Doral Pizza’s team serves pies sized from 10 to 16 inches. Staffers bake pizzas topped with everything from gorgonzola alfredo to classic pepperoni, which is to pizza what butter is to toast and index-finger gesticulation are to being a politician. Their pasta roster catalogs such enticing entrees as pesto linguine and four-cheese penne.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. The menu was designed by executive chef Chris Peitersen, and each location executes it by blending fresh ingredients with extra time to create high-quality preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon-basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired with any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and cocktail menu.
The chefs at Calamari Restaurant strive to create familiar, comforting Italian foods with house-made ingredients and ocean-fresh fish. With an emphasis on seafood dishes, they grill salmon fillets and stuff lobster ravioli that the Miami New Times placed 50th on its list of 100 Favorite Dishes in 2010, calling it "the entrée that will keep you coming back for more." They also strive to recreate homemade flavors by creating their own Italian sausages and pasta, and roast pizzas in a wood-burning brick oven within sight of the dining room.
In addition to an indoor dining room, outdoor tables with checkered cloths surround a garden fountain, "evoking a seaside picnic," according to a 2009 review in the Miami Herald.
Small wrought-iron chandeliers, pendant lamps, and track fixtures bathe Focaccia Bistro's rustic-modern interior in an amber glow, illuminating towering wooden wine racks stuffed with European vintages. Though the white-clothed tables carry elegantly plated dishes of risotto, shellfish pasta, and handmade ravioli, the bistro's decor extends beyond Italy, enticing passersby with full-length front windows that evoke the aura of a 1930s-era café. French-influenced brunch consisting of croissants and baguettes further enhances the café vibe, as does the beret-sporting ghost that haunts the restrooms.
The menu at Il Corso Trattoria overflows with traditional Italian dishes, displaying examples of lasagna, filet mignon, tilapia, paninis, and brick-oven pizzas. Inside the Old World–style eatery, exposed brick columns stand tall as diners feast on chefs' gourmet handiwork and sample wines that flow straight into the restaurant via transoceanic aqueducts.
Coral Gables: The classic dishes at Anacapri Italian Restaurant earned the eatery a place on CBS Miami's list of Best Italian Restaurants in South Florida. Chefs at the Coral Gables location serve up pasta standards such lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and linguine with baby clams, as well as veal, steak, and seafood main courses. The ambiance at Anacapri Coral Gables is relaxed and welcoming, with white tablecloths cloaking the tables and collections of wine bottles lining a dividing screen. This setting invites both romantic dinners and festive gatherings of family members or bocce rivals. Pinecrest location: The classic dishes at Anacapri Italian Restaurant earned the eatery a place on CBS Miami's list of Best Italian Restaurants in South Florida. Chefs at the Pinecrest location serve up pasta standards such lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and linguine with baby clams, as well as veal, steak, and seafood main courses. The ambiance at Anacapri Pinecrest is relaxed and welcoming, with white tablecloths on the tables and collections of wine bottles lining the exposed brick walls. Large framed paintings of the Italian countryside hang from olive walls, lending a cozy feel to the dining room. This setting invites both romantic dinners and festive gatherings of family members or bocce rivals.