The goods: Gold and Pepper brings luxury Italian dining to Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood.
Ambience: The intimate 37-seat space is outfitted with chocolate walls, a mix of high top and standard tables and golden embellishments.
The grub: High-end Italian accessorized with gold leaf, powder, flakes and aerosol spray. Prices are in sync with the opulent atmosphere: Starters average $14, and mains are in the mid-$30s.
Starters include rainbow tartar (tuna, sea bass, avocado and citronette dressing) and eggplant Parmesan with Cuore di Bue (Italian Oxheart) tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto. Spinach and ricotta ravioli, gnocchi with crabmeat and green tagliatelle with thyme and orange sauce are made in-house, as are classic dishes like veal tonnato, braised chicken, meatballs in San Marzano tomato sauce and beef filet.
End on a sweet note with brownie with vanilla sauce, almond mille-feuille with cream and wild berries or panna cotta with currant sauce.
Verdict: If you love shiny things – and homemade pasta – you’ll be in heaven here.