Soya & Pomodoro Part 1: Downtown Miami’s Little Piece of Italy

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Walking into Soya feels like walking onto a street in Italy.  Granted, I have never been to Italy like Ashley has, it feels exotic and timeless.  The fact that the waiters speak Italian definitely adds to the charm!

We are by no means the first to review this restaurant; on the wall are “positive review” plaques from the New Times, Miami Herald and Zagat.  The reviews are well deserved, even if just for the transporting experience.

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Soya is actually quite hidden away between northeast 1st street and 2nd avenue downtown.  We only stumbled on it because our original restaurant choice was closed for the holidays – or for good, we couldn’t tell.

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First thing when you walk in, is the kitchen and staff.  To the left is the sit-down area which actually looks like it’s between two old buildings with a roof overhead.  I really thought places like this only existed in Manhattan, the more I dine out in Miami, the more I fall in love with it.

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In the back is a nifty little book store which makes it even more lovely.

At Soya, I ordered the Soy Burger with fresh spinach, tomato & mozzarella on Ciabatta bread.  It was delicious, fresh and so big that I ate only half the burger and brought the rest home (which was still delicious later by the way).

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Overall, Soya is a wonderful experience.  The waiters seem very busy and you will probably sit very close to your fellow patrons but it all adds to the excitement of the place.  If you can’t afford the expensive airfare to Italy, just stop by Soya & Pomodoro for a $10 or so lunch time “shot” of Italy.

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