Boia De, a new neighborhood restaurant from chef couple Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer will open to the public with dinner service on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Located at 5205 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s up-and-coming Buena Vista neighborhood; the funky, intimate restaurant is the first brick and mortar concept from the culinary duo. Until last month, they operated La Pollita, a beloved Mexican food cart in the nearby Design District. They closed to focus on launching Boia De (which translates to Oh My! from Italian).
Boia De accommodates just 24 seats in a long, narrow space. Its retro-modern style, comfortably chic furnishings, and modern American menu offer a warm welcome to neighbors, friends and South Florida foodies curious about the couple’s new project. La Pollita was a beloved but limited stage for the two; at Boia De, diners will be able to witness the full scope of their fine dining training and culinary influences and backgrounds. Luci, a Miami native from a big Latin-Italian family, has worked in some of New York’s most acclaimed kitchens including Scarpetta, The Nomad, and Carbone, and spent a summer cooking in Tuscany. Alex, whose culinary career is equally pedigreed, worked in Los Angeles at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Animal and Son of a Gun and New York’s Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad, where he met Luci.
Boia De’s menu embraces sharing, with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Straightforward with standout signature dishes; it ranges from snacks and starters to large format composed plates and includes choices such as Crispy Polenta with marinated eggplant, basil and ricotta Salata, Baked Clams with ‘njuda and lemon, Ricotta Gnudi with cherry Pomodoro and Crispy Potato Skins with burrata, caviar, and hardboiled egg. Larger plates include Pappardelle Alla Lepre, rabbit sugo with tomato and rosemary; Pork Collar Steak with fennel pollen, cherries, and mustard greens, as well as Costata Alla Fiorentina, a dry-aged bone-in NY Strip offered with brown butter potatoes.
On the lighter side, guests can opt for Luci’s Chopped Salad or Tuna Crudo with Sicilian pesto, smoky eggplant miso, and crispy couscous; Steamed Atlantic Cod with chickpeas, leeks, tomato, and white wine; and Grilled Yellowtail Snapper with crispy artichokes and Meyer lemon aioli. A few simple desserts will be offered daily, complemented by selections from Frice Cream, a local ice cream purveyor.
The emphasis on local resources naturally extends to the dining experience as well – in some cases, uber-local – bread from Miami’s outpost of Sullivan Street Bakery, coffee from Great Circle Coffee, Frice Cream – all located in the surrounding neighborhood. In fact, perhaps the most compelling story behind the restaurant’s genesis lies with the involvement of local artisans, artists, purveyors, and friends in helping bring Boia De to life.
Boia De located at 5205 Northeast Second Avenue will be open for dinner six nights a week (closed Tuesdays) from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Friday to Saturday until 11:30 PM. For more information, please visit www.boiaderestaurant.com
5205 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137