Antica Mare, the authentic Tuscan restaurant and Miami outpost of Atlanta’s award-winning Antica Posta, opened its doors in February 2016 at 7999 Northeast Bayshore Court in the Shorecrest Club, the new luxury Bayfront apartment complex situated just off the Kennedy Causeway. With breathtaking bay views, a sophisticated ambiance and fresh regional Italian cuisine, Antica Mare is poised to become a new local dining gem.
Antica Mare is the first South Florida venture for restaurateur Marco Betti, whose flagship restaurant Antica Posta has earned raves and accolades for nearly 17 years in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Betti, “I’ve always loved visiting Miami and when the opportunity came about to open right on the Intracoastal in this great new luxury building, I knew it was a perfect fit. I’m thrilled to be a part of this community and can’t wait to have everyone come in and visit.”
As with its sister restaurant, Antica Mare delivers straightforward Tuscan cuisine featuring a selection of seafood, meats and house-made pastas, all utilizing skillful technique and fresh ingredients imported from Italy. Diners can begin their meal with Antipasti ($8 – $16) including Polpette Toscane – classic Tuscan meatballs served in an aromatic tomato sauce; Crudo di Tonno con Carpaccio di Tartufo Nero – thinly-sliced sashimi grade tuna topped with slices of black truffle; and the signature Polpo alla Griglia – tender slices of grilled octopus drizzled with a light EVOO citrus dressing and garnished with arugula salad.
Primi Piatti selections are available in appetizer and main course portions ($12 – $24) and utilize both fresh and dry pasta. In fact, Betti provides diners with a pasta guide on the menu to help navigate. Fresh pasta dishes include Tagliatelle con Salciccia, Broccoli e Panna – house-made tagliatelle with sausage and broccoli, served in a cream sauce; Gnocchi con Ragù Toscano – tender gnocchi with traditional Tuscan meat sauce; and Taglierini alla Panna Tartufata – house made ribbon pasta with velvety truffle sauce. Diners won’t want to skip the Farfalle alla Polpa di Granchio (available main course portion only) – bow tie pasta with jumbo lump crab meat sautéed with shallots, a tad of tomato and parsley, served in a white wine sauce.
Secondi Piatti ($24 – $38) choices are ample and include Salmone alla Livornese – salmon sautéed with cherry tomatoes, olives & capers, served alongside fresh vegetables; Filetto di Manzo alla Griglia con la Salsa Verde – grilled prime center cut beef filet with parsley-pinenut pesto and sautéed fresh vegetables; Carrè d’Agnello Arrosto alla Toscana – Tuscan oven roasted rack of lamb with a sage-rosemary seasoning and fresh sautéed vegetables; and the famed Betti family recipe, Oven Roasted Tuscan Chicken Breast with Truffle Sauce.
Dolci ($6 – $8) are traditional but sublime, from Panna Cotta with a wild berry sauce and a nougat Semifreddo to classic Tiramisù and Cannolis. Guests can also opt for a selection of imported cheeses.
Antica Mare’s bar features an approachable selection of wines, available by the glass or bottle, full bar, craft beers, and signature cocktails.
Designed by Miami-based architect Paul Gershen, the 224-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant combines fine dining and modern sophistication with a warm and welcoming ambiance. Upon entering, guests are greeted by lounge seating and an expansive walnut bar showcasing over 100 varietals of wines. The main dining room boasts soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, giving an airy yet intimate feel. Diners can opt to dine outside right on the Intracoastal under a trellis of twinkly lights with stunning views and balmy air. A private scarlett-hued dining room, seating 60, is the perfect spot for social and business events.
Antica Mare serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday, from 4PM to 11PM. The restaurant is located at 7999 Northeast Bayshore Court on the ground level of the Shorecrest Club high rise apartment complex. From 79th Street heading east, make U-turn before bridge and take right on Bayshore Court. The restaurant is on the Northeast corner of 80th and Bayshore. Discounted valet parking. Telephone: (305) 398-1001 www.anticamare.com