Step into the world of elegance, style, and unparalleled service at Gianni’s, located inside The Villa Casa Casuarina, also known as the former Versace Mansion. The Villa was originally built in 1930 by the philanthropist, architect, and author, Alden Freeman, then purchased in 1992 by the famous Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace. The sophisticated restaurant offers delicious gourmet Italian, Mediterranean, and French foods by Executive Chef Valter Mancini in a one-of-a-kind setting on world famous Ocean Drive. You may also choose to come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner 7 days a week, but it is highly suggested to make a reservation. You may opt to dine inside with luxurious Versace décor, or outside next to The Ten Thousand Mosaic Pool!
PASSION IN THE MANSION
For dinner, my guest and I decided to sit alfresco next to the pool to capture its lighting, which is truly magical, yet quaint and cozy. Once we were settled, we ordered a couple of cocktails. The Passion in the Mansion is made with passion fruit vodka, passion fruit seeds, simple syrup, lime juice, and topped with prosecco. The citric juices and tartness of the passion fruit cleansed the palate and my taste buds were ready for more. Next, we ordered the 8 oz. Prime Filet Mignon along with a side of Truffle Potato Purée. The filet was perfectly cooked to our expectations and the truffle potato purée is a must-have!
STRAWBERRY CAVIAR & MEDUSA
After our delicious meal, we were ready for dessert and we decided on the Strawberry Shortcake. Be prepared! This isn’t a strawberry shortcake made by grandma. It’s made with strawberry crémfux with vanilla bavarois, garnished with strawberry caviar, and fresh berries. This tasteful and delightful dolci was soft and creamy, thanks to the Bavarian cream, and the berries were fresh and seasonal. Plus, they served this dessert with a piece of Versace Medusa milk chocolate brushed in gold! The architecture, food, ambiance, and top-notch service was the reason this restaurant will always be so memorable to me. Truly a unique, luxurious experience!
1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
By Vanessa C. Guzman