What is La Centrale?
La Centrale is Miami’s first-ever Italian food hall opening December 2017 conceptualized by notable NYC restauranteur Jacopo Giustiniani (SA Hospitality Group, Felice Wine Bars) with retail and food hall expert Matthias Kiehm (Harrods, Four Seasons Paris), La Centrale will introduce 14 different and truly authentic, Italian-inspired dining experiences spanning three stories and 40,000 square feet as the anchor tenant of Brickell City Centre.
Where does the inspiration come from?
The inspiration behind La Centrale comes from Italy itself. We want to recreate an Italian Holiday feel for every visitor that walks through our doors. Whether they are locals, visiting from another state or internationals, we want everyone to feel like they just stepped into an Italian vacation getaway when visiting La Centrale.
Where is it located?
La Centrale is one of the key tenants of Brickell City Centre, located on the north block of the 500,000-square-foot, open-air retail area.
What’s new about this food hall?
Unlike other food halls, La Centrale will have a very restaurant-forward approach, with truly authentic options that replicate the Italian lifestyle. We will focus on introducing new Italian eateries, cafes, restaurants and different atmospheres for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.
You can start your morning with fresh-brewed espresso; stop by during lunch for a fresh-baked pizza; have a quick afternoon pick-me-up with a sweet gelato treat; plan a romantic, sit-down dinner with your significant other during the evening; and finish the night with some cocktails with friends or coworkers in an indoor garden bar setting.
What can you tell us about the restaurants?
La Centrale will feature numerous new restaurants and eatery concepts, each designed after a specific region and different types of traditional Italian cuisine. You can expect everything from a quick, grab-and-go lunch spot to a multi-course, elegant dining restaurant experience.
On the first floor is a 5,000 square-foot Mercato, which will have an espresso bar, traditional Italian bakery, savory mozzarella and fresh raw bars, on-the-go prepared meals. The first floor will also house Pizza E Pasta serving authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in traditional wood fired ovens found in Naples.
The second floor features Pesce; a seafood restaurant serving the freshest fish South Florida has to offer inspired by the region of Liguria, Stagionale; a seasonal focused restaurant serving fresh produce, risottos and mozzarella inspired by the Veneto region, Carne; a true Italian steakhouse with the best cuts of meats cooked in a traditional wood-fired grill inspired by the Chianti region and an Italian chocolate and gelato eatery, cocktail and aperitivo bar with a live performance stage.
The third floor features the Enoteca; a curated collection of Italian wines and La Cucina; a dedicated kitchen event space for cooking classes, book signings, guest chef takeovers, wine tastings and more. What’s more, Miamians and visitors alike can savor La Centrale’s authentic Italian flavors by purchasing all of the ingredients and products used for the dishes found in the restaurants.
Will there still be retail and/or shopping areas?
While La Centrale is very focused on its eateries, cafes and restaurants, it will also feature select retail areas for visitors to purchase local produce and Italian products. These areas are instilled to allow visitors to bring memories from their La Centrale trip home for a lasting experience, and replicate their favorite meals at any time.
Can you tell me about the cooking school on the third floor?
The third floor will feature a dedicated kitchen event space, La Cucina, for anyone who is interested in learning more about Italian cuisine and polishing their culinary skills. Here, visitors have the chance to learn directly from our Italian chefs in a friendly and educational environment, providing them with the tools they need to prepare traditional Italian dishes at home. They can even learn how to properly prepare some of their favorite dishes served at La Centrale.
What vendors will be available/are coming to La Centrale?
La Centrale will feature very minimal vendors as the concept of the restaurants, eateries and other areas will be original and conceptualized specifically for La Centrale. However, there are opportunities for select vendors, which we will share more details on at a later date.
Can you tell us a little bit about Jacopo Giustiniani/Matthias Kiehm?
Jacopo Giustiniani, a native of Italy, has wine culture in his blood. During his formal education at Universita di Firenze, he spent time overseeing and learning his family’s winery in Tuscany, which includes 47 acres of vineyards located in the renowned wine region of Colline Lucchesi. He is most known for preserving the traditions of Italian wines into Felice Wine Bar in NYC. In 2006, Jacopo moved to the U.S. to become the wine buyer for SA Hospitality Group.
Matthias Kiehm has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality business. Matthias spent a majority of his career in worldwide directorial and managerial roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Among his more significant positions, Matthias served as the vice president of Ritz Hotel, Paris, and as the Business Director at the prestigious department store Harrods in London, where he successfully developed and opened 12 restaurants at Harrods Food Hall.