Celebrated chef Justin Smillie and renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr are excited to introduce Upland to Miami Beach, located at 49 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 this fall. The second outpost of the popular NYC restaurant will bring Smillie’s signature California inspired cuisine to Miami Beach’s chic South of Fifth Neighborhood in a charming setting designed by Roman and Williams. Affectionately named for Smillie’s hometown in Southern California, Upland has received critical acclaim since its opening for Smillie’s culinary prowess and universal appeal. Fans of the restaurant include Pete Wells of the New York Times who urged readers to visit and described Smillie as a “pasta savant” and “vegetable sage.” Upland will be Starr’s fifth active project in South Florida following the successes.
According to The ZAGAT:
Spun off from the same-name NYC original, this South-of-Fifth destination from restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie turns out Italian dishes with a Southern California twist like wood-fired prawns, pappardelle with spicy sausage ragù and coal-roasted short rib, backed by a vast wine list. Much like its northern sibling, the moodily lit bistro lines its walls with jars of preserved lemons, but the tropical patio is Miami to the core.
According To Eater:
Restaurateur Stephen Starr shows no signs of slowing down, debuting his fifth concept in South Florida, Upland, alongside famed chef Justin Smillie. This marks the second location for the restaurant, which has its original outpost in New York City’s Gramercy neighborhood and is popular amongst critics and presidents alike. Expect to find “California-inspired cuisine” on the menu, which is fitting as the restaurant is named for the southern California town where Smillie was raised. Mirroring its New York City counterpart, it features items like fresh pastas, pizzas, vegetables and wood-fired proteins. Think dishes like Little Gem Salad with avocado, cucumber, ricotta salata and walnut vinaigrette; Pappardelle with spicy sausage ragù; and Roasted Short Rib for Two with olives, walnuts, celery and horseradish. Naturally, a “voluminous” wine menu is also on hand. The Miami location takes a design cue from the New York Upland as well, housed is a bistro-style setting complete with design elements like walls lined with wine and preserved lemons and artichokes — all aspects that can be found in the original location.
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