Opening Thursday, January 27, Amalia is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located inside The Lennox Hotel, a hidden oasis and luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Miami Beach’s charming Art Deco district. Helmed by Argentine native Executive Chef Hernan Griccini, Amalia’s menu will showcase the clean, healthy dishes that are the stars of Mediterranean cooking, complemented by subtle Latin American accents. The result? Authentic, memorable dishes that showcase proper technique, smart sourcing and bold flavors.
“We are working very hard to ensure that Amalia captures the true essence of the Mediterranean, while at the same time creating something truly original,” says Griccini. “From the quality of our ingredients to our flavor combinations and design, we really hope to captivate our guests with an unforgettable dining experience.”
Amalia will serve as Griccini’s canvas – a place where the rising star chef will artistically meld his classic training with inspirations from his culinary sojourns abroad to create an upscale yet approachable dining experience. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Griccini has worked in some of the world’s most acclaimed kitchens including Michelin restaurant Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, Oviedo Restaurante and Relais & Chateaux in Argentina, as well as Villa Azur and Restaurante Mandolina in Mexico City. Additionally, Griccini oversaw kitchens at renowned resorts in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. He is also one of the founding members of GAJO (Gastronomía Argentina Joven), an alliance of young chefs that aim to elevate Argentinean cuisine through education.
At Amalia, Griccini will serve an ever-changing menu that goes beyond typical expectations of Mediterranean cuisine. He will focus on a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu that encompasses the Mediterranean basin, which covers several vastly different geographical areas including Italy, Spain, Morocco and Israel while honoring his roots and culinary training with flavors from Argentina and Peru.
Shareable Appetizers include Roasted Eggplant served with sundried tomatoes, maroquin lemon, Stracciatella cheese, fresh herbs, arugula salad; Fried Brussels Sprouts served with guacamole, yakitori dressing, crispy almonds; and Burrata & Heirloom Tomatoes offered with Italian gremolata and Focaccia. Palate-pleasing Entrees include Steak Frites – Angus tenderloin filet served with red onion marmalade and curry butter; Whole Grilled Branzino served with organic roasted potatoes, gremolata dressing, anchovies and sundried tomatoes; and Chilean Pacific Salmon perfectly roasted and served with capers, Sauvignon Blanc and steamed broccolini with fresh lemon. Fresh Pastas are made in-house and include Porccini Ravioli with wild mushrooms butter, walnuts, Taleggio cheese; Ricotta & Pear Fiocchi with balsamic glaze, truffle oil, fresh sage, basil butter and tomatoes; Grandma’s Gnocchi – handmade gratinated potatoes gnocchi, Pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese; and Tagliolini Bolognese with a hearty ragú and fresh basil. Diners can end on a sweet note with decadent dessert options such as Gluten Free Dark Chocolate made with creamy Belgian dark chocolate and served with apricot marmalade and vanilla ice cream; Banana Pudding – warm banana, walnut pudding, caramel sauce with dulce de leche ice cream; Italian Pavlova – eureka lemon curd, fresh seasonal fruit & passion fruit; and Classic Tres Leches.
A carefully curated wine list offers selections from both Old and New World vineyards including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. The cocktail program at Amalia perfectly complements the menu and combines balanced flavors with meticulous execution.
Inspired by coastal Mediterranean and Patagonian charm, but with a careful consideration for modern aesthetic, the140-seat indoor/outdoor space will feature an open kitchen, lush greenery and an array of seating options in the bar and dining area. Outside, the expansive patio is the perfect setting to enjoy a bite al fresco.
Amalia is located inside The Lennox Hotel at 1900 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. The eatery will open for Breakfast daily from 8AM to 11:30AM; Lunch from 12:30PM to 3:30PM; and Dinner from 5:30PM to 10PM. Reservations recommended on OpenTable. Website: www.lennoxmiamibeach.com/dining/