#Trending: What's heating up Miami's food scene this month

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending today?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are extra hot, right now.

Di Pompei

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Open since summer of 2018, this cocktail bar and Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.

Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 3.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Di Pompei saw a notable 109.1 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a 3.5-star rating a month ago to three stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Di Pompei's review count increased by more than 600 percent.

It's not the only trending outlier in the cocktail bar category: The Citadel has seen a 128.6 percent increase in reviews, and Barter Wynwood has seen an 80 percent bump.

Located at 626 S. Miami Ave. in Brickell, Di Pompei offers a selection of 32 brews in its beer garden alongside Italian-inspired cocktails from the tiki bar. A variety of pizzas made with fresh ingredients in a lava-stone oven are also on offer. 

PEZ

photo: PEZ/yelp

Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about downtown Miami's PEZ, the cocktail bar and Mexican spot, which offers seafood and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, PEZ bagged a 35.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating.

Open at 20 W. Flagler St. since December, PEZ offers Tijuana-style Mexican seafood like the charcoal-grilled octopus tacos, ceviche tostadas and black mussels in a chorizo. Mezcal cocktails, Mexican vintage wines and desserts like chocolate custard with graham crackers are also on the menu

Amor di Pasta

Photo: AMOR DI PASTA/Yelp

Amor di Pasta is also making waves. Open since May at 2320 N.E. Second Ave., the popular Italian spot has seen a 27.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 6 percent for all businesses tagged "Italian" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Amor di Pasta's review count increased by more than 190 percent.

Amor di Pasta offers focaccia breads, pizzas and handmade pasta. Notable menu items include the vodka pappardelle with bacon, mushrooms and tomato sauce; chicken marsala with mixed vegetables; and margherita and spicy salami pizza. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

Amara at Paraiso

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Amara at Paraiso is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.

The bar and Latin American and New American spot, which opened at 3101 N.E. Seventh Ave. on January 2018, increased its new review count by 9.3 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.5 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)."

Amara at Paraiso offers tuna tartare, short rib empanadas and crispy octopus with smoked paprika aioli. (View the full menu here.)


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