Niven Patel, the man behind one of Miami’s most successful new restaurants, Ghee Indian Kitchen, is expanding his mini culinary empire with Erba, a pasta focused restaurant debuting sometime in 2019.
“When I started this career of mine I always had a fascination for pasta, and a lot of people who don’t know me perceive me as the Indian chef,” notes Patel. “My passion for pasta and all things farm-to-table and things out of the wood oven is actually even far greater than Indian food has been.”
Located just a few doors down from Ghee in Downtown Dadeland at 8865 SW 72nd Place, Erba will feature a menu of pastas, local charcuterie and cheeses, a dedicated focaccia section and more. And like his Ghee restaurants, he’ll be sourcing most of his produce from his Homestead farms, which recently expanded.
For this new project Patel tapped Tim Piazza to help him lead the kitchen. Piazza has most recently been chef de cuisine at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – where Patel also served as chef de cuisine – and boasts an Italian background, working in the kitchens of Tom Colicchio and Justin Smillie making pastas.
Erba, which means herbs in Italian, will be housed in a 2,900-square-foot, 130-seat space with an open kitchen, a pasta room where guests can see people creating the pastas, wood-oven, and Italian slicer.
No time frame has been set for the opening just sometime in 2019, and “hopefully sooner rather than later.” Stay tuned for more details.