Mid-Beach will now have its fair share of Italian food with the opening of Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, an Autograph Collection property. Chef-Partner Manuel Mattei will be in charge of all culinary affairs on the property, bringing old school family recipes to guests. The hotel will feature two dining concepts both inspired by Chef Mattei’s heritage and years working as a chef in coastal Italy.
Donna Mare will be an authentic Italian trattoria featuring traditional fare and seafood including Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-fire oven, homemade pastas, locally-caught grilled fish and grass-fed meats, all prepared in a modernly-designed open kitchen. The polished interior, designed by New York-based Bill Rooney Studio, focuses on the classic beauty of the hotel’s Art Deco architecture, with light woods with smoky blue accents, adding warmth and depth to the high ceilings and gray stone floors with seating for 150 guests and a full bar. A semi-private dining space is also available within the restaurant, offering seating for up to 24 guests.
The second concept, Bungalow by the Sea, is outdoor and oceanside featuring both food and cocktails with seating for 96 guests and a full bar. Morning offerings include freshly squeezed juices, Italian Caffè Vergnano coffee and European-inspired bites. The afternoon menu will be kept simple with daily fisherman’s catch, with signature dishes including Maine lobster rolls with shoestring fries; wild tuna tartare with Meyer lemon, avocado and cilantro; and a Wagyu beef cheeseburger. Specialty cocktails include the Cadillac Margarita made with Don Julio Silver tequila, organic lime juice, organic agave and Grand Marnier, and Cadillac Frosé made with rosé wine, Absolut vodka, strawberries and simple syrup.
The property boasts an extensive wine list with the lobby bar featuring rosé flights for those who love to rosé all day.
Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is located at 3925 Collins Ave. Donna Mare Trattoria is open for breakfast service seven days a week and dinner service from 6 – 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 6 p.m. – midnight on Friday and Saturday. Bungalow by the Sea is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday.