MIAMI, Fla. — INK Entertainment is introducing its Toronto-born Italian concept, Sofia, to the Miami Design District neighbourhood this fall. The Toronto transplant will unveil in Miami as part of the company’s rapid expansion plans throughout the U.S., officially opening its doors in the very heart of the city’s central arts, culture, and shopping district.
Helmed by Charles Khabouth, Danny Soberano, and Ricardo Tabet, INK Entertainment Group boasts a collection of award-winning culinary concepts across Canada and South Florida. Joining its existing and widely lauded South Florida restaurant ventures — Byblos Miami, meet Dalia, and Amal — Sofia will extend the ultimate upscale, modern Italian dining and entertainment experience. Complemented by her chic yet playful signature backdrop and enlivened ambiance, Sofia Design District will offer more than a nightly dinner spot, but rather a destination to celebrate, savor, and explore within.
“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our footprint in South Florida, bringing Sofia to what we feel is one of the most significant areas and desirable culinary destinations in Miami,” says Khabouth, founder and CEO of INK Entertainment Group.
Sofia Design District will offer a fresh perspective and an honest, refined approach to both new and nostalgic Italian dishes. With a commitment to sourcing only the finest quality ingredients that pay homage to authentic Italian flavors, Sofia’s seasonal offerings will highlight the quintessential flavors of Italian fine dining. Curated by executive chef Daniel Roy, the menu leads with a selection of antipasti including, Prosciutto, Carpaccio, Grilled Octopus, Citrus Salads, Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini, and a robust collection of Crudo. Fresh, handmade pasta dishes headline the menu’s main section, with dishes such asvCacio e Pepe al Tartufo, Rigatoni Alla Vodka, and Ravioli di Ricotta e Noci. ‘Pesce’ mains feature Branzino, Aragosta (butter-poached lobster), and Gamberetti (wild king prawn), while ‘Carne’ mains highlight Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, Wagyu Filets, Breaded Veal, Ribeye, Prime Striploin, among others.
Sofia’s cocktail program is a medley of signature drinks with an Italian twist. Expertly crafted cocktails are enhanced by regionally sourced herbs and flavour-focused ingredients, with a notable emphasis on execution and elegant presentation. Sofia’s vast wine selection features many vintages and an ample selection of authentic Italian wines rare to the local dining scene.
Imagined by Studio Munge, Sofia Design District is a fashion-forward addition to chic Palm Court. Inspired by the bold aesthetics of Sofia Toronto, Sofia Miami boasts a flamingo-pink and amethyst palette, couture design and Italian glam. While most tables will host groups of four and more, three intimate niches offer a recessed point-of-view for smaller parties. In their centre, framed by sleek pink-leather upholstered curved walls, portraits of Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn by Russell Young elevate the room with their iconic glamour and charisma. Sofia also contains a semi-private dining room, with hosting capabilities for up to 14 people. A custom Bubbly chandelier by Rosie Li playfully dances above the table; while on its side, a half-moon glass cellar invites celebratory libation.
Sofia will open seven days a week for dinner service starting at 5 p.m., with brunch and lunch to launch in the coming weeks. Guests can look forward to a diverse selection of live entertainment, music, and unique activations throughout the week. Nightly programming and special larger-scale weekly events will roll out in the coming months.