The guys behind one of South Florida’s most popular wine bars, Uvaggio, are expanding their restaurant talents this year for their latest concept, No Name Chinese. The tongue and cheek name is an ode to the fact that they couldn’t “come up with a name after eight f***** months,” explains partner Heath Porter.
Taking over a corner in South Miami at 7400 SW 57th Street, the restaurant will be a departure from Porter and partner Craig DeWald’s original Coral Gables spot. The menu will focus on Chinese cuisine using traditional techniques and flavors but adding a new cleaner spin to the dishes. Think plenty of dumplings, house-made hoisin sauce, aromatic broths and flavors not only from China, but also Vietnam and Cambodia.
Heading the kitchen is chef Pablo Zitzmann, who was most recently at Trust & Co., and who just spent some time in Asia learning how to create dumplings from master dumpling makers in order to create the menu (which he documented on Instagram). Keeping with the spirit of Uvaggio it’ll serve plenty of “weirdo” wines and beers that complement the spicy and salty cuisine, plus a tea program that’ll showcase ingredients that they grew themselves at a local school farm.
The duo is aiming for an April/May opening for the 75-seat restaurant that will also feature a Miami bonus: parking. The restaurant plans to be open for lunch and dinner with a dim sum brunch and delivery also in the works. Stay tuned for more updates.