Miami’s newest eatery Villa Castelli celebrated its grand opening with endless passed hors d’oeuvres of the restaurant’s traditional Italian cuisine, Of Grappa cocktails and an open bar, with entertainment by top Venezuelan singer Ghaleb. Notable guests included former professional Italian soccer player Alessandro Nesta, the Florida Panthers and 10-year-old professional go kart racer, Elio Jr. A proud sponsor of the little champion, the owners of Villa Castelli presented Elio Jr. with a check for $12,000 to continue pursuing his racing career.
About Villa Castelli
Villa Castelli was named after a small southern Italian town where Ciro Costanzo, the restaurant’s general manager, was born and raised. The restaurant’s décor is reminiscent of a 1940’s Italian eatery which includes fresh roses on every table highlighted by authentic recipes handed down over the generations. Helmed by Sicilian-born Chef Jioacchino Sofia and Chilean-born, European-groomed Executive Chef Gonzalo Fuente Alba, the menu is changed every month to keep the experience fresh in Miami’s ever-evolving culinary scene.