Pizza & Burger – Michael’s Backyard Kitchen, the savory summer pop-up from nationally acclaimed star chef Michael Mina, has just opened inside Michael Mina 74. Launching just in time for summer, the menu embodies the relaxed fun flavors and conviviality of a midsummer backyard bash.

“Pizza & Burger was truly inspired by what our family cooks together at our own summer backyard get-togethers,” says Chef Michael Mina. “Sammy is my burger maniac, Anthony adores pizza – and Pizza & Burger’s menu is very much modeled after many fun-filled summer days at home with family and friends.”

As a result, the menu consists of made from scratch pizzas, rich with fresh, local ingredients and Mina’s to die for burgers – an expansion of the offerings that has developed a devoted following at Michael Mina 74. Guests can design their own salads from a checklist of fresh, tasty ingredients, or graze on an array of crave-able snacks. All of this goodness can be enjoyed with handcrafted cocktails, wines by the glass and, in keeping with MM74’s reputation as one of Miami’s foremost gastropubs, a killer selection of local beers.

“In keeping with the concept, prices are affordable, approachable and encourage return dining,” says Philip Goldfarb, President and COO of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “Pizza & Burger is perfect for friendly get-togethers, family dinners, after-work drinks and bites, and should be a great addition to our summer offerings.”

Burgers ($17–$22) include the classic Dry Aged burger, for which MM74 has received considerable kudos – ground steak burger, topped with crispy pork belly, spicy ketchup, onions and white cheddar. Other selections cater to all appetites big and small from The Cuban Frita – beef, chorizo, smoked paprika aioli and crispy potato to The Hippie Chick – marinated and grilled eggplant, tomato jam, crispy zucchini and red onion labneh (Greek yogurt) and Haloumi cheese. All burgers can be supplemented with add-ons ($1-$18) ranging from fresh mozzarella and crispy bacon to foie gras and butter-poached lobster.

Pizzas ($17–$39) also run the gamut from classic pies made with extraordinary fresh ingredients to delicious multi-ingredient concoctions including The Standard with crushed San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and sea salt; The Surf with butter poached lobster, chanterelle charred corn and summer truffle and The Parmigianotopped with fried eggplant, meatballs, Sunday sauce, basil and whole milk mozzarella. Grandma’s Style Pizzas like the Grandma the Butcher with a focaccia crust, soppressata, pepperoni, bacon, hot coppa and peppadew peppers are perfect for larger groups.

Choose from a variety of individual or family style salads ($12-$28) including a Market Salad where you can select up to ten items from a list of greens, vegetables & fruits, cheeses, nuts, seeds & croutons and dressings & vinaigrettes. Add your own protein ($9-$14) with toppings like Gulf prawns, King salmon, grilled skirt steak and free-range chicken. Other salads include, The Caesar, The Greek and The South Beach with baby kale, radicchio, arugula, grapefruit, avocado and basil dressing. Sides ($6-$14) make for great accompaniments or stand on their own as snacks. Among those on offer are The Wings – spiced honey gastrique, pickeled apple and popcorn peanuts; The Tomatoes – Kumato tomatoes stuffed with burrata, balsamic and crispy basil, and The Toast – freshly baked toasted sourdough slathered with house-made ricotta, black pepper honey, toasted pecans, prosciutto and stone fruit.

Desserts are all about summer sweetness – Rocky Road Profiteroles, Caramel-Roasted Peaches and Gelato, Guilty Pleasure Sundae with all the fixins and Ice Cream Sandwiches. Local beers from MIA Brewing will flow from taps and a variety of local bottles and cans will be available. Wines by the glass will complement the cuisine and cocktails will reflect summer. Try a traditional Margarita blended or on the rocks, a Train Wreck with Hennessey Cognac, mango and lemon, or Jungle Bird with Cruzan Rum, Campari and pineapple lime.

Pizza & Burger – Michael’s Backyard Kitchen debuted at Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Friday, June 24th and will remain in place through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Michael Mina 74 is located at 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140 inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach, located right off the main lobby. For reservations or to call in a takeaway order, guests should dial (305) 674-4636. For more information, visit: https://fontainebleau.com

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