To me, "Italian Food" means American-Italian-red sauce-old school-mafia-Frank Sinatra-spaghetti and meatballs type fare, not the "Italy-Italian" food that has become more prominent as I get older. I live part of the year in South Beach and this is my favorite restaurant almost anywhere but every time I leave I can't believe how expensive it is. I don't mind paying top dollar but my only beef with this restaurant is the prices aren't listed anywhere. No menu. Very good service. The wait staff verbally give you the menu without prices. (You may not even know that it is cheaper to get Chianti by the glass than buy one of the expensive bottles of wine on the menu…there is almost no affordable wines by the bottle). Now that my complaints are over I can tell you the rest of the place is awesome.
The service is great. The owner obviously comes from an Italian American grandma gave me these awesome recipes and he is true to them. Meatballs are as good as anywhere. Shrimp Sinatra is delicious (don't get it if you don't like spicy). Salads delicious. Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomato appetizer was delicious (but 21 dollars for it!!!) Side of Marinara with my entree (extra 6 dollars!)
The tray of pasta with various entrees (truly all are amazing)…..Lobster tail in nice pieces with pasta, peas and marinara…..Sausage and Peppers…..home made ravioli…..baked rigatoni with Chicken Parmesan……what you can be guaranteed of is that every dish is time and true tested and very tasty.
The only surprise of the meal is at the end when the prices are finally revealed. This is a place you can go to if someone else is paying. But to be a regular at this place means going several times and trying to figure out how not to spend 100.00 per person before tip.
I will be back when my craving for marinara, meatball and spice returns and when I can afford to eat there again…...
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