Returning from Milan in mid- September to finalize the opening of their long-awaited dream to bring traditional Italian cuisine to the USA, chef/owner Giovanni Angelucci and wife Carola are ready to greet you at their new eatery in SOMI when it opens in October.

Giovanni and Carola

At PastaMia handmade pastas bring the tradition and flavors of Italian regions and paired with Italian wines. PastaMia was born from chef Giovanni’s love and interest in cooking since his childhood, watching his “nonna” (grandmother) and mother cook as they prepared pasta and other traditional Marche regional dishes. The interest turned into a real passion and at 25 he left his business consulting job to devote himself completely to cooking, working in several restaurants in Milan, starting in the service kitchen and becoming a chef. His wife Carola took the initiative to realize the dream and bring authentic Italian traditions of fresh pasta to new markets. Together they want to share the rich Italian culinary traditions.

5831 Sunset Drive | 786.435.2354

Recently opening their restaurant on the west side of US.1 at 6101 Sunset Drive, PLA-TU Sushi Thai Tapas is becoming a popular eatery servicing the area businesses, office buildings and local residents.  The restaurant is open seven days, serving both lunch and dinner.

Diners will appreciate the bright, simple modern interior design.  Here you’ll enjoy a superbly prepared menu including Thai snacks, salads and cold dishes, soups, rolls, sushi and sashimi, poke bowls and noodles.  Such a great selection!  Enjoy!   Take-away service provided.

6101 Sunset Drive | 786.359.4678


Modern Method

Joining GIANCARLO Designs who have been an anchor for 20 years, are MOGE TEE (where once was Starbucks), and on the second floor, a stunning concept store curated by Paulo Solano, and cigar club founded by Grace Cabezas, Nigel Reo-Coaker. Come on by and catch the new vibe.


Coming out of quarantine for the last year, hundreds of elves dressed in festive holiday attire will be parading down Sunset on Sunday, December 5th for the annual Santa’s Parade of the Elves.  For information, contact the City of South Miami Parks Department at 305.668.3876.


ALL THINGS CBD SOMI’S CBD apothecary has moved from their original location at 57 Court to their new digs at 5829 Sunset Drive.  Open seven days, the owners aim to bring accessibility to the highest quality products and brands and create a healthy and great place to shop. 5829 Sunset Drive | 786.452.2954

COFFEE TALK Chef Omar Morillo has opened his European Bakery where was Honey Bee.  It’s here Chef Omar will serve you up a great cup of coffee, cappuccino or whatever your pleasure and a great selections of pastries. His companion Caffe Parlare Trattoria is two doors down serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
7370 SW 57th Ave | 305.763.8567

ARK SMOKE SHOP Recently opening in the former Green Treats, this one stop smoke shop claims the lowest prices guaranteed on a large variety of brands and flavors: Delta-8, CBD, Vapors, carts, flowers, pre-rolls, edibles, glass, accessories and much more with a Smoke Friendly Lounge.
6108 S Dixie Hwy | 305.744.2603


Effective July 1 Veronica Birch Flores was appointed President of FNBSM. With this appointment, she becomes the bank’s first female president in nearly 70 years. A community banker since 1980 and a 22-year veteran of FNBSM, Veronica has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as the bank’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. She has been responsible for day-to-day management of the bank as well as client and community relations. During the past 17 months Veronica has navigated the bank through the COVID-19 pandemic.



Over the past two years South Miami’s Dante Fascell Park has been singled out for its Colombian Sculpture Garden. As a project of the Sister City between the City of South Miami and Medellin Colombia, the park showcases three original pieces donated to the city by Colombian artists.  In September 2019, Colombian President Ivan Duuque participated in the dedication of the sculpture garden.

Medellin Sister City Ambassador and South Miami Commissioner Josh Liebman has announced that three additional sculptures will be installed at the park.  One of the three sculptures pictured here (left) is Yellow Sun by Edgar Negret which is 11.5’ x 11.5’.  Images of the other pending sculpture installments may be found at SOMI online.


Coming soon, opening this Fall are four new eateries around town.
Stay tuned to SOMI Magazine for more information.

5910 South Dixie Hwy
1514 South Dixie Hwy
1586 South Dixie Hwy
6907 Red Road


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