Sunset Harbour Sardinia Continues to Enchant


Paella di fregola (Sardinian couscous with seafood), served with the region’s Jankara Vermentino wine at Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante.

Sardinia co-owner Antonio Gallo.

South Beach gets plenty of sunshine. But when it rains, it floods. “Sometimes we call it Venice,” says Pietro Vardeu, executive chef and co-owner of Sunset Harbour eatery Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante.

In the past, when the flooding turned Sardinia into an island (fittingly, considering its namesake), employees would rent electric carts with oversize tires to ferry customers from a nearby parking lot to the restaurant’s front door.

“You have to do whatever it takes,” says Vardeu’s partner, restaurateur Antonio Gallo. That attitude helps to explain how Sardinia managed to thrive in Sunset Harbour in the years before the neighborhood became a culinary hotbed, which now boasts a growing lineup of hip eateries, a gourmet café, a yoga studio, a high-end juice bar, a Fresh Market, and, perhaps most consequentially, a 460-space parking garage.

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