Scarpetta Miami Beach

Authentic Italian with a local touch
Authentic Italian cuisine meets quality, local ingredients at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Scarpetta Miami Beach inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Celebrity chef Scott Conant leads the restaurant, which also has outposts in cities including New York and Beverly Hills. Rich flavors dominate the menu, with dishes such as creamy truffled polenta with wild mushrooms or braised beef short ribs with farro risotto. Pair the Italian fare with a curated flight of wines and dessert — think chocolate zeppole with candied hazelnuts.

The Miami Beach restaurant has a wraparound veranda with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fontainebleau’s pools. But even if you aren't dining alfresco, the decadent food is served in nautical-inspired space with rich blues and crisp whites providing a seaside ambiance inside.  You’ll want to dress up a bit for dinner at the Miami Beach restaurant since both the food and dining room are stylish in that I-just-boarded a luxurious boat kind of way.
Our Inspector's Highlights
•While the table itself is definitely striking, all of the other elements gracing it are notably simple: China is solid white, made by Limoges and Rosenthal, glassware is from Schott Zwiesel and all of the flatware is made by Fortessa. The end result is a table setting that looks simultaneously chic and beachy.

•Order the pasta. All the pastas here are house-made and are the real showstoppers. The Recommended restaurant’s claim to fame is its spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil, but our all-time favorite is the duck and foie gras ravioli, which comes with drizzled with a reduced Marsala sauce.
Things to Know
•Sitting on a strip of miles of hotels, the restaurant is tucked away within the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach, three miles from South Beach and steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

•The restaurant’s name actually means “the little shoe” in Italian, while the phrase “fare la scarpetta” refers to the action of sopping up sauce on a plate with a chunk of bread. Given the array of pastas and flavorful dishes served, this is one restaurant that definitely lives up to its name.

•If you’re flying into South Florida, getting to the restaurant from the nearby Miami International Airport is a simple 12-mile drive.

•When dining leave the beachwear in your guestroom and change into something that matches the “elegant casual” dress code. You won’t need a suit and tie, but flip-flops and bathing suits are discouraged.

•If you want to see even more of chef Scott Conant, you can check out 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, the Food Network television program he hosts.
Getting There
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Scarpetta Miami Beach
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