In the Roaring ‘20s, The Forge was an actual forge – a
blacksmith shop owned by artisan Dino Phillips that
designed decorative iron gates and sculptures for the
homes of wealthy Miami winter residents including the
Firestones and the Vanderbilts. In the 1930s, blacksmith
Phillips turned his forge into a sophisticated restaurant
and casino where regulars including Frank Sinatra, Judy
Garland, Jackie Gleason, Walter Winchell, Arthur Godfrey
and Martha Ray wined, dined and danced. The Forge’s
specialty was its flavorful open-hearth-grilled steak.
In addition to five dramatically elegant dining rooms, The
Grand Tasting Room and Forge Bar, there is an adjoining
nightclub, Glass at The Forge and the East Room at The
Forge available for live music performances and private
The famed Wine Cellar at The Forge contains more than
300,000 vintages in an eight-room cellar within the
restaurant. It is considered by oenophiles to be one of
the finest collections in the world. The rarest bottles,
including a 1792 Madeira and an 1822 Château Lafitte
Rothschild – the latter worth an estimated $150,000.00
– are secured in a chamber behind floor-to-ceiling iron
gates. Private tours of the cellar by Forge sommeliers
Gino or George are available upon request.
432 41 St Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140
305 538 8533• theforge.com
Located in the affluent SoFi (South of Fifth Street) neighbour-
hood, Cibo claims to be the biggest and newest Italian
restaurant in South Beach.
This bold and beautiful 12,000 sq ft space is a blend of
old world rustic and modern industrial chic. Hand-made
Traditional Italian Cibo... a true taste of authentic southern
cooking fresh made amongst patrons at the 60ft open
3500 bottles of wine are displayed in a soaring two-story
award-winning wine room equipped with harnessed
wine angel to retrieve your favorite bottle.
From Cibo’s industrial chic, vibrant, bar area to the
casual Ocean Drive street side patio, to one of South
Beach’s largest rooftop patio, every corner turned offers
a distinctly different experience.
This celebrated restaurant would not be complete without
original artwork from renowned artists Mr. Brainwash and
200 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 987-6060• cibowinebar.com
Each issue we will explore the dynamic culinary land-
scape that draws people from around the world to our
city. In this issue we share some old favourites along
side some exciting new concepts.
In or next issue, we will take a look at Miami’s waterfront
offerings, after all, Boat Show Season is almost upon us!
C Miami Magazine