Michael Beltran may have named his eatery after his grandparents’ restaurant in Pinar del Río, Cuba, but what happens in the kitchen at Coconut Grove’s Ariete is a reflection of Miami: Cuban-inspired, American-influenced cooking concocted in the 305. Leña by Ariete is an extension of Beltran’s culinary M.O., turning the familiar into something fresh and unexpected (and even a little weird). The grill-centric concept doles out wood-fired meats and seasonal vegetables and dabbles in Cuban grab-and-go staples with help from Ariete sous chef Giovanni Fesser, a.k.a. Pastelito Papi. One bite of Fesser’s PB&J pastelito, and you’ll never look at a Cuban pastry the same way again.
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