Chez Enzo has come a long way. The used-to-be Venezuelan food distributor became known for a knack of French favorites like caviar and pâté, and now it’s serving up Italian deliciousness stateside.
The man behind it all, Carlos Blanco, sat down to talk what it takes to run your own place, while also wearing the chef’s hat.
Q: How is Miami’s Chez Enzo different to what you had going on in Venezuela?
A: “This is a modern trattoria, without the cheesy music playing, but still all the great flavors you expect. Back home we had more wholesale going on and I was directing the whole thing. We did start serving our own food and making our own pastas, so that’s where the idea comes from. Here, I am the one cooking, so that’s the main difference.”
Q: What does the name Chez Enzo mean?
A: “It’s combination of my father’s name and the French word chez, which translates to the feeling of being at someone’s house. That’s how we want you to feel when you’re here.”
Q: What makes your restaurant unique?
A: “Nothing is canned here. Every sauce and pasta is made from scratch, and you can taste the difference. You can also include desserts to that. Everything from the key lime pie to the marquesa de almendra (a combination of ladyfingers, almonds and plenty of butter) is prepared fresh every day.
Q: Can you share some of your signature dishes?
A: “I have a pasta sauce named after my aunt Nicholetta which combines eggplant and pumpkin which is a hit. Also, our tortellinis are completely handmade and stuffed right here.”
Q: What impact do you wish to have on the community?
A: “For people to eat like at home, but outside. That’s what I wish to accomplish with Chez Enzo.”
A version of this article was published in MyCityEats.
Chez Enzo is located at 5900 SW 73rd St, Suite 103 in South Miami.