Scarpetta by chef Scott Conant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

(Miami Beach, FL) – Renowned celebrity chef Scott Conant opened his now highly-acclaimed Italian eatery Scarpetta in 2008 in New York City. Quickly becoming one the city’s most celebrated restaurants, Conant strategically brought the first outpost of award-winning Scarpetta to Fontainebleau Miami Beach. At Scarpetta, Conant serves rustic, yet refined Italian cuisine in a light, airy space that marries a traditional maritime aesthetic with New World elegance, creating a setting that is as memorable as the cuisine. Conant has further expanded his concept, taking Scarpetta to Toronto, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills.

The AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant’s bold architectural serves as the perfect stage for Conant’s seasonally-inspired Italian fare. Named for an Italian expression that means “little shoe” or the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish, Scarpetta recalls the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to the very last bite. Lauded for his ability to coax sublime flavors from the simplest ingredients, Conant’s menu is composed of farm-fresh ingredients and clean, earthy flavors that pay homage to his Italian heritage and travels throughout the country. As the restaurant’s name implies, guests will want to put a “little shoe” of bread to good use at the end of their meal in order to relish every last morsel.

“I was very excited to bring Scarpetta to Fontainebleau Miami Beach,” says Conant. “I have been a longtime fan of Miami’s vibrant culture and dining scene, and the Fontainebleau’s stylish and comfortable setting is a perfect complement to Scarpetta’s menu.”

Scarpetta’s menu is à la carte and organized by primi piatti (little plates), paste (pasta), piatti (entrees) and dolce (dessert). Conant’s signature dishes include Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil; Creamy Polenta with a Fricasse of Truffled Mushrooms; and Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli with Marsala Reduction. In addition, dishes inspired by Florida’s coastline include Black Cod with Concentrated Tomatoes and Roasted Fennel and Alaskan Halibut with prosciutto, asparagus and truffle emulsion

Scarpetta was designed by DC Studios USA, LLC, part of the David Collins Studio Group; the firm credited with some of the most elegant and inspired designs in hospitality. Tucked into the Fontainebleau’s Sorrento Tower with views of both the ocean and the resort’s stunning poolscape, Scarpetta features three distinct dining areas including a picturesque wraparound veranda offering al fresco seating, an intimate bar and lounge area as well as the restaurant’s main dining room. Scarpetta’s décor is nautical in theme with a muted palette of soft blues and whites intensified with playful elements that add wit to the sophisticated space. Collins’ design merges beautiful, natural Old World materials, such as rich woods and embossed leathers, with those possessing a strong maritime heritage, such as gloss marine lacquer, rope detailing, polished brass and white-washed timbers. Walls are intricately tiled in blacks, whites and grays that shimmer throughout the space, and create an ethereal quality that gives the feeling of water dancing along the walls.

“Scott is unquestionably talented and his food is exciting and compelling,” said Thomas Connell, Executive Chef, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “Scarpetta filled a void that no one else has been able to fill in Miami – it’s got an incredible, innovative menu, unrivaled by anything else on the beach, beautiful design, and a glamorous atmosphere. It is exactly what people are looking for.”

Scarpetta at Fontainebleau is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award, the latest in a long list of awards collected by Chef Scott Conant. The restaurant also received a four-star review from the Miami Herald in January 2009. In May 2009 Travel + Leisure voted Scarpetta Miami Beach in their “50 Best New U.S. Restaurants,” Named Rising Star in 2002 by New York magazine and Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2004, Scott Conant brings a wealth of talent to Miami Beach. In 2002, he opened L’Impero in Manhattan’s Tudor City and the restaurant was named “Best New Restaurant” in the U.S by the James Beard Foundation. The New York outpost of Scarpetta received a glowing three-star review from The New York Times in July 2008 and was named one of the ‘Best New Restaurants of 2008’ by Esquire magazine, The New York Times and New York Magazine. Conant is also a television personality, most known for his appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef, Chopped and hosting 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, both on Food Network.

Scarpetta is located within the Sorrento Tower at Fontainebleau Miami Beach and is open for dinner daily at 6:00 p.m. To make reservations call, 877.326.7412. For more information please visit www.fontainebleau.com

About Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than 50 years set on 22 oceanfront acres, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 new guestrooms and suites outfitted with iMacs®; 12 restaurants and lounges, most notably Gotham Steak®, ScarpettaTM and Hakkasan®; two dynamic nightlife venues; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and co-ed swimming pools; and a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape.

DC Studios USA, LLC, part of the David Collins Studio Group
DC Studios USA is synonymous with the finest luxury, architecture and interiors, with a constantly evolving style that has been hugely influential. Its work has revolutionized the restaurant and hotel industry in the UK, creating the most desirable, stylish and highly-praised destinations to eat, drink and mix. The company takes a holistic approach, incorporating architecture, interior design, furniture design and graphic design, to create a one-stop design service. Notable projects include The London NYC and The London West Hollywood ; The Blue Bar at The Berkeley hotel, Knightsbridge; The Wolseley, Piccadilly; Locanda Locatelli, Portman Square; Claridge’s Bar, Claridge’s, Mayfair; J. Sheekey, Soho; and design for the Vivienne Westwood.