From Italian chef and restaurateur Roberto Bearzi and wife Fiorella Blancocomes — the owners of Fratelli Milano downtown — comes Vista, a romantic Italian stunner, hidden away in the Upper Buena Vista complex.
The kitchen is overseen by Chilean-Italian chef Giuliano Leverone (Cecconi’s, Barceloneta and Matador Room).
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Located halfway between the Design District and Little Haiti, you’ll find this spot amid a fairytale-like 150-year-old Banyan tree, eclectic boutiques and hippie hangouts.
Vista is comprised of an indoor dining room, outdoor patio and rooftop terrace (opening later this season). The neo-industrial space oozes millennial charm with soaring concrete ceilings, plenty of greenery and colorful cushions offset with wicker chairs.
Be prepared to eat
Modern Italian. The menu teems with options for vegetarians and carnivores alike with plenty of pasta for carb lovers, as well.
Prices are reasonable with starters averaging $12, most pastas are from $18 to $24; entrees from $18 to $45.
Start off with salads such as the grilled peach, arugula, stracciatella and toasted pine nut. Or start with the octopus served with baby potataoes, romesco, squash puree, chorizo oil and salsa verde.
Gnocchetti with poblano peppers, mint, pistachio and parmigiano foam shows the kitchen’s deft hand with Italian staples. The maltagliati pasta with slow braised brisket, tomato and parmesan cheese is a bowl of comfort.
Seafood dishes include a Scottish salmon grilled and served on a bed of beluga lentils and local red snapper with mango chutney and coconut wild rice.
Heartier mains include the Vista burger, Wagyu sirloin bavette and veal Milanese.
Desserts run the gamut from chocolate soufflé, tiramisu and mango cheesecake to crème brulée with vanilla custard and hard caramel.
Sort of like a Cecconi’s on the mainland with a beautiful fronded courtyard, good Italian food and a lower price point.