The next time you’re suddenly struck by the urge to dig in to some scrumptious Italian fare, hit up these can’t-miss Italian eateries in Coral Gables.
1. Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel
If you’re looking for the perfect date night, look no further than Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel. It’s menu focuses on refined and sophisticated Italian offerings, and it’s Mediterranean revival style setting is molto romantic.
May we suggest: Calamari Ripieni, stuffed with spinach and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce; Gnocchi di Patate e Ricotta, with handmade potato & ricotta gnocchi, wild mushrooms, smoked ham, saffron, and parmesan fondue.
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables
2. Caffe Abbracci
Owned by Venetian restauranteur Nino Pernetti, Caffe Abbraccio has earned both the Dirona and Mobil Awards for its upscale healthy and light northern Italian specialties.
May we suggest: Eggplant Rolatini, with filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, topped with a zesty marinara sauce; Black Lobster Ravioli, with Maine lobster, light Cognac lobster sauce; Berries with Marsala Zabajon, served in a Grand Marnier liqueur, almonds, caramelized sugar basket.
318 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Originally opened in 1985 as a pasta shop, Bugatti (formerly known as La Romagnola) specializes in homemade pasta and authentic italian fare. The name itself means The Art of Pasta. Carb-loaders, rejoice!
May we suggest: Bugatti Pizza, with pesto, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, hearts of artichoke, fresh bell peppers, onions, parmesan, and oregano; Spaghetti al Cartoccio, with clams and fresh tomato, garlicky white wine sauce, wrapped in parchment paper and baked.
2504 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables
4. Portobello Restaurant
If your go-to atmosphere is warm, cozy, and romantic, Portebello Restaurant is just the place you want to be. Intimate and homey, this quaint little gem highlights Mediterranean flavors, tapas, and wines.
May we suggest: Carpaccio & Bruschetta, with thinly sliced beef tenderloin, lemon juice, arugula, and celery, drizzled with truffle oil then topped with tomato bruschetta and shaved parmesan cheese; Taglionlini Aragosta, served with two marinated maine lobster tails grilled and tagliolini pasta tossed in tomato basil cream sauce.
2841 Coral Way, Miami
5. Fratellino Ristorante
Located on Miracle Mile, Fratellino Ristorante specializes in one thing: good old fashioned Italian comfort food served in an intimate environment.
May we suggest: Pasta e Fagioli soup; Agnolotti di Pera, filled with ricotta cheese and pears served with a light cream sauce with figs; Grandma’s Ale famous tiramisu.
264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables