With a contemporary yet comfortable design overseen by Greenberg, 1500 encompasses 10,000-square-feet of indoor/outdoor dining space, including an intimate eat-in bar perfect for Miami’s cocktail set. A butcher block table will take center stage, laden with the fresh fruit and vegetables that diners find on the menu; above it a blackboard will host the day’s chalk-written specials and fresh deliveries. Newly outfitted in translucent canvas lamp shades, the space’s six original chandeliers now cast delicate tree-like shadows on the covering fabric, emitting a warm, ambient glow throughout the room. Further lending to the farm-to-table setting, atop a partition between sections of the dining room, vintage metal milk cans, rather than vases, hold gorgeous sprays of colorful flowers and greens. Two private dining areas sit off the main dining room; the smaller of which seats 10 and houses a private terrace, while the other, seating 12, features full audio-visual capabilities and an up-close and personal view of the kitchen through soundproof glass.
A native of Brazil, Paula DaSilva is a dedicated restaurant professional who has called America home for more than 20 years. From her early days in Massachusetts, peeling garlic and cleaning vegetables in her family’s Brazilian restaurant, DaSilva was hooked on cooking. After moving to South Florida, her parents opened two restaurants, for which DaSilva assisted working in all aspects of operations, though her favorite moments were spent in the kitchen. Following high school, DaSilva attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she earned an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and landed a job at the nearby Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. For two years she rotated through the kitchen, fine-tuning her skills at all stations. In 2000, talented chef and author Dean James Max opened 3030 Ocean, the hotel’s modern American seafood restaurant, and selected DaSilva as his Chef de Cuisine. Under Max’s tutelage, DaSilva secured a reputation as one of South Florida’s rising star culinary talents and helped 3030 Ocean evolve into one of the region’s most well-respected dining destinations. In addition to her appearance on Season Five of “Hell’s Kitchen,” DaSilva is a local media darling. She was called one of the “Top 40 under 40” by Gold Coast magazine and named “Best Celebrity Chef” by Broward/Palm Beach New Times.