A Closer Look at Casadonna – Miami’s Hottest Restaurant

Travel

Miami

Last Updated on: Jul 4, 2024 

Last October, Groot Hospitality and Tao Group unveiled Casadonna – an elegant waterfront destination located in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. Inspired by its historic origins as an iconic women’s club, Casadonna covers an impressive 20,000-square-foot space complete with indoor, outdoor, and bar seating areas.

Riviera-style Italian cooking takes center stage while the calm waters of Biscayne Bay shimmer behind. From its exquisite decor to its delectable menu, the venue stands out as an indispensable gem of local gastronomy.

Coastal Italian Cuisine

Casadonna Restaurant epitomizes Miami’s signature blend of modern energy with coastal charm. If you can’t take my word for it, simply google “is Casadonna in Miami good?” and see what everyone’s saying. Recently opened, this extraordinary dining experience brings patrons seamlessly into a world of culinary artistry inspired by coastal Italy; Casadonna serves Riviera-style dishes in an exceptional setting.

Casadonna is the vision of David Grutman of Groot Hospitality and Noah Tepperberg of Tao Group Hospitality – two leading hospitality groups based out of Miami-Dade County. Situated in Edgewater, its 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean Revival building once housed the Women’s Club but now hosts contemporary seafood dining with stunning views of Biscayne Bay.

Casadonna takes its name from the historic structure it now occupies; Casadonna is a portmanteau of two Italian words meaning “house of the woman.” This female-centric concept and decor pay homage to Women’s Club’s history of community empowerment.

The Riviera-style restaurant serves dishes inspired by coastal regions such as Naples and Positano, such as crispy young artichoke, royal dorade, Bistecca Fiorentina, and handmade pasta options such as campanelle bolognese. Additionally, an impressive wine list with rare vintages as well as contemporary selections is offered, quickly making this venue one of the favorites among some of Naples and Positano’s most notable socialites and celebrities.

Sophisticated Beverage Selections

Casadonna, Groot Hospitality’s inaugural coastal Italian-inspired restaurant, and Tao Group Hospitality’s inaugural coastal Italian-themed project pays a luxurious ode to Miami’s historic Edgewater neighborhood. The name, which is an anagram for “house of the woman” from its previous incarnation as Miami Women’s Club, pays a nod to this historic building’s past identity as a club for women; designed by Fulk – who also worked on Strawberry Moon for them – presents an unabashedly feminine take on old Hollywood glamor.

Fulk used dramatic lighting to bring this 20,000-square-foot space alive – from outdoor vaulted bar entryway, garden-inspired loggia dining room, intimate lounges leading to Ocean Bar and waterside Ocean Bar, Fulk created a lavish experience for every space in his 20,000-square-foot restaurant. Fulk used chandeliers, “floating lanterns,” rich blues, and dusty pink hues as accent colors to highlight each element in each room of this lavish affair.

Michael Gucfa of Lavo Singapore oversees an innovative menu that takes inspiration from coastal Italian cuisine, featuring dishes such as Riviera-inspired grilled octopus and risotto nero – traditional dishes updated with modern touches – on offer at this restaurant. For lighter fare options such as raw crudo (https://guide.michelin.com/sg/en/article/dining-out/how-to-distinguish-raw-meat-dishes) selection or salad options; couples are also invited to share one of Lavo Singapore’s impressive 36-ounce dry-aged tomahawk steak offerings!

Stylish Atmosphere

Casadonna delighted crowds during its inaugural week by serving Riviera-style cuisine in an exquisite space designed by Groot Hospitality and Tao Group Hospitality, both powerhouses of Miami scene-sters. Spanning over 20,000 square feet – double height atrium bar and large outdoor living room style terrace – with plenty of room to lounge, dine, and sip expertly crafted cocktails and wines, Casadonna quickly established itself as one of Miami’s premiere scene spots.

Grutman and Fulk collaborated with AD100 designer Ken Fulk from AD100 Designer Ken Fulk of AD100 Designer Ken Fulk on Goodtime Hotel in South Beach to craft an opulent atmosphere at Women’s Club building, emphasizing its feminine history by using dusty pink and blue colors with an emphasis on lush flora.

Fulk’s strategy for designing his restaurant involves treating it as a series of interconnected rooms that slowly reveal themselves over time, in keeping with its Italian name which translates as the House of the Woman.

Celebrity Spotlight

At Miami’s vibrant Edgewater neighborhood lies Casadonna – a coastal Italian-inspired restaurant that blends time-honored tradition with modern flair. An unprecedented collaboration between hospitality powerhouses Groot Hospitality led by local entrepreneur David Grutman and Tao Group Hospitality (known for their club-like eateries around the world), Casadonna occupies the historic Mediterranean Revival building that once housed Women’s Club of Miami; with Ken Fulk designing an experience bursting with femininity as its inspiration.

Fulk’s vision captures the spirit of Miami culture while honoring the Women’s Club heritage. Using dusty pink and blue hues, Fulk created an inviting 20,000 square-foot space featuring double-height atrium bar seating and expansive outdoor lounge space – as well as an extensive wine list to complement Riviera-style Italian food.

Since Casadonna opened its doors to Miami residents and travelers alike in late October, it has quickly become a must-visit spot. From Riviera-style cuisine and sophisticated cocktails to possibly catching sight of celebrities passing through town, guests continue to flock to Casadonna.

Reproduction of the content, including the photographs without prior consent/permission of the writer and photographer, is not encouraged at all and a violation of the same will attract legal action. If you need anything, Contact Us.

Agni Amrita Travel Blogger

Hey! we’re Agni & Amrita.

We have been travelling together since the last 15 years and writing independent and personal travel content since 2014. Travel is one of the best teachers and through this blog, we aim to share our experiences and travel tips. We encourage you to travel more and see the world through your eyes and not through filtered templates.

Find more about us.

RELATED POSTS

Exploring the hidden gems of Greece Mainland

Exploring the hidden gems of Greece Mainland

When planning to jet off to Greece, you may envision an idyllic island with white-washed houses and pristine shores. But whilst the stunning islands of Greece certainly are alluring, so too is the lesser-explored mainland. From fascinating historical sites to...

Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing: A new luxury

Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing: A new luxury

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, has always fascinated adventurers. Reaching the summit of Everest is a challenging and risky endeavor. Still, nowadays, many travelers are opting for helicopter tours to experience the mountain more safely and...

Essential Gear for Spearfishing Adventures

Essential Gear for Spearfishing Adventures

When we're gearing up for a spearfishing adventure, it's crucial to have the right equipment. Not only does it enhance our experience, but it also ensures our safety underwater. From spearguns to wetsuits, we'll delve into the must-have gear that'll take your...

Gozo’s Natural Wonders: A Photographic Journey

Gozo’s Natural Wonders: A Photographic Journey

Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Gozo, a small island part of the Maltese archipelago, stands as a beacon of natural beauty and photographic allure. With its rich history, unique landscapes, and vibrant culture, Gozo offers an array of stunning visuals that...

How to See the World When You’re Scared of Flying

How to See the World When You’re Scared of Flying

Many people dream of travelling the world and experiencing new cultures, sights, foods and adventures. However, for those with a fear of flying, the thought of getting on an airplane can cause extreme stress and anxiety. The good news is that with a bit of planning,...

The Ultimate Guide to Nutrition: Insights for Every Traveler

The Ultimate Guide to Nutrition: Insights for Every Traveler

Eating well during your travels is not just about looking great in your OOTD, it’s about your health and strength. It will affect your ability to take part in adventures and also the extent to which you’ll be able to enjoy your trip. If you’re a frequent traveler,...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.