Or “How 3 Childhood Friends Fostered Miami’s Hidden Gem”

Consensus: Very few established locales have captured the true essence of their cultural persona as authentically as Alloy Bistro Gourmet has, and none with such a sensual and welcoming attention to detail. Easily one of our new favorite treasures in the growing Miami food scene.

In the heart of Downtown, hidden amongst money exchanges and towering banks, lazily sun-bathing in an unnoticeable pedestrian walkway is a jewel reflecting the Mediterranean at its most intimate in what we have happily dubbed: “Off the Beaten Alley.” White-washed walls, towering arches, and vibrant mosaic tiles that dance into your line of sight straight from Tunisia. Hand-made wooden harvest tables, greenery for miles, and the distant sound of sizzling fish on a pan. That’s what welcomes you at Alloy Bistro Gourmet.

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In under three weeks, Downtown’s newest outpost has infused the surrounding streets with the ultimate friend and family vibe. Everything about Alloy comes straight from the heart. Created by brothers Federico and Claudio Genovese, and long-time friend, Luna Bertolotti, the restaurant is a blending of each of their respective homelands: Tunisia, Italy, France, London, and everywhere in between. The word alloy itself means “fusion” which is exactly what these three, along with the help of Federico’s wife, Alia, have refined with every freshly made dish and each hand-crafted menu.

At Alloy Bistro Gourmet, the close-knit family preaches that a good restaurant doesn’t need to be “fine dining” for you to eat ‘5-star’ food. Everything at the eatery is open and warm, light like a white linen blowing in a sea breeze. Its neighboring Brazilian, Greek, and Peruvian restaurants all equally charming slices of their own respective cultures. Back at Alloy, jazz lingers in the background while GM and co-founder, Claudio, might ride right up on a Vespa, while you peruse the day’s fresh menu. Like its atmosphere, the Alloy menu balances Mediterranean freshness and whimsical twists based off of spontaneous and local inspirations.

We started our seasonal tasting with the Mango and Goat’s Cheese Salad with house-preserved beets and watercress, the perfect summer salad, also named: “Goats Love Mango.” And so would you if you tried it like that. Everything at Alloy is completely fresh and never frozen with a revolving menu that changes by the day. We then had “My Oyster is a Mushroom” or what we plebeians would call oyster mushrooms with Mahi Mahi eggs, edible flowers, and watercress sauce. The open kitchen leaves nothing to the imagination, but the theatrical bell jar reveal of the Smoked Swordfish sure does, a perfectly blue cloud of smoke like something out of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. Top it all off with a 36-Hour Pineapple for dessert, stick a fork in us, we’re done.

Photos by Natalia Pascual