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Dream South Beach's Serafina Has a Secret Ingredient

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January 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

We already told you about the arrival of Serafina, the new Italian restaurant at the Dream South Beach. But what we've since learned is that Serafina has something pretty special going for it — something few Miami hotel restaurants get right, including the two chefs who struggled to get this space going in the past 12 months.

The secret ingredient? Common sense. Yes, the Pizza Tartufo Nero (pictured above) is to-die-for. Just like the Prosciutto & Bufaline, the Farfalle al Limoncello and the boozy popsicles for dessert. But it's what all of these dishes have in common that makes Serafina a standout in a city awash in mediocre Italian restaurants: the fact that they're actually perfectly suited to the climate.

Geoffrey Zakarian's Tudor House had a great concept -- gastro-pub comfort food -- but it was the kind of food that belonged in New York, not South Beach. The Serafina menu is the first Italian restaurant we've sampled in Miami that is light enough while still being tasty. Authentically Italian without relying on heavy sauces, fill-you-up meatballs or creamalicious pasta dishes.

It's also a good fit with the Dream South Beach brand -- the cool kids who flock to High Bar and crash in these Arabian-fantasy style rooms are style and body conscious. They want to keep things light.

Serafina, we applaud you for bringing common sense -- and delicious pizza -- to the beach. Hotel restaurants up and down Collins Avenue could learn a lot from you.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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