Dolce far niente – literally means “sweet doing nothing” = “Delicious idleness”. Sheer indulgent relaxation and blissful laziness, being deliciously idle.
Italians have the ability to do beautiful things with ease, whether it’s fashion, architecture, wine and obviously food, they seem to have an innate talent to make life seem effortless and joyous. That is exactly the feeling you get when you visit Made in Italy Gourmet. The first thing you see is this huge space that used to be a warehouse filled with natural light, wood, plants and 3 large chandeliers that adorn the communal table close to the Wine Library. The decor is an eclectic mix of industrial and farmhouse style that it’s quite beautiful and unusual. Then there are other areas such as the Grand bar, the Salumeria where Italian chefs prepare their delicious creations, and the Mercato where you can buy some Italian goodies to take home.
Everything in this locale has been meticulously sourced to maintain the soul of Italian culture, the food is purchased from the best purveyors in the region to guarantee freshness and purity, the wine selection is quite vast and delicious and you can have a few glasses during the popular “aperitivo” on Friday night (aperitivo is the name for the ritual of going out for a pre-dinner drink, it comes from the Latin word meaning “to open” and in Italian it is meant to open your hunger so you can fully enjoy your meal), or you can buy a bottle to pair with that delicious candlelight dinner with your date or a casual charcuterie board with friends.
Aside from the authentic food and wine, the coffee is absolutely incredible. If you have a passion for espresso, then definitely try theirs because you will become a fan. This is the ideal spot where you can bring a book or your laptop, sip on really good coffee and let time slow down for a while. Nobody is rushing you, quite the contrary, you are encouraged to stay for as long as you want so you can feel like home.
The quality of the food, the wine, the great decor are just part of the puzzle, but what makes Made in Italy really special is the staff. Most are Italian, European or South American but they all got charm, great manners and sexy accents. Good service is a lost art in Miami and it is incredibly refreshing to find a place where anyone can feel comfortable going alone or with a large group.
Their motto is “Taste, Live, Share” and they do embrace it in every aspect of the establishment.
I hope you feel encouraged to go and enjoy this beautiful place for a quick lunch, a nice dinner or brunch.