Sofia Vergara & Joe Manganiello Eat and Drink Their Way Through Miami

07/28/2014 at 05:11 PM ET

Sofia Vergara, Mariana Vergara, Joe Manganiello
Courtesy Mariana Vergara on Instagram

The temperature wasn’t the hottest thing in Miami this past weekend!

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello hit the town with Vergara’s family for a food- (and PDA-) filled weekend.

After landing in Miami on Thursday, the new couple began their food tour right away. Their first stop: Cecconi’s Miami Beach, where they ate with Vergara’s parents, sharing the restaurant’s meatballs and the octopus, served with lemon capers, celery and olives.

The following day, the lovebirds only had eyes for each other when they stepped out for a romantic lunch at Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District. “They couldn’t keep their hands off of each other,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Friday night, Vergara and Manganiello hit Seasalt and Pepper on the Miami River, where they joined a group of friends in the courtyard and dined on more octopus (this time marinated in olive oil, lemon and parsley), plus albacore tuna salad with lavender dressing and Osetra caviar, shrimp-stuffed Vidalia onions, and turbot with black truffle risotto. To drink? A bottle of Moët Ice.

After picking up the check around 1 a.m. and leaving a generous tip, Vergara posed for a photo with Seasalt’s chef, Alfredo Alvarez, and thanked him for a lovely meal, a source tells PEOPLE.

Sofia Vergara and Chef Alfredo Alvarez
Tim Tierney for Seasalt and Pepper

On Saturday night, the entire Vergara family partied at LIV Night Club in the Fontainebleau Hotel, arriving at about 1:30am and dancing until about 3:30. Manganiello and Vergara “were very affectionate, held hands, and enjoyed dancing with one another. They didn’t take their eyes off each other the entire night,” according to a source.

The happy Vergara clan captured plenty of moments on Instagram:

We can only imagine the epic breakfast everyone at the party required on Sunday morning.

Below, chefs from Cecconi’s and Seasalt and Pepper share recipes for the meatballs — a signature recipe garnished with parsley and Parmesan — and the octopus, which is grilled until it has a light, perfect crust. We can’t promise the dishes will be as satisfying as gazing at photos of Vergara and Manganiello, but they’re close.


Cecconi's Meatballs
Courtesy Cecconi’s Miami Beach

Cecconi’s Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Makes 4 servings

1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
2 oz. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
4 oz. bread soaked with milk, and squeezed
1 lemon, zested
1 egg
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch nutmeg
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. chopped rosemary
1 tsp. chopped thyme
1 tsp. chopped sage
Flour for dusting
Splash of white wine
Marinara sauce, to taste
Parsley, for garnish

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine first 13 ingredients and mix well. Once mixed, roll into individual balls and coat each in flour.

2. In a pot filled with hot canola oil, fry meatballs, then dry on a paper towel. In a shallow pan over medium heat, combine fried meatballs and white wine. Cook until white wine has reduced.

3. Add marinara to the pan and cook covered over medium heat for about 35 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley and more Parmesan cheese.

Octopus La Plancha
Courtesy Seasalt and Pepper

Octopus La Plancha
Makes 4 servings

3 lbs. octopus
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
2 tbsp. lemon zest
Salt & pepper for seasoning

1. In a large pot, boil octopus for 90 minutes. While octopus is boiling, combine olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and lemon zest in a bowl.

2. Cut octopus in 1-inch pieces and combine with marinade. Marinate for at least 5 hours.

3. Once octopus is done marinating, grill for about 5 minutes until a light crust forms. Serve garnished with additional marinade, parsley, salt and pepper.

—Kristin Appenbrink, with additional reporting by Linda Marx

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Shelley on

I’d love to snuggle up to him too. Lucky broad!

casmia on

Hot couple… hope they last. Love those two!!

maya on

I love these two together, but do we really need to see their every move (especially when it’s the same event)??? Get a grip, PEOPLE, let them have some time to enjoy each other w/out you blabbing their every step.

seli on


gina on

Poor dead animals, giving their lives for these sybarites. Pigs and octopuses, in particular: sentient animals!!!! Might as well kill and eat your neighbor’s toddler.

Fedlady on

I love them both….great match!!

Lizzy on

I know that is the femine movment and all , but in my case i dont like to pay for the tap when the bill comes , ok she makes more money than him , and that has been my case but when you are in the same buz. Not way that iam picking up the tap , ok that she tag along her antourage and she make it difficult to any guy to have to pay for her and the family . But in my book is a big no no , money or not i am a lady and i better be treated as such. Unless is his bday and or I offer to pay before . But if pay that is it , even if i can pay . I dont like that the article mention how she was the one who pay, sexy or not that make Joe as a cheap guy, and her as a cougar buying afection .

guest on

@Lizzy, grow up. After I was able to comprehend your comment due to all of the errors, I can see that you are a spoiled brat. It doesn’t say she pays every time. She had her family with her so she paid. That makes total sense.

Kww on

Lucky girl. They look good together.

Lizzy on

Guess you can do all the grow up yourself , i am already very well grown , mistake or not and si vous voulez critiquer mes fautes d’orthographie, tan pis je m’en fous . She paid , it emasculate him , unless he is a vividor and like the ladies to pay . I have my own money but no way i am picking up the tap , this is the second time i hear thzt she paid , a lady she should be treated like a lady , ok

Janet on

They both look so happy together! Wish them the best.

MungoJerrySeinfeld on

Imagine the brainpower there. Harness that and…

Megan on

Wow, this woman seriously forgot super fast her ex fiance…

Vig on

Great pictures, they looked having great time in Miami.

Brenda on

A source = either the publicist for the restaurant or the actors’ publicists. You can hear the cash register ringing in every paragraph.

Ann on

That will get old for him having her whole family with her every time they go eat or want to spend quality time with just her alone on a trip. But then again he probably does not mind since he does not have to pay. I bet that’s why the other guy argued with her because her family was always around from what I see everywhere even on red carpets. she is always with her whole family partying somewhere.

GM on

hot couple alert!

Anonymous on

This couple sizzles.

Guest on

They’re a good match.

bella on

God…..what beautiful people. SMH Can you imagine how gorgeous thier kids would be? Whew!

They look so stinkin’ cute together, I love it! Who cares who pays the tab? maybe she lost a bet….maybe she insisted…..maybe it was her Dads credit card! My point is, we dont have all the facts and shouldnt judge. It doesnt mean hes cheap, shes a cougar or shes not a lady. REAL women can pick up the tab and be comfortable with it.
Wishing them the absolute BEST!!!

Monica on

@Lizzy, please learn how to write before you decide to post on a public forum/page. First off, it’s pick up the TAB, not tap….” OK”??? Second, your way of thinking is very antiquated (if you dont know what that means, please do yourself a favor a buy a dictionary, or do you expect a man to pay for that as well?). Just because a woman decides to pay doesnt make her any less of a woman, on the contray, it speaks volumes of her. At the end of the day, we do not know what really happens behind closed doors and we don’t know what he buys her/pays for…. I think they are GREAT together, rooting for them!!!

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Her voice and eyebrows…I can’t take it!

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