After operating one of the most popular stands for authentic tacos in South Florida, the husband-and-wife owners of La Pollita in the Miami Design District thought it was time to open a bona fide, sit-down restaurant. Unfortunately for Mexican food fans, they shuttered their former dining destination and switched gears entirely menu-wise. The good news is Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer are just as talented with Italian cuisine at Boia De, which opens today in nearby Buena Vista. Italian for “Oh My!,” the adorable spot that only seats 24 diners marks the couple’s brick-and-mortar foray. Though tiny, it gives them a grander stage to show off their impressive culinary backgrounds. Before their meet-cute at The Nomad in New York, they’d collectively cooked at Scarpetta and Eleven Madison Park in New York and Animal and Son of a Gun in Los Angeles. Giangrandi, a Miami native, also spent a summer in Tuscany. Lucky for her hometown, she wooed Meyer to return with her. Their amazingly simple fare—chopped salad, tuna crudo with Sicilian pesto, clams with ‘njuda (spicy salami) and grilled yellowtail snapper with crispy artichokes and Meyer lemon aioli—arrives just in time for light summer suppers. Leave the grilling to them, too, from tender pork to Florentine-style NY strip. Local partnerships include Proper Sausages, Frice Cream and Sullivan Street Bakery’s Miami branch.
5205 Northeast Second Avenue; 305.967.8866; boiaderestaurant.com