---------- FashionFirstLunchLater: Haute Restaurant of the Week: Casa Tua

Monday, March 9, 2009

Haute Restaurant of the Week: Casa Tua

We are back! So we took a little detour from the Fashion Week craze to lounge poolside in sunny Miami and dine at South Beach's chicest spots, most notably Casa Tua. Tucked away in a Mediterranean style villa hidden by palms and lush tropical foliage is Casa Tua. Located in South Beach's art deco district, it is an impossible spot to snag a reservation, even socialites call in favors to perch in the main dining area.

The idea behind Casa Tua is to make you feel at home as the hotel and restaurant's name translates to "your home". The restaurant occupies the interconnecting ground-floor rooms of the main house with a gorgeously intimate candle lit patio and offers classic Italian and Mediterranean fare by executive chef Sergio Sigala. On his menu you will find delectable dishes such as the burrata with organic-tomato salad and the pappardelle with lamb ragu. Don't forget to check out the selection of well chosen bubbly and white wine, a highlight of the finely crafted wine list.

The Ralph Lauren-esque living room is a serene intermission from the constant bustle of Miami's party life atmosphere. Original art hangs on every blank surface and changes every month. Art Basel and a who's who of international art and society, descended on Casa Tua late last year to dine as well as to view the current artwork and photography.

Casa Tua also features an exclusive upstairs lounge available only to select insiders and privileged members. In order to keep an anonymous mystique, you will not find any advertising or signage indicating that you are in fact at the restaurant – their motto is "privacy is precious". Casa Tua is not about trend, but about a lifestyle and a collection of life experiences, which sets it apart from other South Beach hot spots.

Casa Tua, 1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida.