5 Things to Know About Bocce Bar

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 20, 2013

Midtown has become the ideal foodie neighborhood in Miami, and now it has one more dining option to add to the list. Bocce Bar recently opened in the bustling area, giving diners not only a place to eat, but a place to play. We got a chance to check out the new space over the weekend, and here are five things to know about it.

3252 NE First Ave.; 786-245-6211 

  • Cozy ambiance: The interior has a warm, rustic feel thanks to the antique European tiled floors and exposed wood-beam ceilings. In addition to small tables with wooden chairs, there are long benches parked under oversized hanging metal lighting fixtures.

  • Italian cuisine to share: Executive chef and partner Timon Balloo - originally from Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill - created a shareable menu of classic plates with a contemporary twist. Diners can choose from a variety of meats and cheeses to start, like house-made lamb mortadella and burrata with pickled eggplant. Other items include meatballs with goat cheese, creamy polenta with shaved winter truffle and orecchiette pasta with duck sugo and roasted butternut squash. 

  • Artisanal goods to go: Right next to the bar, there's a small market with dry pastas, olive oils, salumi and formaggi for sale. We hear that guests will also be able to purchase marmalades, sauces and housemade amaretto very soon too.

  • Cocktail collection: As for drinks, expect barrel-aged options, wine dispensers, housemade aperitivos and signature cocktails like the Bocce Ball, blending Amaretti di Bocce, mandarin vodka and orange.

  • Authentic bocce ball court: The exterior not only boasts a Mediterranean-style front porch for dining, but it also lays claim to the first official bocce court in Miami. Time for some friendly competition.