There’s the notable lack of humidity. The snowbirds in (questionable) Lycra attire on the beach. The smell of newly minted Italian greatness in the air...
Meet Lorenzo, an ode to crispy pizzettes and Italian reds from the pasta-making legend behind Chicago’s Spiaggia, now open in South Beach.
This is the story of a James Beard Award–winning chef. And how he had a dream. One that includes a former art deco hotel near the beach. You. And Florida-stone-crab bruschetta. Yeah, pretty great dream.
So about that art deco hotel. It’s the former Fairfax Hotel. They’ve kept the sage-mint terrazzo floor and added refurbished oak wine barrels that act as ceiling tiles. It’s the type of place you’d take a couple of business clients to for lunch. Or a carb-embracing date at night.
Now, when you swing by, there are a few things you should do.
1. The Negroni-slinging barkeeps behind the wood-and-white-marble bar: get familiar with them.
2. The new hotel. Upstairs. Called the Redbury. Get familiar with that, too. (Hey, you never know.)
3. The Italian-imported wood-burning oven: get the namesake pizzette. The one with the crispy pancetta.
You can just call it “Lorenzo.”