Inside Newly Opened La Centrale Italian Food Hall At Brickell City Centre

La Centrale, an Italian food hall, is now open at Brickell City Centre.

According to Centre Magazine, the space is 70 percent restaurant and just 30 percent retail – a much higher ratio of restaurant space compared to Eataly.

Interior design is by Urban Robot Associates of Miami Beach. Members of the firm were sent on a field trip to Milan, Liguria, Rome and Florence for inspiration.

This is the first store for La Centrale. The company intends to expand nationally.

 

Level two is for more formal restaurant space, while level three will have wine. Only the first floor is open as of yesterday:

A gelateria by Florence’s Venchi:

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marc
3 years ago

Where’s the Sbarro’s?

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s what im talking about!! Good ol Sbarro’s.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Love the Sbarro’s Stromboli. 🙂

Anonymous
3 years ago

Right? Hell, give me a CiCi’s!!!

Oscar
3 years ago

The rebranding of food courts as “food halls” is a sure sign that we’ve reached Peak Civilization.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And when that fails, “food chambers”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Food castles.

M.B.
3 years ago

Foodatariums

Enough with the Italian food courts!
3 years ago

Nobody finds it weird that they are two very very similar businesses within this small shopping center? How can these two survive? Casa Tua is pretty nice, time to try this one and see…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I do. It looks like a food court at a mall. I imagined more retail and a lively market type atmosphere.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well then you weren’t being very realistic.

It was never going to be a “market” and that was pretty obvious.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Who are you complaining to? Just don’t go if not into Italian food.

Really???
3 years ago

As someone who lives in Brickell, I think the criticism is fair. To have all that space wasted when you can essentially go to Casa Tua and get basically the same food seems like a poor decision. It wipes out what I though was going to be a big reason to come to the mall.

Honestly at this point I would have preferred a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. That’s a lot of space wasted on pizza and pasta.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A Whole Foods is literally 10 minute walk away.. or take metromover.

Really???
3 years ago

Not really the point. I was just saying they would be better off with something that is useful in all that space that would drive regular people to the mall on a constants basis.

After visiting La Centrale Mercato once I have no real desire to ever go back and visit again.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ok thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Casa Tua very good although the wine is extremely expensive. Ate their for first time on Saturday and loved it that went back Sunday. Cool concept of food stations on one floor + great food. The only negative (which I guess can be seen as positive) is that it gets so crowded at times that walking through the stations can be tedious

Marc306
3 years ago

These definitely killed off Stanzione87 and possibly some of the other Italian spots near-by. Stanzione was EMPTY around 7-8pm Saturday, while the two food halls were packed.

Antonio
3 years ago

Stanzione is a far better quality, ambiance and supports a small business. If your looking a large loud weekend crowds, small chaotic pathways and terrible service then Casa Tua is for you. Before I finished my pasta and salad the runners took my half eaten plate of pasta, didn’t ask me if i was finished because she did not speak english. It seems casa tua tries very hard to turn over the tables for more customers making the people eating feel rushed. Lets see how La Centrale does with service and quality.

FromATL
3 years ago

Call me old-fashioned but I guess I’ll reserve all observations/critiques/praises until such time La Centrale is completely open and I have an opportunity to visit and see for myself. Doing otherwise is an exercise in useless speculation and a waste of time and energy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I decided to check out how it looks with friends after we dined at Casa Tua and was definitely not impressed – actually was upset after all the hype. I’ve seen complaints about their service on social media as well so hopefully they take the feedback and improve this.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It was always a food court at the mall.
The PR was just good.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Their PR was good but couldn’t back it up with a great product (1st floor so far). Look at Casa Tua. They didn’t go buy advertising all over the place yet they are usually packed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well, they were the first to open.

Really???
3 years ago

I stopped in as well and was also extremely unimpressed. To call this place a market was a joke. To take up all that space in the mall and essentially have no real products makes no sense. I literally walked in, walked around for about 30 seconds and then walked out.

In fairness if it was in the mall by itself it would be average at best. But with Casa Tua it just seems irrelevant.

Marc306
3 years ago

You mean you weren’t blown away by their “huge” selection of overpriced packaged cookies and bread products? As an Italian Brickell resident, I was excited to hear of a MERCATO opening, figuring I could procure some products here that I can’t get at a Publix or Whole Foods and would typically drive all the way up to Hollywood for. Calling it anything that resembles a market/mercato is a complete joke.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t want to sound too pessimistic but I don’t think BCC really needs two Italian food halls. Is this really the best they could find? I would literally rather have any other region of the world but Italian.

Really???
3 years ago

“According to Centre Magazine, the space is 70 percent restaurant and just 30 percent retail – a much higher ratio of restaurant space compared to Eataly.”

And there lies the problem. It’s essentially a big bland restaurant. At Eataly there is so much you can go there and buy. Meat, cheese, vegetables, pasta, cooking equipment, books, etc. It makes for an experience.

You can go there and actually shop. Here they have and handful of items that they offer just as a gimmick. You not going to actually go here to pick up anything. It’s basically a huge food court with no variety.

If anyone remembers Made in Italy in Wynwood it was about 1/5 the size but felt a lot better.

This is the biggest disappointment of City Center so far. What a wast of all of that space.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Spot on!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Anonymous
3 years ago

lmao..

Marc306
3 years ago

This. And Casa Tua fails even more at this. They barely sell any retail products as you mention. They literally took a typical Italian restaurant and made the kitchen/service EXTREMELY inefficient by splitting it up into a bunch of “unique restaurants”. The three times I have eaten there it was a complete mess of people and servers running around non-stop, searching for tables and numbers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I didn’t know that South Americans love Italian food halls so much that they put not only one but two in a mall in Miami…

marc
3 years ago

Italian food court

Anonymous
3 years ago

South America has a major Italian influence. Diaspora isn’t limited to North America, you know. In fact it’s greater to an extent because the lack of forced assimilation, which had its pros and cons.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well Italian culture is more similar to Spaniard and Portuguese cultures. All are Romance languages and mostly Catholic cultures. Argentina is basically an second Italy lol

Anonymous
3 years ago

The food sucked and the waiters take long to see you and they took 20 minutes to run my card.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I love the Eataly in the Prudential Center Boston.. will be visiting Miami’s La Centrale soon!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Please don’t go if those are your expectations! At least wait until they open all three floors as I think you will be disappointed with the first floor especially if you are expecting an Eataly.

Really???
3 years ago

If they are expecting Eataly then they are going to be disappointed no matter what.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It is not the same.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looking forward to going to a cooking class.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hopefully they are not overpriced.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ha! The items I saw today are more expensive than at Eataly in New York.
Ana we are not in New York.
It’s a very expensive for well heeled South Americans.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It looks.. empty.. and I’m not talking about the people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I haven’t been to La Centrale yet but I hope all the negative comments are just because it is not fully open. And I don’t understand why they would open with just one floor when the remaining two are still under work….it is silly because people would obviously compare both markets but one of them is just partially working.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They were already very late in opening and had to push off a publicized December opening every month. Bad planning from the management/owners.
I too hope that but the sad but true part is that the market is meant to be just first floor so no hope in something better opening in other two floors.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Look at those wide sidewalks… /s

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, with nobody on them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

bad customer service!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Marvelous, simply MARVELOUS!!!