What’s trending on Miami’s food scene?

Wondering where Miami’s famous crowd eat and drink? It’s easy to spot lines coming out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to spot.

Using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, we researched the question to see which restaurants saw a remarkable upward trend this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at the Miami businesses on Yelp by category and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. We then analyzed SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are trending right now.

Small Italy pizza

Photo: Piccola Italian Pizza / Yelp

Open since 2009, this family-owned Italian spot selling pizza and more is trending compared to other companies listed as “Italian” on Yelp.

Across the city, Italian spots saw new ratings rise by an average of 2.7% last month, while Piccola Italia Pizza saw a 4.5% increase and consistently maintained a mixed rating of 3.5 stars. According to SafeGraph traffic data, the number of visitors to Piccola Italia Pizza has more than doubled in the past month.

It’s not the only outlier in the Italian category: Northern Italy saw ratings rise 13.4%.

Piccola Italia Pizza is located at 2389 Coral Way in Coral Way and offers pizza with a variety of toppings, pastas, sandwiches and desserts. The menu highlights include the chicken parmigiana sub, Bolognese pizza and tiramisu.

Piccola Italia Pizza is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (It’s closed on Mondays.) According to SafeGraph, people tend to visit Piccola Italia Pizza on Saturdays and Thursdays, and draw a quarter of all visitors on those two days. When planning your visit, try the slower periods on Sundays.

Katsuya Brickell

Photo: Katsuya Brickell / Yelp

Whether or not you’ve heard of Brickell’s Katsuya Brickell, the popular venues and event spaces, the sushi bar, and the Japanese spot, it’s a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Japanese” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 2.1% over the past month, Katsuya Brickell saw new reviews rise 17.4% over the past month, with a slight upward trend from a 3.5 star rating to a was recorded a month ago to its current four stars.

Katsuya Brickell has been open at 8 SE Eighth St. since June 2018 and offers starters such as Chili Passion Oysters (Kumamoto oyster, passion fruit and Fresno chili jam) and Waygu Short Rib Gyoza (with dashi braised onions and brûlé Gruyere Foam) as well as sushi and sashimi platter. Desserts include Geisha’s Kiss, which is made from adzuki bean semifreddo, strawberry sake broth, crispy meringue, strawberry foam and shisho.

Katsuya Brickell is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 am to midnight.

The citadel

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The citadel of little Haiti is also making waves. The well-established food court, music venue and cocktail bar, which has been located at 8300 NE Second Ave. since February. Cocktail Bars “on Yelp.

The Citadel is a dining room with French, Asian, Peruvian, Italian specialties and much more. A full-service bar offers everything from beer and wine to handcrafted cocktails like the Miami Margarita with Patron Silver, mango puree, lime juice, and hellfire habanero bitters. Last month, the Yelp rating went from four to 4.5 stars.

The Citadel is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (It’s closed on Monday.)

World famous house from Mac

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The world famous House of Mac is numerically the liveliest New American spot in town.

The established New American spot that offers soul food and chicken wings and has been located at 2055 NW Second Ave. since 2015. opened, has increased its new reviews by 7.5% in the last month, an outlier compared to the 1.7% median new reviews for Yelp’s “American (New)” category.

The world-famous House of Mac is known for its wide variety of gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes, including one made with jumbo shrimp and seasoned lobster tail. Other options include chicken wings with a variety of sauces and pasta dishes such as Rucklachsnudeln (made from penne noodles, Ruck Alfredo sauce and spicy salmon).

The world-famous House of Mac is open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 2am, and Sunday from 12pm to midnight.

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