Michael Schwartz's Fi'lia opens Oct. 26 at the SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences

Michael Schwartz's Fi'lia specializes in "honest Italian." (handout)
Michael Schwartz's Fi'lia specializes in "honest Italian." (handout)

Michael Schwartz’s Brickell debut begins on Oct. 26 with the opening of his Italian, Philippe Starck-designed Fi’lia at the SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences. 

The restaurant will first be open for dinner, with breakfast and lunch beginning the following day. 

“Fi’lia is ‘honest Italian,’ an expression of the simplicity that I love about this style of food,” said Schwartz. “It’s not specific to a particular region. This is the way I like to cook and eat Italian — straightforward and with handmade touches.”

Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza comes to Fi’lia from his post as Sous Chef at Michael’s Genuine. 

True to Schwartz’s style, the menu starts off with Snacks including Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with stracciatella and basil and Charred Eggplant Spread on freshly grilled bread with grated bottarga.

Small dishes include Citrus Salad with pistachio and aged piave vecchio, and a 42-oz. Bisteca Fiorentino executed on the wood grill with Meyer lemon and rosemary. There’s also Caesar salad made table side. 

Daily made pastas include Corn Agnolotti with roasted lobster sauce and Braised Short Rib Crespelle–Italian crepes baked with béchamel, taleggio and trugole. 

Then there are pizzas including  Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil, finished with the restaurant’s own first press, cold press Italian extra-virgin olive oil blend, Leek & Potato with pancetta, rosemary and trugole, and Pistachio Pesto with house made ricotta, charred onion, and pecorino.