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Coming to SOBE Miami for special birthday weekend...need advice

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We'd love restaurants that use fresh local ingredients. We're New York foodies so altho we do want some special places, we don't want Nobu or other restaurants from chefs we have in NY. Two years ago had the birthday at Michy's.

We're thinking one night Italian either -

Alta mare
Sardinia Enoteca
Osteria del Teatro

And one evening something romantic but the food MUST be good! choices are -
Wish
Royal at The Raleigh - can't find much on the food but love the ambiance

And, one evening, possibly going to Design District unless there is a DO NOT MISS suggestion.

Please give your advice.

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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  1. I would do casa tua over either wish or royal, not that I am a huge fan of tua

    Alta Mare is not italian. I would do sardinia from the list you chose.

    Do michaels genuine in the design district

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    1. re: tpigeon

      Thanx tpigeon! Casa Tua looks great! Have you been to Gigi? It was written up in the NY Times today.

      Also, how about Red Light Little River?

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      Red Light
      7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

      Casa Tua
      1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      1. re: nyperr

        I think i answered this in another thread but I would do michaels in your case for your one meal across the bay.

    2. If you don't want something you can get in NY I don't know that I'd do Royal at the Raleigh. Chef is NYer John Delucie (Waverly Inn, The Lion) - though I suppose the Royal is probably an easier reservation. Haven't been to Wish since several chef changes ago, though it's still a beautiful locaiton if you sit outside. Another place I haven't been to, but would kill 2 birds with 1 stone for you, would be Casa Tua (romantic; Italian).

      If you want a place that focuses on local ingredients, Altamare is probably your best bet on the beach. Chef Simon Stojanovic is an alum of Michael's Genuine and brought with him the same approach (and some of the same sources). I would disagree a little with TP's comment that Altamare isn't Italian. It's not a red sauce joint by any means, but owner Claudio Giardano is certainly Italian and the menu still has something of an Italian tilt - several pastas and a definite Mediterranean influence.

      Michael's Genuine is a don't miss in the Design District.

      Gigi is fun and good food but if you're only making one trip across the causeway I'd go to MGF&D. Ditto Red Light.

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      Red Light
      7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

      Casa Tua
      1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139