Fi’lia at SLS Brickell

Chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz presents another genuine kind of experience with Fi’lia at the SLS in Brickell.  The restaurant is adorned with oversized hanging planters amidst a monochromatic and minimalist decor which allows the food to really take center stage.  It’s the kind of place where you can really enjoy a personable dinner with friends and/or family while enjoying good, honest food.

As soon as you take your seat you’re greeted with warm bread and olive oil for dipping.  It’s even dressed with freshly snipped oregano which they do right in front of you at the table.  Such a nice touch!

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Charred Eggplant Spread with bottarga & toasted bread and Beef Carpaccio with sunchoke, green onion, pecorino & mustard vinaigrette

We ordered a few plates from the “small” portion of the menu which included the beef carpaccio, meatballs, and citrus salad and from the “snacks” we ordered the charred eggplant spread.  The beef carpaccio was so tasty and full of different textures and I loved the eggplant spread.  It had a slight smoky taste and was delicious with the toasted bread of course!

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Meatballs with whipped ricotta & garlic bread

Go to an Italian place and not try the meatballs?! I wasn’t going to let that happen and I’m glad I didn’t! The meatballs were soft and tender in a light but chunky tomato sauce.  And the whipped ricotta was perfetto! 😉

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Citrus Salad with pistachio & ricotta salata

For a light and refreshing side, the citrus salad did the trick.  It was delicious; I highly recommend it.  We also saw another salad being made table-side and it was actually the Fi’lia chopped salad (seen below in the making).  We didn’t order it on this night but I’ve heard it’s a must!

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Prepared table-side! Fi’lia Chopped Salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, pepper, carrot, celery, salami, chickpeas, aged provolone & Italian dressing
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Pistachio Pesto Pizza with house made ricotta charred onion & pecorino
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Close up of the Pistachio Pesto Pizza!

I am definitely obsessed with pizza and for some reason when the weekend comes around it’s mainly what I crave! Their pizza menu has some really cool options; from a margherita pizza to other pies with zucchini, sausage and wild mushrooms.  We opted for the Pistachio Pesto Pizza because the combination of ingredients sounded unique, and let’s be honest, when pesto and pizza come together it’s a home run.

Restaurant Details:
1300 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Breakfast 7am – 11am, Lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm
Light Bites 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner Sun – Thurs 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 12am

 

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