The 2021 Miami Spice Italian Guide

Where to get pasta, meatballs & more on a budget

Aug
26
2021
PHOTO CREDIT FIOLA
BY SARAH DUNN

Hungries, we are officially halfway through Miami Spice! By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to try some of the eateries highlighted in our guides. If you are seeking inspiration for September, may we suggest one of these six Italian restaurants for your next outing? Call us detail-oriented! We’ve gone through all of the Miami Spice menus for the ultimate value and variety for our readers, so you can savor all the pasta, meatballs, and tiramisu that you may crave. Buon appetito!

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1. CASA ISOLA OSTERIA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1418 20th St
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

Casa Isola is a new addition to Sunset Harbour, in the Pubbelly space. Chef Jose Mendin opened the osteria in February 2021 with Brooklyn-born chef Santo Agnello, who spent over seven years at Lucali. We’ve been enjoying their daily happy hour (half off drinks and $10 “bites” from 5-7 daily), but we’re equally excited that Casa Isola is participating in Miami Spice.

The Spice menu has three appetizer options: Isola AranciniPolenta Ai Funghi, and Polpo a la Griglia (Octopus). We recommend the Polenta, a generous portion of creamy deliciousness topped with wild mushroom fricassee and marsala jus. Entrees include three pastas, the Branzino Acqua Pazza, and Veal Chop Parmigiana (for an additional $30). Choosing between three pasta dishes is a problem we’re happy to have, and we love the Rigatoni alla Vodka: mezze maniche (mini rigatonis) coated in a pink vodka sauce with a hint of spice from Calabrian chiles. The featured dessert changes daily.

2. SCARPETTA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort, 4441 Collins Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Tuesday & Friday to Sunday
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Miami Spice season isn’t complete without a trip to the Fontainebleau Hotel, where all restaurants are participating in the program. A perennial favorite is Scarpetta, an upscale AAA Four Diamond award winner from Chef Scott Conant. While we usually go for their famous Spaghetti, we are looking forward to trying one of their more “luxe” pasta offerings, which are part of their Spice menu this year.

Start your meal with the Arugula SaladBurrataMediterranean Octopus, or Sicilian Ceviche. For the main course, there are two kinds of pasta, two fish dishes, and a Chicken Breast. The Lobster Tagliatelle and Duck & Foie Gras Ravioli are an excellent value for Spice. Dessert is Tiramisu or a Tropical Panna Cotta.

3. TOSCANA DIVINO


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 900 S Miami Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday to Friday & Sunday and Dinner Monday to Sunday
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View menu: HERE 

In a neighborhood that is unrecognizable from nine years ago, Toscano Divino has been a beloved mainstay in the heart of Mary Brickell Village since it opened in 2012. They specialize in Tuscan cuisine and have an extensive wine collection.

The Miami Spice menu has something for everyone. Starters include a Smoked SalmonGreen Bean SaladVitello TonnatoBurrata Caprese, and Tuna Tartare (for an extra $5). For the main course, diners can select from two pasta dishes, the catch of the day, Pollo alla Cacciatora, Branzino ($10 supplement), or Filet Mignon (add $15). The Spice menu includes four dessert options: Fruit SorbetTiramisuHomemade Gelato, and Pistachio Cake ($5 supplement).

 

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4. NIDO CAFFE ITALIAN RESTAURANT


Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami Spice availability: Lunch & Dinner Monday to Sunday
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NiDo is an authentic Italian restaurant at 72nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, in the MiMo neighborhood. Their menu is diverse and we love their outdoor terrace (and hassle-free parking!).

The Spice menu is a carefully curated sampling of their extensive regular menu, with seven appetizers and nine entrees. For appetizers, you can choose amongst three salads and the BurrataSalmon Carpaccio, a mozzarella-stuffed Meatball, and the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare. Main dishes include six pastas as well as Fileto Di Manzo (beef filet), Branzino, and Chicken Marsala. Diners can have Tiramisu or drink Limoncello for dessert.

 

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5. FIOLA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 1500 San Ignacio Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Friday & Dinner Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

Fiola’s original location in Washington, DC earned a Michelin star. 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.

Fiola’s Miami Spice appetizer selection is diverse: Baby Kale Salad, Wild Yellowfin Tuna alla Puttanesca, Mussels, Strawberry Gazpacho, and Foie Gras Crema Catalana. Entree selections consist of a Wagyu Short Rib with whey polenta, a Yellowtail Snapper with clams, Malfalde Verde (green pasta) with pork ragu, Grilled Broccolini, and a Saffron Risotto. For dessert, indulge in the Macedonia di Fruta, the Key Lime CheesecakeChocolate Terrine, a Cookie Platter, or the Fiola Cannoli filled with orange ricotta and drizzled with pistachio caramel.

 

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6. NAVÉ


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hwy
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Tuesday to Sunday
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In November 2019 the chefs from Ariete and Proof, Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, opened a casually elegant seafood-centric Italian restaurant in Coconut Grove (next to Ariete). The menu is a blend of the two chefs’ styles, with a focus on Italian and Mediterranean flavors. The Spice menu includes several seafood dishes (without any hidden upcharges).

To begin your meal, you can choose from Miami Clams, Summer Flounder Crudo, or a Melon Salad. Main courses include a Snapper MilaneseSwordfish, and Porchetta (pork roast). End your meal on a sweet note with the Banana and Toffee Bread Pudding or Bay Leaf Panna Cotta.

 

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