable as the cuisine.
Named after a quaint township in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, Biella recalls the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to the very last bite. The culinary brainchild of owner Gonzalo Carnevalli, Biella was created for diners who want to eat food that is reminiscent of traditional Italy but served in a modern ambiance and with innovative flourishes. “We’re excited to bring Biella to South Florida,” says Carnevalli, who mentions the fabulous weather, plentiful and proximate local produce, and friendly competition as his inspiration. “The menu is the perfect addition to the Sunny Isles neighborhood; with several shareable plates and a wide antipasti selection, it makes for an intimate and refined dining experience.”
Head Chef Jorge Cabrera oversees the kitchen, bringing widespread knowledge of local produce combined with a prowess for international cooking to the team. The native Cuban prides himself on his ability to coax sublime flavors from the simplest ingredients. Cabrera spent close to 14 years in high-profile kitchens spanning all across the Magic City and Cuba before accepting the Executive Chef position at Biella; most recently as Executive Sous Chef of Seaspice on the Miami River and before that, as Executive Sous Chef of Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill in Midtown.
The bar at Biella is a perfect place to relax after a long day of work or meet up with friends for a glass of wine or a signature cocktail such as the Italian Mojito — Bacardi Limon, muddled mint and lime shaken over ice then topped with Mionetto prosecco, or the refreshing Kiwi Crush — Absolut Citron vodka, peach schnapps, muddled kiwi, mint, and lemon with a splash of ginger ale. Draft beer and a selection of cocktails are offered at a reduced price during Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM. Ladies can enjoy specials on Prosecco, Sangria, Wine and all cocktails on Thursdays for Ladies Night from 9 PM to 11 PM.
For light bites, the bar menu offers an abundance of Antipasti options that can be ordered at the dinner table as well. House favorites include the Short Rib Pastrami with pickled mustard seeds, red cabbage puree, and bread crumble; Foie Gras Toast with raspberry marmalade, fresh strawberries and pistachios; golden-fried Green Tomatoes with a Pomodoro gorgonzola sauce; and miniature Crab Cakes served with a refreshing apple slaw and lemon parsley aioli – but that’s not all. The Antipasti menu continues on the dinner menu offering more traditional selections such as the Zuppe de Salmone — a bisque-like Salmon soup topped with pieces of smoked salmon, salmon roe and avocado; and Carpaccio di Manzo with pickled mushrooms, charred peppers, dressed with savory bone marrow, almonds, and shaved parmigiana. Also available for sampling is an impressive selection of caviar from Trout to Bowfin, even Russian Ossetra (Sturgeon) served with bomb line pancakes.
Biella’s à la carte dinner menu has something for everyone; from Smoked Salmon Pizza with jet black squid-ink crust to Burrata with tomato conserve, and fennel salad, all dishes are prepared with only the freshest ingredients and offer a unique, gourmet interpretation of Italian classics. Pasta specialties all “fatta en casa” (made in-house) are notable for their unparalleled freshness, rich textures, and unique flavor pairings; favorites include but are not limited to Spaghetti Artigianali with homemade whole wheat pasta, sautéed shrimp in a creamy vodka sauce topped with caviar and a generous dollop of fresh ricotta cheese; and Ravioli di Pera e Gorgonzola — pockets of fresh pasta filled with pear and ricotta, served with a gorgonzola cream sauce and garnished with balsamic vinegar and truffle oil. Fish specialties include the Spigola (seabass) with carrot puree and black lentils and the Branzino with mussels, clams, shrimp and cherry tomatoes. For meat lovers, options include the Costolette di Agnello — Colorado lamb chops with red lentil puree and the Pastrami Brisket with bone marrow, and arugula served with house-made country white bread.
Ending on a sweet note, dessert options offer a perfect South Florida-meets-Italy closing with tropical fruits and light but decadent flavors. The Dolci selection includes a Vanilla Panna Cotta with passion fruit caramel and whipped crème Fraiche; guava, mango or strawberry Sorbetto and Apple Torejas with cinnamon ice cream and caramelized apples.
A jewel box nestled in Sunny Isles Beach’s, RK Center, the 151-seat restaurant presents a modern charm with wonderfully-selected, softer touches. Space features a bounty of greenery and natural elements that reflect contemporary South Florida decor. Rich wood beams and neutrally toned walls frame the space, while modern light fixtures delicately illuminate the tables. Smooth table finishes and marbleized countertop add warmth to space. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant features an intimate lounge with cozy seats and low top cocktail tables and an energized bar with plush stools and reclaimed artisanal wood floors. Outdoor, bistro-style seating is also available and can accommodate up to 28 guests – perfect for enjoying a bite al fresco.
Biella Ristorante is located at 17082 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5 PM to 11 PM, seven nights a week. Self-parking is available and valet is offered nightly.