La Terrazza Takes Rooftop Dining to the Next Level
By Peter B. Laird
Perched atop the swank 1515 Sunset Building in SOMI’s Town Center, La Terrazza Bar & Grill has reopened for the season. And executive chef Danny Gayem, who also helms the kitchen at Fiola Miami next door, is taking rooftop dining to the next level.
La Terrazza’s stylish rooftop space boasts panoramic views of South Miami and Coral Gables and is a popular spot for toasting South Florida’s ultra-colorful sunsets. The spacious restaurant and lounge accommodates 80 people seated and 150 standing with multiple seating areas, according to restaurant representatives, and also features a state-of-the-art retractable roof, a sound system and a full-service bar.
The venue opens its doors at 5:30 p.m. and Sunset Hour specials are offered on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., when guests can enjoy live music and specially priced drinks complemented by a variety of tasty bar bites.
Ganem, a Miami native who previously was executive chef at The Betsy on South Beach and Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys, has created a special rooftop menu for La Terrazza. Sushi and starters include a tempting Yellowfin Spicy Tuna Roll with kimchi, kewpie mayonnaise, cucumber and avocado; Wagyu beef & Foie Gras Sliders with truffle aioli and French fries; and Grilled Spanish Octopus with Tiny Farms arugula and preserved lemon, to name a few.
A charcoal grill at La Terrazza sizzles with fresh seafood, steaks and chops, which guests may want to pair with sides such as Creamed Spinach, Broccolini, Mashed Potatoes or Tuscan Fries. Desserts include Copetta, Caramel Budino, Basque Cheesecake and Grand Chocolate Cake.
Representatives of La Terrazza say the restaurant will be hosting a series of collaborative dinners and special events throughout the season. And for those who are interested, La Terrazza offers a perk-filled membership that includes complimentary valet parking for both Fiola Miami and La Terrazza; member’s only seating; priority seating during peak times at both restaurants, and more.