Italian dinner hosts never allow their guests to leave the table until buttons are bursting and plates are spinning precariously on rods. This intense passion for food paired with a welcome-to-the-family attitude generates the perfect semolina storm from which today's deal was spun. For $15, you get $35 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Kaliapy's in Pinecrest. As casual as it is fine, the family-operated establishment has been inviting hungry guests to dine in a capacious yet cozy setting since 2006. Bring your whole entourage and reap the benefits of combined powers—parties of four or more can use two Groupons.
Kaliapy's is run by a duet of sisters with more gusto than the Del Rubio Triplets. Head Chef Monica has a bachelor degree from acclaimed culinary institution Johnson & Wales, a lifelong passion for cooking, and the ability to accurately estimate the number of jelly beans in a jar while reading a Michael Crichton novel. Her alluring recipes draw everyone from couples to large groups to three kids standing on each other's shoulders in one oversized trench coat. A reviewer from the Miami Herald describes the scene: "The evening we visited, several large family groups—grandpa to wee ones—were crowded around tables."
The welcoming arms of the restaurant extend a vast lineup of edible options as an inviting invitation. Its extensive menu features a variety of starters, pastas, meats, and seafoods. Start with some fried calamari ($7.95) or crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms ($8.95). Munch on some greens like Carol's salad (mixed greens, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil, and feta cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette, $7.95). Oven-born and piled-high lasagna ($11.95) promises to delightfully fulfill the hungriest of humans.
The pasta dishes are a long line of masterfully prepared ensembles. Fork twirl some linguini and meatballs ($15.95) or fork jab the gnocchi alla Michelangelo (with peas, onions, and prosciutto in a creamy Alfredo sauce, $14.95). If your taste buds subliminally steer your brain towards meat of the land and sea, succumb to the chicken arrabiata ($15.95), rack of veal ($26.95), or shrimp scampi ($21.95), among others. The restaurant also carries a variety of wines and beverages to help quench and cleanse palates.
Friday and Saturday dinner dining by reservation only.
The Miami Herald recently featured Kaliapy's, providing some positive words and helpful hints:
- Kaliapy's is the kind of friendly, family-run place that's rare these days. Tucked in a Pinecrest strip center, this Italian restaurant can be hard to find at night. Keep searching and you'll be rewarded with homemade everything...The evening we visited, several large family groups -- grandpa to wee ones -- were crowded around tables. Every dish is made to order, and we could see that we might have had to wait for our food had we come earlier. Calling ahead isn't necessary, but it helped us hit the timing right. – Jane Wooldridge, Miami Herald
Diners have been busy recovering from epic feasts at Kaliapy's, but a select few have gathered the strength to share their positive thoughts. Four Urbanspooners give the restaurant a 100% approval rating. Two reviewers on MenuPages give it 4.5 stars, and one Yahoo! Local user gives it five stars.
- Outstanding food and service. We dined with family at this family owned establishment a few weeks ago and are now going back with a large group of friends. Excellent seafood, pasta and veal. Enjoy! – Sam, Yahoo! Local
- We have enten a number of times at this familty run Italian Restaurant. Kaliapy's is a small-mid sized restaurant with about 15 tables but an extensive menu of pasta, meat and seafood dishes. Dining is relaxed and you are not rushed. The interior is spotless and comfortable. – Chuck and Donna, MenuPages
12153 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, Florida 33156Get Directions