By Diana Rodriguez

Italians have more fun, even more than blondes. At least we think so after spending an evening with them on their first annual tour through downtown’s best Italian spots. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast hosted the group, highlighting restaurants with menus that showcase authentic Italian cuisines.
It was an evening of carb-loading. Our first stop was at Toscana Divino for authentic Italian right in the center of Mary Brickell Village. The bubbly was passed along with sliced meats and a fresh burrata salad. Our favorite bite was the creamy risotto in truffle oil.

We mingled through the group and may have had a glass or two of their house white wine. After a few words from our guide, we walked a few blocks down to Stanzione 87 for some Neapolitan style pizza. They read our minds because the red wine was waiting for us as we walked in. Stanzione keeps their ingredients simple and traditional. Their margherita pizza warmed our hearts and filled the room with an incredible scent of Italy.

Maybe it was the wine, or the Miami heat, but we were so grateful to see a fully air-conditioned bus waiting outside for us to get to the next stop. We rode to Farfalle in fine Italian style. The team at Farfalle is passionate about their pasta. And we enjoyed every last bite of the butterfly pasta in the light pesto sauce.

The final stop on the Italian Culinary Tour was at Fratelli Milano for a delicious spread of house made desserts. Our plates were presented with a variety from tiramisu, fruit tart, and a chocolate puff pastry. Paired with a dessert wine, this special treat was too good to pass. It really was a taste of their Italian home.