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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Chispa Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: Chispa translates to spark, the sort that resides in the heart and makes us passionate. This is a large, cozy, New World dining establishment, and focuses on the amorous realms of contemporary Latin cuisine, as conceived by executive chef Adam Votaw. (Founding chef Robbin Haas remains a partner but is no longer involved with day-to-day kitchen duties.) Alas, there's more smoke than fire to the food here, but an ebullient bar scene and thoughtfully chosen wine list do much to recompense. Skip the croquetas, fritas, empanadas and any other gussied-up street foods---you can find these cheaper, and better, at Miami's numerous Latin cafeterias. Start instead with smooth and pungent cava fondue with crisp root vegetables, or miniature shanks of baby osso buco, a pleasure for both its easily tackled portion size as well as its texture. If you're the type who relishes gargantuan main courses, try whole roasted snapper or young suckling pig---both served family-style and among Chispa's best offerings. Desserts such as tres leches cake with mascarpone and coconut cream, and birthday cake with rum-pineapple ice cream, will most likely spark conversations with your dietician and dentist.