A Florence, Italy favorite 'O Munaciello has officially set up shop here in the Magic City at 6425 Biscayne Blvd. Marking the first outpost for the Neapolitan-style pizzeria, it features a variety of Italian dishes mainly cooked in the handmade brick oven, which of course, is also imported from Italy.
At the helm of ‘O Munaciello Miami's kitchen is pizza maker Carmine Candito — who we’re told comes from a long line of Neapolitan restaurateurs and pizza makers — along with Elia Cui who serves as executive chef and who most recently was working at ‘O Munaciello Florence.
The menu stays true to its Florence counterpart serving a variety of Neapolitan influenced dishes like including agnolotti, a massive seafood platter meant for two, pastas, plus plenty of pizzas like the Ricotta E Salamino Piccante pizza made with ricotta cheese, spicy salami, and mozzarella to the more non-traditional Tonno pizza topped with fresh tuna, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. For dessert items like rum baba and chocolate soufflé make an appearance.
As for the design, it’s described as a “modern reinterpretation of the Florence outpost.” The 1,000 square foot space features 24’ vaulted brick ceilings, pastel colors on the walls and trim and custom-made artwork from Naples. And the pièce de résistance? When guests arrive they are “greeted” by a handcrafted life-sized statue of the "'O Scartellat," aka a hunchback, which is supposed to bring you luck if you rub its back (if it doesn’t startle you first). Similarly, looking over diners from the ceiling vaults of the main room is a life-sized sculpture of “O’Angelo,” the Angel of the Nativity, which is a reflection of their religion.
The restaurant is now open Tuesday to Thursday 6 to 11 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6 to midnight. Call 305-497-8637 for more information.