In Miami, there is no shortage of Italian restaurants, so to think about opening one, you would have to be a little crazy. The owners of the small family-run Italian restaurant on Washington must have thought so too, because they named the place “Escopazzo,” which means “I’m going crazy!” in Italian.
Even if they might have to close down shop and head to the nut house, their venture was worth it: Escopazzo manages to be classy without being pretentious, which is a relief in a town where status and location depict success. Escopazzo’s locale is nothing to boast about, stuffed between some seedy tourist shops on Washington Avenue, but the restaurant is still packed night after night.
Patrons return again and a again for the soothing atmosphere, which is reminiscent of an Italian café, and the inventive Italian cuisine, which offers creative twists on traditional classics. The menu is changed every few months to keep things fresh and exciting.
The wine cellar holds almost 1000 bottles from hard to find vintages, and Escopazzo was winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The warm interior boasts walls covered in murals depicting traditional Italian landmarks and sights, enticing patrons to sit back and enjoy the meal in the comforting setting. The popular restaurant only seats about 90, so reservations are strongly recommended.
Escopazzo is located at 1311 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.674.9450