One of the great things about Miami Spice, which runs through Sept. 30, is that it affords locals and visitors the opportunity for a true dining experience. That’s what you get at Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. From the tuxedo-wearing waiters to the three-course Miami Spice menu, everything about Il Mulino New York is about creating a first-class dining experience.
The restaurant, of course, has big standards to maintain, not only from its sister restaurants on South Beach and in New York, but from Acqualina Resort – one of South Florida’s more luxurious resorts, featuring 98 rooms set on 4.5 acres of prime SoFla real estate.
“We get a lot of first-time diners who might not be aware of our location at Acqualina. It’s a great opportunity to introduce them to the Il Mulino New York experience and our unique location,’’ said Hugo Martinez, executive chef at Il Mulino New York at Acqualina. “We want guests to get the full Il Mulino New York experience when they dine with us for Miami Spice, including all the pre-meal appetizers and great service we offer for a great value.’’
Martinez has created one of the deepest Miami Spice menus of any participating restaurant, including six appetizer selections and seven entrée selections to go with three dessert selections for the Spice price of $39 per person.
“We offer guests a large range of options for Miami Spice to give (guests) the opportunity to return to Il Mulino more than once during Miami Spice,’’ Martinez said.
The appetizers include a terrific Burrata baked with herbs and sautéed spinach; and Mussels Posillipo with white wine or red spicy marinara sauce.
My favorite entrée? Definitely the Rigatoni alla Bolognese with braised veal and beef in a rich tomato sauce. For those who want a seafood dish, there is the Salmon alla Griglia with porcini mushrooms sautéed in a light garlic and olive oil, over broccoli rabe. The flavors seem to magically mix together.
“This year, the most popular appetizer has been the Octopus alla Griglia, which is marinated with spices and orange juice and served with arugula. The most popular entrée has been the Filetto di Manzo alla Fiorentina – a 10-ounce filet of beef with shallots, sage and wine,’’ Martinez said. “Our Miami Spice menu is a combination of our signature dishes and some of our daily specials.’’
And it’s all adds up to one of the great dining experiences in South Florida.