Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Da Vittorio Restaurant. The Coral Gables eatery specializes in classic Italian fare complemented by an exhaustive wine library and star chef.
At Da Vittorio, you can practice your best posture as you settle into the high-backed chairs arranged around the crisp table linens and ponder the dinner menu. Antipasti options include a grilled mix of seasonal vegetables ($12), fried fresh mozzarella ($12), and delicate shavings of ahi tuna with a mixed salad of greens, capers, melon, Italian radicchio, and endives ($15). Keep it casual with an herby slice of pizza margherita ($12) or a light risotto in tomato sauce packed with Ariel's entourage (mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp) ($24). Main courses include butter- and lemon-sauced salmon ($22), grilled pork chop with roasted pears and date-reduction sauce ($26), and filet mignon in green-peppercorn sauce ($34). For dessert, fork into a cannoli ($8) or slice of ricotta cheesecake ($9). If redeemed on a Tuesday for dinner, receive your choice of a complimentary dessert for the table.
Andy Warhol prints, vintage Hermes trays, and soft candlelight set a subtly posh mood at this upscale epicurean haunt. Roman-born chef Vittorio Lozzi creates classic plates prepared with regional and organic Italian ingredients with the skillful ease of a first-place baton twirler. Pair dishes with pours from the well-stocked wine bunker for a multisensory meal to remember.
Da Vittorio has been featured in a number of publications, such as Ocean Drive, the Miami Herald, and UrbanDaddy. Six TripAdvisors give the Italian hot spot four owl eyes, five Yelpers give it 3.5 stars, and 88% of 50 Urbanspooners recommend it:
- It's difficult to trust a socialite. Especially when it comes to important things like cocktails and pasta…Then along comes Fabian Basabe, a frequent subject of social pages and ubiquitous party fixture, with a restaurant so earnestly warm and homey, so steeped in old-world tradition, that we had no choice but to investigate. – UrbanDaddy
- Foremost among the dishes Lozzi has perfected is a classic spaghetti alla carbonara…a silken, egg-yolky sauce slightly warmed from the heat of the fresh noodles, bits of charred pancetta, meltingly sautéed onion, a light dusting of fresh-grated pecorino and a heavy dash of roughly ground pepper. This is one of those hard-to-find dishes I would come back for again and again. – Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald
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264 Giralda Ave.
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