The new M&V Café is located in the former Barok space at 12953 Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami. On a recent Sunday, the amazing Chef’s tasting menu prepared by French Chef Fabrice di Rienzo featured Terrine of Foie Gras, Lobster Ravioli, Saumon en Croute, Braised Short-Ribs, Soufflé Grand Marnier, and Chocolate Fondant Cake, each course paired with Secret of the Vines French wines. No meagerly caloric menu, this, but it was put together for a food writer’s opinion on what items should be find their way to a regular spot on the menu. “All of them,” I said.
The M& V Café is under the new ownership and management of Chef di Rienzo, who recently moved here from France. Chef di Rienzo was formerly chef and manager of his own restaurant, La Table d’Auzeville, a restaurant “in the style of Escoffier,” in Auzeville, Tolosane, France. “I love great French cuisine,” Chef di Rienzo says. He is trained in the style of classic French cooking, and makes no secret that his cuisine is close to that of famed French Auguste Escoffier, French chef, the restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods.
Chef di Rienzo worked a year with Chef Daniel Boulud, at Restaurant Daniel in New York; for two years with Chef Paul Bocuse at L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges at Collonges au Mont d’Or in France; and most recently, with 3-Michelin-starred restaurateur Bernard Loiseau for three and a half years at the Hôtel-Restaurant Relais Bernard Loiseau in Salieu France, before owning his own restaurant in Toulouse, France. It was during the time that he owned the restaurant that he won the prestigious “Laureate Prize,” with congratulations from the Mayor of the city of Toulouse, with “thanks for having put the gastronomy of the Toulouse metropolis in the spotlight.”
M & V Cafe is open for Lunch: Tue–Fri 9:00 am–3:00 pm, Dinner: Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–10:00 pm, Sat all Day 9:00 am–10:00 pm, and Brunch Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm. #MVCafe @mandvcafe
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