Gusto Bistro's owners and pastry chef hail from Paris, and they incorporate regional French influences from Provence and Brittany into their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dishes are served "in a setting that's less about 'dinner' and more about sitting around shooting the breeze with your mouth really full" according to Thrillist. To jumpstart conversations, the bartenders pour glasses of wine from a list that emphasizes Italian regions and varietals and includes a collection of French and New World bottles. In the kitchen, chefs artfully decorate small plates with arrangements of seasonal fruits and vegetables, French cheeses, or beef carpaccio. Pastry chef Manuel Bengochea brings meals to a sweet finish with a wide variety of homemade French desserts.
Around the dining room, brushed-nickel lamps and black-and-white-tiled floors create a sleek, modern look, while lime-green drapes and a kaleidoscopic assortment of cushions add splashes of color. Large, decorative wine labels hang above the bottle-lined shelves, warning diners about the walls' sulfite content.
Cuisine Type: Italian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Pizza
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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Customers may dine with their pets in our outdoor seating area.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We use only the finest ingredients. Our dough and sauces are all homemade and never frozen.
At Gina's Pizza Italian Ristorante, customers can find their favorite Italian-American staples—meatball parm subs, stuffed shells, and New York–style pizza, to name a few. But they can also walk on the wild side with specialty pies topped in everything from chicken cordon bleu to steak and cheese. Open 24/7, Gino's is a short trip from the beach, allowing diners to load up on mozzarella sticks that they can later use as bait.
In addition to saying AltaMare has “the freshest fish in town,” South Beach Magazine, praised owner Claudio Gordano for creating a “menu that showcases the best catches from local fishing boats intermingled with classic Italian dishes.” Diners can watch every step of the preparation process, thanks to the restaurant’s open kitchen, where chefs batter local yellow-eye snapper and blanket it with cucumber crème fraîche, or lightly sear wahoo before plating it with baby artichokes and arugula.
Not to be outdone by the entrees, many of the desserts are creative takes on classic dishes: a “ceviche” swaps seafood for a mélange of tropical fruits swimming in citrus dressing, and the deconstructed tiramisu combines mascarpone mousse, ladyfingers, and shots of espresso and Bailey’s.
Panizza Bistro woos patrons by serving up warming breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tapas in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Enter cozy confines influenced by Italy, Spain, and Argentina to send your taste buds on a sensory and passport-free excursion. Sample rise-and-shineables such as the ham, cheese, and egg croissant (small $4.90, large $7.40) for a cheerful wake up that's less disturbing than being tickled by a rooster. Daytime diners can nosh on light tapas such as the roasted red pepper and feta cheese crostini ($6.90), or sink their teeth into hearty mouthfuls of Argentine lomito sandwiches filled with grilled steak, ham, cheese, and eggs ($8.99). Continue snacking South American–style with flavorful empanadas ($2), or take a pleasantly dry paddle across the pond with Italian fare including pizzas and pastas. Carnivorous diners can sample Mediterranean-inspired meaty plates such as grilled steak sautéed in gorgonzola sauce and crowned with a tempting toupee of crushed nuts ($14.90). Finish with sweet homemade flan ($4.50), or raise a mug of hot café Panizza fortified with cream, Tia Maria, and Baileys ($4.90) to toast old friends or initiate a liquid food fight in honor of the winter solstice.
Twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro have always done everything together. They were born together, grew up together in Alessandria, Italy, learned to cook together, and even grew identical mustaches to suit their identical faces. Most recently, they came to America together to become the joint culinary talents behind Miami Beach's Quattro Gastronomia Italiana. Along with their Northern Italian recipes, they also bring a dedication to quality cuisine—they even import many of their ingredients straight from their homeland.
With a wine list as comprehensive as the menu, the restaurant offers bottles that represent each of Italy's unique varietals and 20 wine-growing regions. As dinners of seafood-rich risotto or veal wraps stretch into the evening, it's hard not to pause and take in the rich Milanese-style decor in tones of warm browns, golds, and deep greens. A large, Calacatta marble bar trimmed with Makassar ebony is not only the room's grand focal point, but is also reportedly the very spot where the "Marco Polo walks into a bar" joke originated.