Many people lost their jobs during the lockdown, but some folks, such as Pablo Zitzmann, managed to breathe new life into their careers. While stuck at home, the chef of the acclaimed and now-defunct restaurant No Name Chinese launched Zitz Sum, an Instagram dim sum business offering delectable hand-rolled dumplings and scratch-made Chinese for limited delivery. We were big fans, but it’s his second pivot we’re really excited about. On Tuesday, May 4, Zitzmann finally opens the doors to his long-anticipated brick-and-mortar in Coral Gables.
The new Zitz Sum offers everything we loved about the IG pop-up but with walls and chairs and the lovely hospitality we missed from our days of ordering delivery. The new temporary spot (currently popping up for a year) is a sprawling 2,000 square feet with indoor and outdoor dining. It sits in the lobby of a Coral Gables office building so expect it to be grand but also inviting, especially the courtyard seating. With more room—and a commercial kitchen—comes the freedom to try new versions of classic Asian dishes. Zitzmann, who’s of German-Mexican heritage, lets his creativity run free with unexpected pairings like charred cabbage with habanero butter and aged parmesan and chicken pot stickers with Oaxacan salsa macha. There’s also the okonomiyaki-style fried rice loaded with veggies and a grilled pork chop with Thai dressing and a side of malanga that’s absolute comfort food.
Zitz Sum (396 Alhambra Circle, Suite 155, Coral Gables; www.zitzsum.com) opens for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm and happy hour is available daily from 5pm to 7pm, which means its selection of stellar biodynamic wines are all 50-percent off. Sure, the hours are limited but nothing beats the heartbreak of finding out you’re out of Zitz Sum delivery range. Fortunately, we can all come to you now.