Coconut Grove’s culinary renaissance continues. The latest restaurant to the neighborhood is Ariete, which officially opened its doors over the weekend. Helmed by former Cypress Room and Tuyo sous chef Michael Beltran it serves a variety of "new-American, ingredient-driven" dishes in the former La Bottega space.
On the menu expect house-made charcuterie boards, foie gras, local fish and plenty of meats prepared on the restaurant’s wood grill like pork chops and porterhouse steaks. Beltran says that the "idea isn't to reinvent the wheel but to combine new American ideals" to the cuisine. To oversee the desserts Beltran tapped pastry chef and Hedy Goldsmith "protégé" Dallas Wynne who’s making items like sour orange doughnuts and pies for the restaurant.
Helping with the drinks is the restaurant’s other partner, Jason Odio, who happens to own Brickell’s popular watering hole, Sidebar. The restaurant features plenty of craft beers, cocktails and an American wine list. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway and is now for dinner nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. and until midnight Thursday through Sunday, with lunch and brunch to follow. Call 305-640-5862 for more information.