Inspired by the menus of neighborhood eateries throughout Naples, the chefs at Fresco Miami combine the traditional and modern as they assemble refined dishes using high-quality ingredients. Pastas, pizzas, and grilled entrees are speckled with familiar flavors such as buffalo mozzarella and imported Italian prosciutto, as well as imaginative adornments such as Maine lobster and edible microchips. Adhering to his own time-tested recipes, Alfredo Forgione and his handpicked team of chefs also churn out oven-crisped Neapolitan pizzas.
Fresco Miami’s décor, much like its cuisine, effortlessly blends contemporary and time-honored styles. The wall art's vibrant reds and purples stand in contrast to the dining room's hues of black, white, and brushed nickel. Outdoors, patio seating allows diners to enjoy their meals as they keep an eye out for the return of their favorite cloud.
The Miami New Times magazine named Rincon Argentino the Best Argentine Restaurant in 2009. TripAdvisors give its Coral Gables location an average of 3.5 owl eyes. Yelpers give the Coral Gables location an average of 4.5 stars, and seven Yelpers give the Kendall Drive location an average of 3.5 stars.
For $15, today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at Casa Toscana Ristorante. Located in the Upper East Side of Miami, not far from Tuscany, this bona fide ristorante Italiano features pastas from scratch, a majestic wine wall, and silverware. The quaint and cozy eatery sets the mood to recreate the infamous Lady and the Tramp pasta-cooking scene. You can use your Groupon toward a romantic dinner or Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and bask in the free parking.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Bargello Bistro plates up a menu of refined comfort-cuisine recipes hailing from such warm-water coasts as Italy, Greece, and Morocco. A bowl of Tuscan minestrone soup ($4.25) makes a fine precursor to a hearty plate of coconut shrimp, served in a sauce that is sweet, spicy, and surprisingly well read ($9.25). A savory selection of gourmet sandwiches quells lunch- and dinnertime cravings ($10.45–$13.45), and Bargello's weekend breakfast menu catches early birds with an appetizing array of omelettes, pancakes, and breakfast paninis ($9.95 each) that can be served in half portions for children under 12 and peckish centaurs ($6.95).
Every centuries-old culinary tradition was a modern innovation at one point. This is the central philosophy of Italian-born chef and restaurateur Marco Stabile and executive chef Julian Baker, who embrace classic Tuscan cooking while incorporating contemporary techniques as well as occasional international flavors. However, this inventive spirit isn't intended to be a departure from Italian tradition. Instead, it is meant to showcase the role of Old World cuisine in a global context. The Miami Herald praised the eatery's revamped menu of Tuscan staples, claiming that, "every city ought to be lucky enough to have an Italian restaurant as solid as Toscana Divino." The chefs demonstrate their commitment to iconic Italian flavors in virtually every dish. In addition to importing extra virgin olive oil, organic buffalo ricotta cheese, and carnaroli rice directly from Italy, they also hand roll pastas and make their own gnocchi in-house. At the same time, they source everything from heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs to micro greens and edible flowers from local Florida farms. The fusion of influences is most apparent in the menu's signature, Italian-inspired ceviche, which features calabrese chilies in place of jalapeños as well as a splash of olive oil to temper the lime-marinated shrimp's vibrant acidity. Cuisine is only one facet of Tuscany's regional culture, though, and Toscana Divino aims to showcase the area's artistic accomplishments in other media as well. Italian-made porcelain china and handmade Tuscan glassware appear on the tables' place settings and the dining room features a collection of luxury handbags crafted in Tuscany. These touches complement the restaurant's sleek, modern décor. Slate-gray tiled floors, simple wooden tables, and banquettes with geometric, block-like patterns help fill the space. The youthful spirit of the room also extends to Toscana Divino's ambiance at large, which Miami New Times described as, "consistently buzzing with an after-hours energy."