This South Beach deal takes you to the Tuscan coast

A 1930s Mediterranean-revival building on the southern tip of Miami Beach sets the stage for the lush and romantic Forte dei Marmi.

You can dine by candlelight in an outdoor patio framed by purple bougainvilleas, or amid the gilded creme minimalism of the restaurant’s interior, designed by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and Milan-based designer Henry Timi. After dinner, head upstairs to the FDM Arts Club for live music and post-meal cocktails.

The deal

Foodies can enjoy an exclusive seasonal five-course tasting menu curated by two Michelin Star Executive Chef Antonio Mellino for $105 per person. And starting on Sunday, Oct. 8, Forte Dei Marmi will launch its Sunday Autumn Brunch offering a $55 fixed-price Italian experience that includes seafood, salad and antipasti bar, choice of one entree and a buffet style dish of diverse desserts.

Something to sip

As elegant in form as it is refreshing on the palate, the Iva Sole is a citrusy wonder of grapefruit, lemon juice, cherry and tequila.

Iva Sole

Other sips

For something light and airy, the Fool’s Paradise is a sublime blend of Purity vodka, grapes, basil, lime and ginger beer. If you’re after more body and bite, the Smoke and Mirrors’ mix of añejo mezcal, vermouth and Campari should do the trick.

Fool’s Paradise
Smoke and Mirrors

Something to savor

Start with Forte dei Marmi’s star Calamari ‘Tagliatelle,’ served with Petrossian caviar and lemon zest. Then try the Linguine ‘alla Nerano,’ served with zucchini and parmesan. And save room for the homemade Honey Onyx Pistachio Gelato — large enough for two hungry diners, it’s the ultimate sweet ending.

Calamari ‘Tagliatelle’
Linguine ‘alla Nerano’
Honey Onyx Pistachio Gelato for Two

The recipe

Iva Sole

2 sage leaves
1 ounce of grapefruit
1/2 ounce of lemon juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
2 ounces of Casa Noble Reposado tequila
1/4 ounce of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash of grapefruit bitters

Shake, double strain, and serve in a martini coupe.

The rest

150 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

(786) 276-3095