Jamie DeRosa, chef of the Tongue n Cheek, will open a new seafood restaurant called Izzy’s Fish & Oyster. It’s located just a few blocks from Tongue n Cheek. The concept of Izzy’s Fish & Oyster began with memories of growing up on the shores of Narragansett, Cape Cod and the Islands and summers filled with sunny days, balmy nights, sandy toes, and bellies filled with the freshest seafood coastal New England has to offer. For some, it will be a reminder of similar summer time memories and, for others, a first experience of New England seafood right here in Miami Beach. Our passion and desire is to create a memorable local seafood & beverage dining experience in Miami Beach’s vibrant South of Fifth neighborhood, serving traditional New England fare in a cool, fresh and hip South Beach setting. Here is more information about Izzy’s :
According to Eater :
“DeRosa’s upcoming restaurant, a ‘New England-meets-Miami seafood joint’ is named Izzy’s Fish and Oyster after his daughter Isabela (aka Izzy). Plans are for the restaurant, which will seat over 50 people, to take over the quietly-shuttered and neighboring SoFi Public House sometime in January.” written by Ana Heretoiu.
According to Miami.com :
“Miami.com got a first look at the menu, which is dotted with New England specialties like Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie (both of which originated from the same Boston hotel restaurant), clam chowder, hot and cold lobster rolls, and peel ‘n’ eat shrimp.
Raw-bar items include East and West Coast oysters, littleneck clams, Peruvian scallops, shrimp and mussels. Cold starters like tuna ceviche lettuce cups as well as hot entrees like crab cakes and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips will be prepared with as little fuss as possible, DeRosa says. Of the crab cake: The freshest lump meat, no filler, quick sear, and right on the plate — the way it should be.” written by Evan S. Benn
According to New Times :
“The restaurant, scheduled to open late fall 2014 and named after daughter Isabela Grace, is an homage to New England seafood shacks. Coincidentally, it’s located on the same block as DeRosa’s Tongue & Cheek. Although the two restaurants share a ZIP code and chef, they are very different.
Izzy’s, located at 423 Washington Ave., is a partnership between the chef and his wife, Amy. Together, they are creating a homey atmosphere reminiscent of New England clam shacks Amy grew up with. The goal is to give South Beach a family-friendly restaurant where people can go for honest, fresh seafood without breaking the bank.
The idea for opening a seafood restaurant has long been on the mind of the chef, who worked for culinary greats like Geoffrey Zakarian, Allen Susser, Wolfgang Puck, and Joachim Splichal before opening Tongue & Cheek in April 2013, but the hazy picture transformed into a clear vision after the DeRosas brought their daughter to visit family up north for the first time. “Izzy’s first trip to Rhode Island entailed us taking a ferry from Long Island to New London, Connecticut and then driving up the coast to Rhode Island. It was cold, grey, and raining that day and Izzy needed a break.” written by Laine Doss.
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