Marigold walls dotted with framed photos and chalkboard specials warm up the interior of La Patagonia Argentina. But with a menu that includes everything from fresh seafood catches of the day to housemade pastas and new york strip steaks, guests might not notice the color of the walls any more than Mr. Magoo notices anything.
La Patagonia Argentina's selection of red and white wines pairs with skirt steak and sweetbreads, chicken piccata, and grilled short ribs. Meals conclude with housemade desserts such as flan or chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream.
Getting the dough right is one of the hardest parts of making a pizza. That's why they make it in house every morning at The Original Big Tomato, yielding a crust that's crisp on the bottom but still fluffy around the edges. Since a base like that deserves fine toppings, the crew also chops veggies fresh every day. They might crown pies with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh lettuce, basil, corn, and spinach. There's also a wide selection of cheeses, including gouda, gorgonzola, parmesan, and goat cheese. Alongside pizzas on the menu, there's also the range of salads, paninis, and wraps that one might see at an Italian cafe.
In 1978, Argentine pasta craftsman Richard Sanders emigrated to Miami with his wife, Carmen, and opened The Pasta Factory Company. Thirty-three years later, Richard’s three sons—Rick, Fernando, and Leonard—have taken the rigatoni reins, with Fernando spinning housemade linguine, spaghetti, and fettuccine on his father’s original machine. Rick’s favorite part of the job has been watching 20 years of first dates, many of which transformed into years-long courtships and ended in down-on-one-knee marriage proposals—all within the confines of The Pasta Factory Company’s dining room.
With or without the prospect of a proposal, the Sanders family’s authentic Italian fare grew so popular among diners that they expanded The Pasta Factory Company to several locations. Now guests can fall in love with the first meat pie they meet at the original South Miami location, or speed date through fettuccine and cannelloni at the Pasta Factory Express spots.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.
Ristorante Pappa & Ciccia celebrates Italian cooking by producing a menu of pastas, original Italian-style pizzas, and paninis. Chefs toss freshly made spaghetti and gnocchi in housemade tomato sauce and serve fresh mozzarella. Bruschetta and tiramisu bookend meals inside the spacious dining room dotted with simple red tables.
Candido's Restaurant treats hungry visitors to a smorgasbord of global cuisine featuring succulent Mediterranean kabobs, Italian pastas, hearty American burgers, and Mexican huevos rancheros and chicken burritos. The menu tempts palates with upscale dishes such as the grilled salmon with mango vinaigrette, as well as simple delights, such as their signature Mediterranean Bullet, a cylindrical pita sandwich filled with Greek sausage and mozzarella that is fired out of a tiny cannon into customers' mouths. Chicken and shrimp mingle with alfredo sauce and olive oil in mouthwatering pastas, while charbroiled burgers deliver handheld meals of beef, melted cheese, smoky bacon, and crispy veggies.