Massimiliano Guerri and Grace Messick are two Florentines who met in Miami 14 years ago and became best friends are now partners in a 2-month-old Miami Beach bakery café, a shoe-box-size space called Mattarello. The word is Italian for rolling pin, but it can also mean "a little bit crazy," and that's how things have been so far, with a lunch rush and another around 6 p.m. for takeout. There is no set menu. The fare could be braised oxtails or rosemary-roasted chicken with various sides, salads, breads, pastries, tarts and cookies. The place is also an Italian deli selling such items as proscuitto, pecorino cheese with bits of truffle, honey, olive oil and dried heirloom beans and tiny pink chickpeas sent by relatives in Tuscany who produce them. Massimiliano, known as Mass, arrives at 4 a.m. to bake the focaccia bread for sandwiches. (There's sourdough, whole grain, ciabatta and baguettes, too.) He also bakes Italian-style pizza -- big rectangles of spongy-crisp dough spread with homemade tomato sauce and just a little mozzarella.


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  • Bakery, Deli, Italian
  • Indoor
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
  • Hushed
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