La Moderna Italian restaurant and bar opens in Sunset Harbour

La Moderna, an Italian restaurant and bar from the owners of Fratelli La Bufala, opens Thursday in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood, at 1874 Bay Rd.

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, with chef Manuel Lanni running the kitchen and mixologist Rusty Cerven behind the stick.  The 100-seat space was designed by Roman architect Roberto Liorni and features a wood-burning, Neapolitan-style pizza oven crafted by Stefano Ferrara. 

Like Fratelli La Bufala (437 Washington Ave.), La Moderna has a sister location in Rome. Unlike the pizza shop (a favorite of Herald food critic Victoria Pesce Elliott), the new restaurant will feature a broader menu that includes spaghetti with caviar, oyster and crispy leeks; squid-ink ravioli stuffed with cod and served with saffron sauce; and a full bar with guest bartenders from Italy and elsewhere in Europe. 

“We look forward to delivering a truly unique experience to the Miami market with our skillfully crafted interpretation of modern Italian cooking, quality libations and refined atmosphere,” owner Luca D’Angelo says. 

La Moderna joins a busy food scene in Sunset Harbour. Its neighbors: Tequiztlan, True Loaf Bakery, Panther Coffee, Ice Box Cafe, Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta, Lucali, Petit Bistro, Burger & Beer Joint, Emack & Bolio’s, Jugofresh, Sunset Juice Cafe, Savory Bakery & Cafe, Sardinia, Mimo’s Cafe, Fresh Market and Publix.  

Also coming soon to that ‘hood: NaiYaRa, an Asian street-food concept from chef Piyarat Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee, of Oishi Thai in North Miami, and a new vegan restaurant from the Jugofresh team.