This is just the place you would bring your parcero that orders a Calentado for lunch and then comes back for Fiocchi pasta dinner.

By: Diana Rodriguez

Name of Restaurant: OCIO
Location: Coral Gables
Address: 2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd #2, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Meal type: Lunch and Dinner
Hours: Open daily for lunch 11:30AM – 3PM, dinner 6PM-9PM, Friday and Saturday until 10PM
Cuisine: Italian and Colombian Fusion

Ambiance: Casual chic

Background music: A little of Barcelona Nights mixed in with Afro Cuban Jazz

What to wear: Dress up for date night or dress down when meeting a friend for a bite. Yoga pants welcome.

What to expect: The simple cohesiveness of it all proves that someone put some thought into the décor. Some natural tones work well with the gold accents and you are instantly drawn in. Recently opened, OCIO is just a few blocks away from Miracle Mile. Get your smartphones ready because you will be snapping a few pics here.

The Menu: Keeping with the theme from their first location in Doral, OCIO’s menu is a work of art. Each page is designed with unique fonts and art clippings. Their menu is varied with Colombian dishes like the Sancocho de Res (soup with vegetables and beef ribs), to seafood, pastas, and daily specials. OCIO also has a secret weapon in the kitchen making some incredible Italian dishes like the Spaghetti Pomodoro with roasted garlic, basil and homemade fresh tomato sauce.

What to order: We’ve been to OCIO in Doral, and now we’ve tried their new Latin dishes in Coral Gables. Here is exactly what we recommend you order.

Lobster Ravioli: This ravioli is stuffed with lobster and topped with a chardonnay cream sauce. It is a portion enough for one, and you can still order dessert. The warmth of flavors in this dish brings it all together.

Bandeja Paisa: OCIO has combined two cuisines in the most flattering way. Of course, we can’t forget about our paisa. This platter is prepared with char grilled certified Angus beef, white rice, beans, pork rinds, white corn tortilla, fried egg and sweet plantains. The beef was seasoned perfectly and the egg yolk broke easily over the white rice. We couldn’t help but bite off chunks of the meaty pork rinds between bites of the rest.

 

Off the menu: Some days their daily soup runs out, but beg them for the Sancocho and they may just bring it out anyway. Their executive lunch menu can also include Italian variations and changes weekly.

How to score a table: Lunch is definitely their busiest time. Some weeknights are less busy, so just walk in or make a reservation if you’d like.