Il Gabbiano in Miami boasts a restaurant of fine Italian cuisine, lovely ambiance, and excellent service. The menu is comprised of a wide variety of authentic Italian fare. Open for both lunch and dinner service, Il Gabbiano is sure to leave you wanting more. They offer insalata, pasta, fish, chicken, risotto, and more for lunch. The dinner menu includes dishes like pollo farcito, which is chicken stuffed with prosciutto, fontina cheese, and asparagus. Or, filetto alla fiorentina—a filet of beef with shallots and porcini mushrooms. The ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. This bright and open restaurant on the water will win you over as soon as you give them the chance.
The old ways continue to endure and enchant palates at Spris Artisan Pizza, backed by more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant business. Named after the refreshing aperitif famous throughout Italy's Veneto region, Spris Artisan Pizza draws inspiration from traditional Old World cooking at both of its locations, even going so far as to use imported Italian ingredients in several dishes. Their signature pizzas embody this commitment to tradition. Every gourmet pie begins as disk of regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free dough. From there, chefs top the thin-crust pies to please all palates with everything from the traditional margherita to grilled vegetables, prime quality cold cuts, and ground Italian sausage before sliding them into a blistering-hot, wood-fired brick oven to achieve the characteristic crispy thin crust. This dedication is also apparent in other menu items, from the paninis?available in pizza or ciabatta bread?to homemade pastas and signature salads.
As its name implies, NY Bagels and Deli equips customers with all the stacked sandwiches and freshly baked bagels one would expect from a New York City deli. In the morning, cream cheese, lox, and eggs rest between bagel halves. In the afternoon, it's corned beef, baked ham, and salami. Even leafy salads, filled with grilled chicken and dried fruit, come with a choice of a bagel or bagel chips. Hot and cold coffee drinks, as well as more than a dozen smoothies, accompany dishes such as pizza and wings—two recent additions to the menu.
Gelato-Go's gelato flavors are inventive, from Ferrero Rocher to pineapple sorbet. That's one of many reasons why customers flock there, and why it was named Best Gelato Miami of 2013 by the Miami New Times. Another reason is that Gelato-Go makes their own gelato base daily using milk that does not contain artificial hormones or antibiotics. They also utilize the freshest and finest ingredients available, from fruit grown on local farms, pistachios and hazelnuts imported from Italy, and Vairhona chocolate sourced from a plantation in Venezuela. Non-diary sorbetto is a perfect treat for those who are lactose intolerant or have a deathly feat of cows. But the truly creative aspects of their sweets are in the presentation. Besides the usual cups and cones, guests can enjoy gelato stuffed into cannoli or presented spaghetti style, in which a helping of gelato is fashioned into noodle shapes and then drizzled with strawberry syrup.
From daily empanada specials to tapas and oven-roasted entrees, Clos Bistro & Café incorporates international flavors to make breakfasts and dinners a global experience. Argentinean influences take the form of strong coffee that complements hearty breakfasts of smoked-salmon omelets and pastries, and evenings are fueled by daily pasta specials, verdant salads, and flank steaks fresh from the oven. Located downtown, the bistro's sleek storefront hides a cozy interior with a wall of mirrors that send light shining across tiled floors and provide ample opportunities to whisper compliments at your reflection.
Paolo Desole is no stranger to Italian cooking. Though he grew up in Switzerland, he learned to cook from his Sardinian mother, and sponged up all her culinary secrets. He went on to a successful career as a currency trader, but when he moved with his family to Miami, he decided to finally pursue his dream of opening a restaurant.
At Desole Metro Pizza Bar, he serves up classic Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting. Modern metal light fixtures hang from the ceiling, casting a honey glow on textured brick walls. Diners can sit at white-tableclothed tables in the light of the large front windows, or venture further into the restaurant for a view of the stone oven. There, trained chefs transform fresh dough, cheese, and tomatoes into hearty, traditional-style pies. But some of the toppings skew more modern, such as the combo of walnuts, gorgonzola, and bacon. The restaurant also features salads, steaks, and seafood beyond its pizza offerings, and the polished wood wine cabinets are a welcome sight to enophiles.