Donatella Arpaia Opens Noma Seaside by Redfish in Miami

Redfish, the waterfront restaurant situated inside Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables, has at all times been a spot stunning sufficient for anniversary dinners, birthdays, and even proposals. In 2017, the restaurant suffered intensive harm from Hurricane Irma and remained closed for a number of years till chef Adrianne Calvo reopened it in 2019.

Now, the restaurant will get a brand new lease on life when Donatella Arpaia opens Noma Seaside at Redfish in mid-November.

Arpaia, a star chef identified for her meatballs, relocated to Pinecrest from New York Metropolis in 2018. For the previous few years, Arpaia has been busy elevating her three young children and navigating the pandemic together with her husband, a coronary heart surgeon. Arpaia says that these years allowed her to be taught Miami. “It was an enormous transfer on the time. I used to be such a diehard New York lady, however I really feel like a real Miamian now,” she says.

Arpaia wished to get again into the hospitality trade however had sure stipulations. “For me, it must be one thing near my home as a result of visitors is a nightmare. And it needed to be one thing that conjures up me,” she shares.

Arpaia was invited to dine at Redfish and was immediately surprised. “Once I noticed it, I used to be like, Oh my gosh, I really like this place,” she says.

Arpaia partnered with Rodney Barreto to work on the area. Barreto, who serves as each chairman of the Miami Tremendous Bowl Committee and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee, helped Arpaia protect the integrity of the historic construction whereas upgrading the kitchen to make it a extra purposeful area. “The kitchen is minuscule, so we divided the internal area to make extra room for back-of-the-house operations. It is now 50 p.c kitchen,” Arpaia explains.

Arpaia can be putting in a Wooden Stone wood-burning oven exterior, which can increase the restaurant’s cooking footprint and end fish and meat dishes.

The chef, who spent her summers in Naples, Italy, rising up, will provide Italian dishes utilizing domestically sourced elements. “The pastas, the pizzas, the meatballs will all be on the menu. I obtained an incredible pasta machine from Italy, and I am unable to wait to make use of it,” she says. Noma Seaside will even serve seafood. “We’re trying on the water, so there must be recent fish.” Arpaia is planning on providing merely made crudo. “You get a great piece of yellowtail and season it with olive oil from Sicily and salt, and it tastes so recent and clear, you do not want extra elements.”

When Noma Seaside opens in just some weeks, do not be stunned to see the chef there nightly. Arpaia, who has labored at eating places akin to Bellini, David Burke and Donatella, Anthos, Mia Dona, and Kefi, plans to be at all times current. “I’ve the data; I am very keen about this. Even the title — Noma — is a mix of my twin’s names. Noma displays my life now, and this can be a private restaurant for me.”

Arpaia says she’s properly conscious of the challenges of opening a restaurant through the present local weather with provide chain points, excessive rents, and a pandemic nonetheless looming. “Even when one thing is correct, it is tough. I am as much as the problem. Plus, I solely stay just a few miles away. The best way I see it, I can see my household on the restaurant, and I haven’t got to prepare dinner for them at house.”

Noma Seaside at Redfish.
9610 Outdated Cutler Rd., Coral Gables;