I’ve always had a soft spot for Art Deco, especially the tropical variations on the style that can be found throughout one of my favorite destinations, Miami. This August, the Vintro Hotel quietly unveiled a chic new dining spot, aptly called the Vintro Kitchen. Tucked behind the Bass Museum of Art, the hotel and its restaurant are housed in a historic Art Deco gem designed by architect Harry O’Nelson. It was once home to the Park Avenue Hotel in the 1930s, and the original sign still looms large over the renovated facade.
For the restaurant, St. Barts-based architect Guillermo de Yavorsky created a rustic yet sophisticated interior, complete with antique Cuban-tiled floors, delicate chandeliers hanging from 30-foot ceilings, green window shutters, and a copper timepiece from the 1700s that once resided atop a clock tower. The result is a dramatic but cozy setting, perfect for a casual lunch with family or an intimate dinner with friends.
Yet it is the food that has kept us coming back to this jewel box of a dining spot, where the menu includes a delicious selection of Mediterranean-infused specialties. Managed by chef Giorgios Nikolas Bakatsias and chef de cuisine Keith Suarino, the kitchen produces mouthwatering, simply prepared dishes, with a focus on rich flavors as well as seasonal and local ingredients.
Photos: Courtesy of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz