The 2022 Miami Spice Italian Guide

Pasta, meatballs, and all the tiramisu for a great price

Aug
25
2022

Here is our 2022 Miami Spice Italian guide. 

If you are seeking inspiration for the remainder of Miami Spice, may we suggest one of these Italian restaurants for your next outing?! We’ve scrolled through and studied countless Miami Spice menus for the ultimate value and variety for our readers. Get ready to savor all the pasta, meatballs, and tiramisu. This list covers several Miami neighborhoods and cuisine from all over Italy. Saluti!

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PATIO ISOLA


Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Friday and Sunday; Dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday.
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An intimate and informal night out with pizza and pasta is what we most love. Chefs Santo Agnello and Jose Mendin have recently opened a second Casa Isola concept in the former La Placita space. They’ve changed the name to Patio Isola and added additional antipasti, sandwiches, pasta, specialty plates, and a roster of pizzas.

This location has a lovely patio and generous offerings on their Miami Spice dinner ($45) menus. Stop by for their Cheesy Garlic Bone Marrow served with housemade focaccia; the best Rigatoni alla Vodka in Miami; and a refreshing Coconut Lime Panna Cotta with a lemoncello granita.

STRADA IN THE GROVE


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3176 Commodore Plaza
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Sunday to Friday and Dinner Sunday to Thursday.
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Strada in the Grove has been a longtime favorite since 2013. It was envisioned as an Italian “enoteca”, or high end wine store, paired with Northern Italian cuisine. This cozy spot is always a good idea for a date, to catch up with friends, or to simply enjoy some wine and cheese at the bar.

For lunch, start with the Insalata Farro e Caprino (salad with farro, asparagus and goat cheese), Polpette (meatballs), or Crostini Classico (bruschetta). The entree options are Tagliolini al PomodoriniSalmone al Ginger, and Paillard di Pollo. Dessert is TiramisuBerries and Cream, or Cannoli.

Dinner appetizers include the BurrataCozze Pepate (Black Mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce), and Salmon Tartare. For the main course, choose from the Rigatoni All’AmatricianaBranzino alla GrigliaRisotto Quatro Formagio al Tartufo (Four cheese risotto with shaved black truffles), and Scaloppine di Vitello al Funghi (veal scaloppini). For dessert, try the Panna CottaCreme Brulee, or Vanilla Cheesecake.

ZUCCA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 162 Alcazar Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch every day and Dinner Sunday to Thursday.
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Zucca, in the Hotel St. Michel in Coral Gables, is a modern and stylish restaurant serving artisanal and authentic Italian cuisine. The menu highlights seafood dishes with Sardinian influences and beef and meat dishes from the Tuscan region. They’re also well known for their cocktail and wine program, with over 2,000 bottles of Italian wine.

Every day during Miami Spice, Zucca is offering the $28 lunch menu with four appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. For the first course, you can select amongst the Soup of the Day, the daily Fish CrudoBurrata with a nectarine and tomato gazpacho, and a Crab Tartar with grapefruit and avocado. Entrees include the Orecchiette with broccoli rabe, Flounder in a piccata sauce with shrimp, and Beef Medallions. Indulge your sweet tooth with the Chocolate Tart with ricotta and passion fruit or Pecorino Cheese with honey.

The dinner menu has something for everyone, ranging from zucchini flowers to sea bream, with plenty of pasta in between. The appetizers are: Wagyu Beef CarpaccioZucchini Flowers stuffed with salt cod in the Venetian style and Soft Shell Crab over organic black rice. For your main course, you can enjoy the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe with pistachio and trout caviar, Grilled Sea Bream Fillet, or the Braised Beef Tenderloin Medallions over saffron risotto. Dessert is your choice of Tiramisu or the Gelato of the day.

 

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FIOLA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 1500 San Ignacio Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Friday, Dinner every day, and Sunday Brunch.
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The Miami location lives up to Fiola’s reputation with a gorgeous interior, sleek bar, and expansive wine cellar. The food is unforgettable, which makes Fiola a must-have on your Italian Miami Spice list. We love that there are no hidden supplemental charges on any of their Spice menus!

The Sunday Brunch Spice menu is a great value at $28. Just like lunch and dinner, there are three courses with plenty of options. Starters include an Heirloom Tomato – Ricotta BruschettaCobia CevichePeach Caprese Salad, and Pepper Crusted Beef Carpaccio. The Brunch main course dishes are generous: Prime Delmonico Steak with Pancetta and Eggs, Spahettoni Aglio e OlioCage Free Eggs with Italian sausage and Parmigiano Reggiano, Roman Shell Carbonara with pancetta and cured egg, and Cauliflower Steak. For dessert, indulge in the Banana Cake with vanilla gelato, Mango Danish, or Coffee Mousse.

The Miami Spice lunch menu is also a bargain at $28. The first course selections are the Pepper Crusted Beef CarpaccioCobia CevicheRicotta Peach Bruschetta, and Panzanella Salad. For your main dish, choose from the following: 7oz Prime Delmonico SteakAquanaria Grilled BranzinoRadiatori Cacio e PepeSpaghettoni Aglio e Olio, and Cauliflower Steak. Dessert is your choice of Mascarpone Tart with raspberry gelee and sorbet, Coffee Mousse with espresso granita, and the Coconut Parfait with coconut almond crumble.

Fiola’s Miami Spice dinner appetizer selection is diverse: Colors of the Garden (salad with goat cheese and avocado), Burrata, Hamachi Crudo, a Zucchini-Arugula Salad, and Bison Steak Tartare.  We love a tartare, but this one is truly special with tender Bison meat and a decadent Lake Meadow egg. The dish is elevated with maitake mushrooms and a rich Parmigiano crema. Entree selections consist of the Eggplant ParmigianaFusilloni al PestoAquanaria Branzino alla PuttanescaWhole Wheat Rigatoni with ragu bolognese, Braised Berkshire Pork Shoulder, and Grilled Wood Oven Delmonico steak. The dessert options are the same as the lunch menu, with the addition of the Mango Pavlova with passion fruit sorbet.

 

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TOSCANA DIVINO


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 900 S Miami Ave Space 185
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday to Friday and Dinner every day.
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In a neighborhood that is unrecognizable from ten years ago, Toscana Divino has been a beloved mainstay in the heart of Mary Brickell Village since it opened in 2012. They specialize in Tuscan cuisine and technique and have an extensive wine collection.

For the Brickell lunch crowd, the Spice menu is a good deal (and has no supplemental charges). Appetizers include two salads, the soup of the day, the Salmon Tartare, and the Beef Carpaccio. There are five entrees on the lunch menu: two pastas, Chicken CacciatoraGrilled Salmon, and Porchetta with roasted potatoes. Conclude your lunch with either Fruit Sorbet or the daily Gelato selection.

The Miami Spice dinner menu has something for everyone, with a variety of choices included. Starters include a Smoked SalmonBeet Salad, and Beef Tartare. For the main course, diners can select from the Mediterranean BranzinoPrime Rib Eye ($15 supplement), or the Tagliatelle with garlic and parsley puree. The Spice menu includes two dessert options: Tiramisu and Italian Summer featuring fresh and frozen grapefruit, Campari, and fennel blossom.

OSTERIA MORINI


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:1750 Alton Rd
Miami Spice availability: Lunch and Dinner Monday to Friday.
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Highlighting the soulful cuisine of the Northern Emilia-Romagna region, Osteria Morini is serving a menu including housemade pastas, seasonal ingredients, and local catch to enjoy this Miami Spice season.

We recommend sitting near a windo where you have waterviews. Order the polipo, seared octopus with charred broccoli rabe, pepperonata, and agrodolce; as well as the corn agnolotti with beech mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto di Parma. Finish off your meal with a traditional tiramisu.

NAVÉ


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hwy
Miami Spice availability: Dinner everyday and Sunday Brunch.
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Navé, an Italian and seafood-driven concept by Chef Michael Beltran, is one of our favorite spots for dinner in the Grove. We could be here for hours sipping on wine and enjoying seafood-centric dishes.

During Miami Spice, we reccommend the broiled Miami clams with medianoche butter and melted gruyere cheese. And as a main, we’d go for the duck ragu creste di gallo pasta with caramelized radicchio, foie gras mousse, and Grana Padano cheese; or the snapper milanese with tomato compote, arugula, and olive tapenade. For dessert, there’s one option, and lucky for you, it’s a pavlova with passionfruit curd, raspberry, and whipped cream fraiche.

BY: SARAH DUNN
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THE 2022 MIAMI SPICE ITALIAN GUIDE
THE 2022 MIAMI SPICE ITALIAN GUIDE
THE 2022 MIAMI SPICE ITALIAN GUIDE