Reporting Vanessa Borge
Neighbors 4 Neighbors
CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – South Florida foodies have a unique opportunity. A young chef is changing South Florida’s palate with unusual ingredients that have food lovers salivating but you only have until the end of July to taste test his creative cuisine because it’s being served in a pop-up restaurant.
Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s pop-up restaurant is the Eating House, located at 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables, but don’t wait too long to try it out.
Before this pop up is taken down, customers can enjoy some of the chef’s most creative culinary concoctions.
Items making an appearance on the menu include “Mac & Cheese” with roasted pumpkin & cornbread crumbs; roasted bone marrow with ropa vieja & tostada cubana; Japanese eggplant with banana miso & vanilla salt; sea scallops with smoked guava & maduro puree; strawberry shortcake – basil ice cream & crunchy meringue and “Birthday Cake” with cake batter mouse & whipped chocolate.
There’s also brussel sprouts your kids will want to eat. They’re sautéed in sesame oil and topped with a fried egg. In the mood for some pasta, try the pasta carbonara kicked up a bit with chunks of back and another fried egg on top.
Giorgio enjoys using unusual ingredients.
He’s got a dessert called “Breakfast” made with a panna cotta base topped with a mousse made of captain crunch cereal.
Giorgio is changing South Florida’s culinary scene.
“That’s why we went with the name Eating House because we didn’t want people to associate it with a regular restaurant,” explained Giorgio. “You pour your own water here and eat off paper napkins, but you may be eating foie gras.”
At 26 years young, Giorgio is determined to pave a new path for future chefs where ever he can.
“We will set up a restaurant in the middle of the street, as long as we get to cook and do what we want,” he said proudly.
The last day of service is July 31st.