La Centrale, Miami’s very first Italian food hall set to open this December in Brickell City Centre, announces Vincenzo Scarmiglia as Executive Chef. Scarmiglia will bring over 30 years of culinary experience to the three-story, 40,000 square-foot food hall that anchors Brickell City Centre’s retail, dining and entrainment center. Born in a small town off the coast of Tuscany and nominated as one of the best Italian chefs in Vegas, Scarmiglia delivers a balance of authentic Italian cuisine with fast-paced excitement and variety.
Scarmiglia will be at the forefront of La Centrale’s 14 authentic Italian eateries, which includes full-service restaurantsPesce; a seafood restaurant inspired by the coastal region of Liguria, Stagionale; a seasonal focused restaurant inspired by the Veneto region, Carne; a steakhouse inspired by the rustic Chianti region and the 5,000 square-footMercato, which will have an espresso bar, traditional Italian bakery, savory mozzarella and fresh raw bars and on-the-go prepared meals. Scarmiglia will curate and execute unique menus for each concept that embody their respected regions with ingredients imported from Italy, locally sourced and made in-house, including handmade pasta, sauces and cheeses.
“The secret to success is keeping yourself open to adapting your dishes to what the customer wants, and balancing that with making sure the dish maintains its authenticity,” said Scarmiglia about his philosophy when it comes to food. “I’m thrilled to join the La Centrale team and create a menu that speaks to the diverse and deep-rooted culture of this city, while still bringing true Italy to Miami.”
Scarmiglia has been a force in the kitchen, taking numerous Las Vegas culinary concepts to critical acclaim, such as the former Valentino at the Venetian Hotel, GIADA’s Restaurant at The Cromwell, Sirio Ristorante at Aria, FiAMMA Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand and the Osteria Del Circo at the Bellagio Resort and Casino, among others.
Scarmiglia has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York, a guest chef for the Grammy Awards, and has received multiple awards for his management of GIADA’s Restaurant at the Cromwell. His expertise in Mediterranean seafood demands an extra dose of recognition and acclaim, as Scarmiglia is (ironically) allergic to seafood.