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Meet Fiorella Blanco of Fratelli Milano in Downtown Miami

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fiorella Blanco.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Fratelli Milano was founded on December 20th, 2006 between myself and Milanese twin brothers Chefs Roberto Bearzi (Executive Chef/my husband) and Emanuele Bearzi (Pastry Chef). After having worked at some of the best kitchens in town, the trio started Fratelli as a family owned and operated 20-seat Italian restaurant in the heart of Downtown Miami. It was soon after opening our doors, that we realized the need for a bigger space. Back in those years, we were one of the few full service restaurants in the area offering lunch and dinner so, we quickly became a favorite among the Downtown office crowd and the few locals living in the area. In 2010, we had the opportunity to expand and Fratelli became what it is today, a full service 85 seat Italian restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, catering and delivery service.

We believe that the key to our success after over 11 years of operation has been the consistency in both the quality of our food (all of our fresh pastas, breads and desserts are hand made in house) and our service.

Has it been a smooth road?
Any business has it’s ups and downs but owning a business between family members can be sometimes challenging. Fortunately, all three partners realized how much we could contribute on our areas of expertise (Roberto as Executive Chef, Emanuele as Pastry Chef and Fiorella as GM) and have been able to manage the business in a professional way. Also, since we were still a small restaurant we were lucky not to be affected by the stock market crash of 2008.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Fratelli Milano has always been a labor of love. Twin brothers Chef Roberto and Emanuele have had the opportunity to do what their most passionate about, which is cooking some of the most traditional dishes from their hometown Milano. Fratelli is known for its fresh pastas, homemade breads and desserts. We are most proud of the great quality and consistency of our food and our amazing staff who has been loyal to us for many years. What sets us apart is the fact that we are able to offer high quality ingredients at reasonable prices.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel that family owned and operated businesses like ours have already been taking off all around the city for the past three years. We believe that, we still have our better days ahead of us, unlike Brickell, downtown Miami has struggled with many issues, such as street closures, abandoned stores and homeless. We believe that once our streets get cleaned up and more attention is given to this issues our whole area will flourish.
In the meantime, we have embarked on a new venture on the Buena Vista area. VISTA, a new take on seasonal flavors and cocktails will be opening its doors this late spring. This three-story restaurant (located in the upper Buena Vista complex), its built in company with an 150-year old banyan tree, will seat 200 guests across 4000 sq. ft. It showcases a rooftop terrace, outdoor dining room, indoor dining room with an open kitchen, two full bars and a cocktail lounge hovering above the Buena Vista skyline. The menu will bring some of Fratelli’s signature dishes as well as gourmet dishes boast by fresh, seasonal local ingredients.

Pricing:

  • Handmade pastas range from $13.50 to $17
  • Average lunch pp: $21
  • Average dinner pp: $30

Contact Info:

  • Address: 213 Se 1st Street, Miami FL 33131
  • Website: ristorantefratellimilano.com
  • Phone: 305 373-2300
  • Email: fratelimilano@bellsouth.net
  • Instagram: ristorantefratellimilano
  • Facebook: @RistoranteFratelliMilano
  • Yelp: Fratelli Milano

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