Forte dei Marmi, a new restaurant and members’ only arts club located in the space formerly known as the halcyon-era haute spot Joia, will open on January 17. But high rollers have a chance to check out first–and we know how much they love to be first–with a crazy swanky New Year’s Eve party featuring an unlimited flow of 2007 Vintage Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, specialty organic cocktails, Petrossian caviar and a variety of frutti de mare.
A live performance by resident artist Ricardo Romaneiro featuring Sandbox Percussion, Hannah Summer, Ramin & Justin Abrams will be followed by DJ David Sisa. The New Year’s party, which starts at 9 p.m. is limited to just 100 people and priced at $1,000 per person, inclusive of everything, including bragging rights for those who like that sort of thing. To buy your way in, email Heather@FDMAArtsClub.com or call 502-445-6579.
But about the restaurant itself: Redesigned by architect Chad Oppenheim, it sounds somewhat similar to Casa Tua, but this place features gardens and “intimate landcapes.” Enough about appearances, though. You know it looks good. Two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino of Italy’s and London’s Quattro Passi, and his son Raffaele, Executive Chef of Forte dei Marmi, are in charge of the food. Organic and Italian, the menu features, among other things, Lobster served with venere black rice and artichoke; raw red prawns and smoked burrata; red snapper, zucchini flower, snow and green peas in Mediterreanean sauce; and assorted pastas and meat dishes.
Then there’s that club. The Forte dei Marmi Arts Cub is an invitation-only, private club “offering its members a monthly roster of multidisciplinary, multi-sensory programs and events, with a special focus on experimental and contemporary music. A cultural hub that is part lounge and part social network, FDM Arts Club is a space for discovering and consuming surprising and thought-provoking art, design, music and food experiences. It is a space that will foster and encourage the art of intelligent conversations. As such, the arts club contributes to Miami’s growing cultural ecosystem by providing emerging musical talent with a platform to present their work to connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.” Wanna join? Good luck. You have to be invited by a founding or honorary committee member, price to be determined. In the meantime, go find a grand, guzzle Cristal and check the place out as we toss out 2016 like last week’s trash.