A new year means plenty of new options in food. In this week's dining news, we give you a preview of what the rest of January has to offer your palate.
Lechón Asado at Pubbelly's pop-up lunch.
Puerto Rican Pop-Up Lunch at Pubbelly
Lunchtime just got even better at Pubbelly with the announcement of the La Lechonera lunch menu offered this month from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. Inspired by the Puerto Rican celebration of Las Octavitas, the eight-day holiday following Three Kings Day, the Chinchorros-like meal is similar to what you'd find at roadside stops in Puerto Rico and includes tostones, empanadillas, and papitas fritas. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-7555
KLIMA Restaurant and Bar to Open This Month
For the past six months, Executive Chef David Rustarazo has been working with the founders of KLIMA to develop a modern Mediterranean-meets-South Beach menu for this new restaurant, which is expected to have Western Mediterranean and Catalan influences as well and ingredients sourced from South Florida. Stop in for dishes like roasted chicken croquettes, king crab, and lobster-stuffed rigatoni when the eatery opens this month; stay tuned for more news on the second floor members-only club slated for spring. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach
Campania Ristorante Debuts in the Design District
After opening Italian eateries Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante and Moye, restaurateurs Tony Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu are adding a third spot to their roster with the just-opened Campania Ristorante & Pizza in the Miami Design District. Inspired by Naples and the Amalfi Coast, the Southern Italian restaurant serves up fresh pizza from a wood-burning oven using locally sourced ingredients. As if that isn’t enough to make your mouth water, the homemade buffalo mozzarella and burrata at the eatery's marketplace surely will. 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-615-3301
Champagne Bar & French Fare at Bagatelle
With locations from St. Tropez to LA, the French-inspired Bagatelle opens its doors in Miami Beach this week. Expect the restaurant's trademark opulence in the details—like the stone-topped bar serving champagne and French wines, oversized chandeliers, and pop art all around you—with Chef Matthieu Godard's (formerly of db Bistro Moderne) contemporary French fare with dishes like jumbo prawns flambéed with Ricard pastis and whole truffle-roasted chicken. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach