Miami’s highly anticipated Italian food hall concept, La Centrale, has opened massive space to the public. Le Centrale (pronounced Chen-TRAH-leh), opened up inside Brickell City Centre at 701 S. Miami Avenue, and marks the first of the brand’s food hall in a national expansion to cities such as Atlanta and Boston.
The three floor, 40,000 square foot space boats 14 different Italian eateries and five bars and more than 600 seats. Dining options range from grab-and-go food counters to casual dining restaurants to upscale, sit-down restaurants. It also boasts a retail component with a selection of more than 1,000 Italian retail products, grocery staples, such as meats, fish, bread, cheese and more as well as 500 different wine labels.
Tuscan-born Vincenzo Scarmiglia (formerly of Vegas’ Giada at The Cromwell) has been tapped as executive chef of La Centrale’s eateries and menus. La Centrale’s first level is was inspired by an Italian piazza offers quick dining options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with a focus on Italian street food. It features six grab-and-go options with everything from espresso to salads, a pizza and pasta eatery, Pizza e Pasta, and Sicilian-inspired Caffé
La Centrale’s second level houses its three sit-down restaurants, including the meat-centric Carne, fish-focused Peace, and plant-based Stagionale, along with its Aperitivo Bar and a chocolate and gelato eatery run by Italian chocolatier, Venchi.
On the third level it features a wine shop, a Tuscan-inspired wine bar with a small plates menu and a tasting room, all focusing mostly on Italian wines. This level also houses La Cucina, the space’s cooking and event studio that act as a pice of cooking classes, private parties, book signings, guest chef takeovers, wine tastings, and more.
For guests who want to recreate their meals at home, La Centrale’s Personal Shopper program allows diners seated at the restaurants to check-mark ingredients off a grocery list menu to hand over to a waiter. Then La Centrale’s personal shopper will collect the ingredients while the guests are dining, and at the end of the meal the selected grocery items will be ready to take home.
La Centrale is now open daily, with hours varying restaurant to restaurant. Only the first floor is currently open at this time, with the others debuting soon.