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Last Fall, Chicago’s popular Siena Tavern opened its doors on Miami Beach in the iconic China Grill building. At the helm of the restaurant is the ever-charming Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani, who sat down with Chat Chow TV to talk all about Siena Tavern Miami location and its menu.

Viviani has been working in kitchens since he was 11 years old in his native Italy. By the time he was 28 he was the owner of five different restaurants when he decided to sell them all and come to America. Since then he has opened several successful restaurants throughout the country and has become a well-recognized and well-liked chef.

When Viviani and his partners decided bring the Siena Tavern concept to Miami, the restaurant team partnered up with local vendors like Bar Lab and Wynwood Brewing to help create the bar program. As for the menu, Viviani tells Chat Chow that he enlists his friends, family and co-workers to help narrow down the menu from 300 dishes to 35 “cravers.”

As for what deems a dish as a “craver” he notes, “we like to have the ‘wow’ kind of dishes, because if I can’t get the reaction where you want to come back for more there is some more work to do on it.”

Some of the most popular “cravers” on the menu are the house-made pastas, octopus, pizza and a meatball that’s so beloved it has it’s own Twitter account.

Curious how Viviani feels about taking over the legendary space? Or why dining is different in Miami versus Chicago? Find out those things and more in the video above.

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Chopped judge, TV personality and the man behind plenty of the country’s top restaurants, Scott Conant, is back in South Florida with his newest concept, Corsair, inside Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Hotel. Chat Chow TV sat down with the charming chef to learn more about Corsair, its inspiration and what rituals he has for his restaurants.

The welcoming restaurant located close to the property’s massive golf course plays off its maritime-inspired name with a warm palate and interior tones designed by popular designer Meyer Davis.

“It’s a celebration of sorts of this area,” Conant adds about the design.

The restaurant serves a blend of Mediterranean and local flavors to create its unique spins on dishes like a deconstructed lasagna, polenta waffles and porcini braised veal. For the beverage program he enlisted California’s Rob Floyd who has set up bar programs for the SLS in Hollywood, CA and several of Conant’s restaurants.

As for his other popular restaurant on Miami Beach, Scarpetta, that has produced some of Miami’s top chefs including Macchialina’s Mike Pirolo and Top Chef’s Nina Compton, he says they are all good friends still and enjoy getting in the kitchen together.

“It’s nice to know we can bring the band back together and play some cover songs,” Conant says with a slight laugh.

Want to know what Conant’s favorite indulgence is? Or what ritual he has at every restaurant of his? Watch the video to find out.

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Chat Chow TV partnered with Miami Herald’s Indulge Magazine to produce a behind-the-scenes video of Miami’s most famous foodie, Lee Schrager at a fried chicken feast showcasing recipes from his new book “Fried And True”. http://www.chatchow.tv/indulge/
Chat Chow TV partnered with Miami Herald's Indulge Magazine to produce a behind-the-scenes video of Miami's most famous foodie, Lee Schrager at a fried chicken feast showcasing recipes from his new...
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NEW EPISODE: Blackbrick Chinese is the newest restaurant in the growing Midtown Miami neighborhood from @Richard Hales, the chef and owner of Sakaya Kitchen and Dim Ssäm à gogo. The restaurant serves classic Asian dishes with the distinctive twist that Hales has built his reputation on.  http://www.chatchow.tv/richard-hales-blackbrick/ 
Blackbrick Chinese is the newest restaurant in the growing Midtown Miami neighborhood from Richard Hales, the chef and owner of Sakaya Kitchen and Dim Ssäm à gogo. The restaurant serves classic Asi...
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Recap / Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival http://www.chatchow.tv/recap-cancun-riviera-maya-wine-and-food-festival/ 
by Lauren Bernat For the third year in a row, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival delighted guests with incredible cuisine and culinary experiences from some of the best chefs in the Ame...
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Taquiza has become the go-to spot for authentic tacos and late night eats on Miami Beach. Started by Eating House and Freehand Miami alum Steve Santana, it serves up tacos on house-made masa that has everyone buzzing. Chat Chow TV sat down with Santana to find out more about them and the concept behind them.

The fast casual restaurant, located on the first floor of the Eva Hotel, is a no-frills taqueria serving up seven different types of tacos to a standing-room only crowd. Santana emphasizes that everything in Taquiza is homemade right down to its masa corn tortillas, which uses corn grown in small heirloom farms sourced by Masienda. Other popular menu items include the guacamole with hand torn chips, dry rubbed beef jerky, and its take on the popular ice cream treat the choco taco.

But Santana hasn’t always been a chef — he actually began his career doing digital work, but always had a passion for food. After helping coordinate one of the first-ever Cobaya dinners, he met chef Jeremiah Bullfrog and began assisting him on his food truck. His passion grew from there and before long he left the digital world and became a chef full time.

Curious how Santana learned how to master the masa tortilla? Or what tacos are his favorite on the menu? Find out all that and more in video above. 

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27 Restaurant & Bar Brunch 

Seems like only yesterday that Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta along with Chef James Seyba opened the doors to their new home, 27 Restaurant & Bar. Now they launched a weekend brunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., where you can try dishes like the Egg “MacShaker” with house squealer burger, fried egg, bourbon mustard on an english muffin; Malawach with yemenite bread, harriff, feta, hardboiled egg; Latkes Benedict with duck pastrami, poached egg and russian hollandaise or the big boy plate – Bandeja Paisa with chicharones, black bean, arroz blanco, fried egg, ahi, ropa vieja, maduros.
We tried every single thing on the menu except for the Cast-Iron Cinnamon Roll which was sadly sold out. Make sure to bring your besties so you can do the same and order one asap. Who says dessert can’t be an appetizer?

And it wouldn’t be Broken Shaker without cocktails. All were $11 and we wouldn’t disappoint you guys if we didn’t try them all as well. Our faves included a Smokey Margarita with chili reduction, fresh lime, Ancho Reyes, Del Maguey Vida; the Brunchy Spritz with passion fruit, Aperol, Bombay Dry Gin, hopped grapefruit bitters, cava to the perfect start or end – Miso Honey Cold Brew made with a miso honey reduction, Panther cold brew, local coconuts, and Amaro Averna.

Check out some of the tasty dishes, drinks and start planning your weekend brunch right now.
Check out some of the tasty dishes, drinks and start planning your weekend brunch right now for 27 Restaurant & Bar Brunch.
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NEW EPISODE: The Floridian serves up unique Southern fare, w/ a healthy & local twist. Jeff McNally / The Floridian
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Father’s Day is right around the corner and we want to celebrate the Man’s Man. So Chat Chow teamed up with Mandarine Napoléon for an Old Fashioned Gift Pack which includes a bottle of Mandarine Napoléon (750ml), a bottle of Wild Turkey Rye (750 ml), Stirrings Simple Syrup (12 oz), Angostura Bitters (4 oz), Cocktail Stirrer, Boston Shaker Set, Two Rocks Glasses and yes, even the citrus. And if that wasn’t enough, we are also throwing in a “Hot Shave Service” from our favorite barbershop, Junior & Hatter. All you have to do is follow/like us and our awesome buddies below and enter to win. Good Luck and cheers to fathers everywhere.
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Father’s Day is right around the corner and we want to celebrate the Man’s Man. So Chat Chow teamed up with Mandarine Napoléon for an Old Fashioned Gift Pack which includes a bottle of Mandarine Na...
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Erica Guzman / Aragon 101 http://www.chatchow.tv/erica-guzman-aragon-101/ 
Aragon 101 is the home decor boutique and cooking school located in the heart of Coral Gables. Chat Chow TV sat down with owner Erica Guzman to learn more about the store and its popular cooking cl...
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Back in February, we took a trip to Philly with Nina Compton, Jacqueline Pirolo (of The Saint Austere) and our favorite lovebirds Michael Pirolo & Jennifer Chaefsky. The mission: pay their old ...
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A mouth-watering video podcast where we go behind the scenes with the chefs, owners and mixologists of Florida’s celebrated food industry.
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Simply said… we love food, video and a great story. So on April 13th, 2011, we launched ChatChowTV™, a mouth-watering video podcast where we go behind the scenes with the chefs, owners and mixologists of Florida’s celebrated food industry. Hosted by Lauren Bernat, the viral Wii Fit Girl sensation, the show consists of 6-10 minute episodes each individually highlighting some of our favorite food personalities. We hope you enjoy our content and the many more episodes to come. With that said, feel free to email us if you want to suggest someone, tell us about your restaurant or simply to say hello.