Saks Brickell City Centre has officially opened Casa Tua Cucina. They opened a similar concept in their new Toronto location, with the opening of Pusateri’s, another Italian brand.
Well, it is at least a soft opening – it closed for five hours between lunch and dinner service the day before we went, and not every counter is working up to full speed yet. But it is still worth checking out. This 18,000 square foot space features a gourmet Italian marketplace adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue on the first level of the mall. It includes 12 unique dining stations, such as pizza, fish, pasta, crudo, cheese, coffee, gelato, pastry, chocolates, rotisserie chicken, meat and even a flower shop. There is also a 300 seat restaurant, a full bar and stations selling home goods. Everything is carefully curated as you would expect from the legendary Casa Tua people, one of Miami’s iconic Italian restaurants. They carry local and international artisan brands, as well as Casa Tua private label products. They need to iron out some kinks and train their staff properly, as some were running around like their heads were chopped off. They also need to supply to go boxes that close properly, so you don’t get crumbs all over your car, when doing take out. But I am sure once things get up and rolling this will be a one of a kind, culinary experience that I hope will open in other locations throughout the city. Bellisima!