Say hello to intimate modern Italian cuisine from the people behind the massively popular La Pollita food truck, buttressed by a collection of wines worthy of a restaurant ten times its size. And recently the recipient of a sought after Michelin star. The menu at Boia De is almost as tiny as its diminutive space, but you won’t find a weak link anywhere. It’s Italian without crossing the in-your-face red sauce line, with subtle options like Crispy Polenta with marinated eggplant, Kanpachi Crudo with heirloom tomatoes, and Grilled Broccolini leading the parade. The entrees hold up just as well, highlighted by homemade Pappardelle with rabbit and rosemary, and massive Lamb Ribs with urfa yogurt and spicy cucumbers. Pro tip: Do yourself a favor and ask for a recommendation from the wine list—it’s packed with stuff you’ve never heard of that you’ll spend years trying to track down again.
How to book: Order takeout via UpServe.
The word “intimate” gets a little overused when it comes to small restaurants—as anyone who’s tried to have a sit-down meal at Little Caesars knows, fewer seats doesn’t always equal more romance. But the cozy confines of Boia De lend themselves perfectly to the family-style cuisine, where you and your date can sit nose to nose and play Lady and the Tramp over a plate of Rabbit Pappardelle. The unusual wine list also makes for fantastic conversation, as you’ll discover small production stuff from all over the world while simultaneously discovering each other.
It’s hard not to love a restaurant that’s only identifiable by a giant purple neon exclamation point. But even without Miami’s best restaurant signage, Boia De is a winner, filling its intimate environs with modern Italian fare and a rare wine list. Many offerings vary daily depending on what’s fresh, a sign of true, old-world cooking. But mainstay items like Crispy Polenta with marinated eggplant and Pappardelle alla Lepre with rabbit, rosemary, and tomato are consistently fantastic.
How to book: Reserve via Resy or order take-out and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.
Yes, this list is mostly about dinner. But when El Bagel is throwing a Christmas brunch, the world needs to know about it. They’ll be collaborating with Miami’s most intimate Italian restaurant from 11 am to 3 pm for a special morning menu, and outside you’ll find an open patio stocked with sparkling wine, mini bagels, and spreads.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via Resy.