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Serafina Dream South Beach to debut December 2012

South Beach Location of New York’s Beloved Italian Outpost to Open at Dream South Beach

Serafina Restaurant Group is set to introduce its beloved New York restaurant concept to the South Beach market in December 2012. Located within the art deco Dream South Beach, Serafina Dream South Beach will specialize in signature Northern Italian cuisine fused with an energetic atmosphere, served in a fresco-soaked dining room. Owners Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato are transporting Serafina’s New York Northern Italian cuisine to the energetic corner of 11 th Street and Collins Avenue, welcoming families, locals and guests to feel at home in the beach setting.

Based on an authentic approach to cooking that uses only the highest quality ingredients, Serafina’s fare originates from family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Chef Marco Zuccala’s classic menu tempts the palate with enticing, bold flavors and recipes. Appetizers will include Carpaccio Di Filetto con Salsa di Tartufi Neri, thin sliced prime filet mignon with warm black truffle sauce and boiled potatoes; Tartare di Sofia, a selection of tuna and salmon marinated in a special sauce, the Italian way; and Lobster Carpaccio, thin slices of lobster with chopped baby arugula, corn and hearts of palm. Classic salads will include a Serafina signature, Arugula e Filetto, baby arugula salad with sliced seared filet mignon and shaved Parmigiano; and Serafina Chicken Salad, grilled organic chicken breast, romaine and mesclun, sun dried tomatoes, raisins, pine nuts, and a pesto dressing.

Serafina Dream South Beach’s wood stone oven will create the restaurant’s famous Northern Italian style pizza as the kitchen crafts homemade pastas. Serafina will serve more than 24 pizza varieties ranging from classics such as four varieties of Margherita Pizza including Classic Margherita, Margherita V.I.P, Regina Margherita and Di Vittorio to the very sophisticated Tartufo Nero with robiola, fontina and truffle cheese, truffle oil and sliced black truffles. Homemade pastas are served al dente including Paglia & Fieno, homemade fettuccine with light tomato sauce, basil, Parmigiano and a touch of cream; and Ravioli ai Porcini, homemade ravioli filled and sautÈed with fresh porcini mushrooms. Select pastas are available gluten free and in whole wheat. For daily breakfast Serafina offers favorites including Heavenly Pancakes and Egg White Frittata.

The interiors of Serafina were created by Ann-Sofie Bjerkander. Walls are adorned with frescos by artist Michela Martello while banquettes line the walls and center around a centerpiece of greenery. Soft pastel hues of the inspired frescos enhance the vibrant energy of the 129 seat indoor-outdoor dining room. Outdoor seating offers full service for beach-goers to enjoy after a day of sun-bathing and delicious and refreshing fresh fruit juices will also be available.

Sommelier Alessandra Rotondi has curated an extensive wine list featuring highlyrated, well-priced wines from Italy, France, New Zealand and the U.S. Serafina’s accessible wine list complements its inventive cocktail program created by resident mixologists. Serafina’s bar seats 16 with cocktails ranging from $10 – $15.

Serafina Dream South Beach will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeout daily. Upon ordering, patrons are welcome to park at Serafina’s valet for pick-up. Serafina’s takeout service allows for seamless kitchen-to-car delivery where locals will never have to leave their cars.

Serafina Dream South Beach is located at 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 with street entrance on 11th Street and $8 garage parking only a half block away on Collins l 305.534.8455 l l Open seven days a week.

ABOUT SERAFINA

Serafina Restaurant Group was conceived after Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato made a pact while traumatically lost at sea. The two friends agreed to open a restaurant serving the best pizza and pasta in the world if they were to survive the ordeal. In 1995, they fulfilled their promise by launching the highly acclaimed Serafina Fabulous Pizza (formerly known as Sofia’s). The Serafina concept features fabulous Nothern Italian food served in a fun, upbeat environment.

Following the success of their first location, Vittorio and Fabio have gone on to open Serafina Fabulous Grill, Serafina Osteria, Serafina Broadway, Serafina at The Time Hotel, Serafina East Hampton, Serafina Philadelphia, Serafina White Plains, Serafina Meatpacking and Serafina Upper Westside. Internationally, the group has opened Serafina locations in Tokyo, Moscow, Mumbai and two locations in S„o Paulo. Additional restaurants in the group include Geisha Table and Brasserie Cognac. Vittorio and Fabio energetically guarantee comfort, excitement and delicious food at every location.

ABOUT DREAM SOUTH BEACH

Dream South Beach is a fashionable Art Deco-inspired paradise located in the heart of South Beach, directly behind Villa by Barton G., formerly the iconic Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina. The hotel is only 50 yards away from the most pristine, white sand Atlantic Ocean beaches as well as steps from the hottest clubs, restaurants and famed shopping avenues; Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Dream South Beach is a delightfully hypnotic hideaway from the South Florida sun with dÈcor elements that evoke a feeling of the late ‘70s with a hint of poolside glamour. Dream South Beach is located at 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 l, 305.673.4747 l