Gianni’s is an ode to Versace

The restaurant

Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina

The vibe

From the stunning mosaic tiles that frame the pool, to the dozens of centuries-old relics, furniture and art pieces that stock its halls and suites, The Villa Casa Casuarina makes visitors feel like they’re stepping into 16th century Spain. (The house itself was modeled after the Alcazar de Colon, built in Santo Domingo in the early 1500s by the son of Christopher Colombus.) Add in the extravagant, colorful decorating touch of former owner Gianni Versace, and it’s easy to forget that Ocean Drive waits literally outside the door. 


Something to Sip

Just as in fashion, you can never go wrong with a classic. Gianni’s Mojito de Alcazar is just that: a simple, satisfying spin on the standard mojito that adds a splash of prosecco — because bubbly is always a good idea.  


Mojito de Alcazar

Other Sips

Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina features a cocktail menu that’s all about making guests feel refreshed and rich. Case in point, the 24-Karat Golden Margarita, which features Gold Infused El Cartel tequila, Grand Marnier, and freshly-squeezed orange juice and lime juice, finished with a salt rim ($24). The Coco Casuarina will transport the imbiber to the beach with Ciroc Coconut vodka, Malibu coconut rum, and coconut milk ($20). If you’re craving a taste of summer, opt for the Berrisace Collins, made with Ketel One vodka over an array of fresh summer berries with squeezed lemon juice and a dash of sparkling water ($24). 


24-Karat Golden Margarita  

Something to savor

If you’re looking to make a meal out of your experience, Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina, offers a full dinner menu spotlighting Italian classics like Pollo alla Piastra ($32), Gnocchi di Granchio ($32), and Capesante di Viareggio — that’s Maine scallops served a la plancha with fennel puree, frisee and Gianni vanilla oil ($32). 


Capesante di Viareggio

The deal

Wino lovers will find a new haven at Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina with the newly launched “Wine Lovers Wednesday” summer cocktail program. The weekly event will feature live entertainment as well as discounts on various wine selections (usually half-off original pricing). Oh, and you get a complimentary welcome glass of house champagne. Date night? We think so. 

The rest

1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach 

Mojito de Alcazar

1 1/2 ounces of Bacardi Maestro

Fresh mint leaves

1/2 an ounce of fresh lime juice

Sugar cane

Splash of Prosecco

Garnish with mint, lime and love.

The featured restaurant provided the food and drinks for the purpose of this preview.