With Miami-Dade County shutting down indoor dining for the foreseeable future, Downtown Miami’s Mignonette (210 NE 18th Street) has transformed temporarily into Red Sauce, an Italian-American style comfort food pop-up available for takeout and delivery.
Mignonette’s co-owner Danny Serfer says Red Sauce was an idea him and co-owner Ryan Roman had been “kicking around for the last five years but it never materialized.” The menu is filled with hearty Italian classics made with plenty of red sauce like French bread pepperoni pizza; ziti made with a ragu bolognese made from pork, veal, beef, lamb, and chicken livers; a variety of francaises, parmesans, and marsalas made with the choice of chicken or veal; and its famous “veggie” board with a variety of Italian-style sides like risotto, polenta, and broccoli rabe. And even though red sauce is literally the star of the menu, dishes sans the red stuff like shrimp scampi, clams casino, and linguine with clams can also be found.
The switch from Mignonette to Red Sauce came as Serfer and Roman saw the demand lagging for seafood takeout, which is the only option the restaurant currently has as it offers no outdoor dining.
“When you navigate Miami drivers with oysters on the half shell, they tend to slide all over the place and you’re left with oysters on the no shell,” Serfer notes in jest.
Red Sauce is now open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. for pick up at the restaurant or delivery through UberEats. Order here.