MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Welcome to Verde, Perez Art Museum Miami’s bistro launched by Stephen Starr Events.
The 104-seat concrete space with soft colors, pendant lighting and wood tables has been filled with hungry customers ever since the museum opened back in early December.
“It’s been packed, off the charts since we started. It has surpassed our expectations,” said head Chef Nicolai.
Verde was designed to be an exceptional dining experience in tune with the gallery’s environment.
“To me it’s important that everything be in conjunction with the museum. As the art changes, our menu will change things up. Everything will move together,” said Chef.
Verde has not only become a spot for museum visitors to eat, but the restaurant has evolved into a spot for meetings and business lunches.
You don’t have to enter the museum to have lunch at Verde. The menu is filed with local seafood, salads and sandwiches.
Verde’s specialty is traditional Neapolitan style pizzas.
“I’m very excited because I started cooking pizza in restaurants since I was 15,” said Chef Nicolai. “We have an amazing pizza dough. We take care of it, it’s really special.”
But the proof is in the pudding, or actually, the pizza.
CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo tasted the Squash Blossom Pizza made with zucchini, goat cheese and roasted garlic.
“What I can tell already is that I love the thin crust, and there are so many flavors in this. This is addicting,” Petrillo said.
The menu has a range of options for all tastes and price ranges and all appetites as well.
Verde: green, fresh, clean. Food and art together. Quite the combination.