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MC Kitchen

Map & Directions 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 101A
Miami, FL 33137
  • Brunch, Italian
  • Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Street, Valet


Miami New Times' Description

Dena Marino, chef and co-owner of the Italian restaurant MC Kitchen, in the Design District, arrived in Miami after working with Michael Chiarello in California's Napa Valley, as well as running a few kitchens of her own in Aspen, Colorado. At her first Miami restaurant, Marino is doing something more honest and genuine than that of other eateries with similar cuisine. In her roasted octopus dish, a large Spanish mollusk is quick-roasted in the Wood Stone-brand oven and then dressed copiously with Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil, fresh red pepper, and garlic. The tentacles are charred quickly, producing an aroma of smoke so potent its flavors resemble meat more than fish. Pastas include fiocchi -- purses of fresh pasta, stuffed with fragrant roasted pear -- which are laced with a white truffle cream as well as an ivory pool of melted cheeses: robiola, grana padano, ricotta, and Taleggio. Drink options succeed with beer-based cocktails, in addition to a varied wine selection and a well-curated craft beer menu, including a focus on the Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head. Marino's cooking is an intimate balance of sophistication and honesty. And it's this graceful simplicity that garners her the title of the Design District's new reigning queen.

Member Reviews

  • newform56 wrote a review for MC Kitchen
    on 05/10/13

    Dogfish Head on tap, oven roasted octopus with organic black risotto, white truffle cream sauce with roasted pear fioochi, bone in grilled pork chop with a Tennessee honey glaze, anything else would be illegal, some of the dishes you will really enjoy at MC Kitchen!

  • beckycho29 wrote a review for MC Kitchen
    on 03/15/13

    The most amazing pear and cheese pasta combo ever

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  • @MisterHirsch on 09/13/13

    The food is excellent... but the cocktails are incredible as well. Try the "Prussian Tea" - California White Slow Hand Organic Whiskey, Stone Oven Roasted Redland Peach, Tamarind, & Woodruff.

  • Miami New Times on 06/26/13

    Best of Miami 2013- Best Restaurant in the Design District/Midtown: MC Kitchen. Try the Charred octopus or the Tiramisu.

  • Benny W. on 12/03/12

    It's typical to find a sommelier at a great restaurant, but MC also has an in house brewmaster. Plus dogfish head on draught makes for an amazing beer experience that is perfect with the amazing food

  • Genius octopus here to the point I wanted to kiss the chef! www.miamiculinarytoues.com

  • Miami New Times on 04/02/13

    Dena Marino's brunch menu is composed of completely Italian specials such as Parmigiano-Reggiano cavatelli pasta ($15), and veal and venison bolognese ($21).

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