Traditional Italian, contemporary feel at this spot west of the airport

Ocio brings an upscale feel to a quiet part of east Doral

The who: Ocio, which in Spanish translates to leisure, is an Italian eatery from owner Carlos Pieschacon now open in Doral.

The space: Nestled in a strip mall in the outskirts of the Miami International Airport is this comfortable spot, nicely outfitted in gray upholstered couches, driftwood tables and striking murals. “Bird’s nest” lamps, plus nature-themed artwork and porcelain deer heads on the walls give it a contemporary feel.

The dishes: Regional Italian. Prices are moderate with starters $14-$16, pastas $14-$20 and mains $28-$32.

Antipasti get things started with charcuterie platters, fried mozzarella and octopus carpaccio.

Pastas are homemade and include a lobster ravioli, four-cheese fiocchi in a pear and amaretto sauce, and a risotto with shrimp. 

Mains cover steaks and seafood with lamb chops, chicken done in either Francaise or Marsala sauce, fresh fish of the day, Beef Lasagna layered with bolognese, bechemal, mozarella and provolone cheese and basil, and a hearty Ossobucco Di Vitteo which is a slow-braised veal shank with vegetables and white wine served over fettuccine.

Desserts include — of course — a Tiramisu but this one is doused in blueberry sauce. A Nutella-stuffed crepe and guava tart round out the sweets. 

Bottom Line: A neighborhood-friendly Italian spot in a sophisticated setting.