Kinda like Amanda Bynes, South Beach’s landmark light tower on 5th and Washington is all lit up again. Except unlike Amanda Bynes, the light tower looks better than it used to thanks to Fabio Viviani and his partners who are bringing Chicago’s famous Siena Tavern to South Beach. And while you already know about Fabio and his famous meatball taking over the old China Grill spot, here’re 11 things you probably didn’t know.
1. The name is based on a tiny Siena restaurant
The chef and his partners ducked into a place called La Taverna while visiting the city and they loved it so much that they named the Chicago flagship after it.
6. The pizza dough recipe was created by a pizza chemist
To account for Miami’s humidity, Siena Tavern brought in a guy, who Fabio refers to as the “Heisenberg of pizza”, to develop a recipe and baking formula so the crust comes out as good as it does in Chicago. So kinda like meth, except with pizza.
7. The massive doors behind the host stand were salvaged after Hurricane Katrina
No joke, there are entire businesses in the Crescent City that deal in selling items salvaged from Katrina. Some call them profiteers, we'll call them... err, not that 'cause they found such freakin' cool doors.
8. The Siena Tavern in Chicago has made more than 250,000 individual coccoli
That’s enough little Italian dough balls (pronounced "co-co-lee") to fill every cubic inch of the Miami version's private dining room.
9. Wynwood Brewing Co. has created the exclusive Siena draft
It’s designed to be paired with the food and is infused with Italian spices like anise, oregano, basil, and peppercorn. Yeah, peppercorn beer. It’s come to that.