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Buon Appetito! Mangia Bene in Coral Gables

Is there anything better than a steaming bowl of fresh pasta topped with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano or a fresh cooked en papillote with garlic, olive oil and maybe a sprinkling of parsley? Your mouth is likely watering already or maybe your mind is racing through your favorite variations of pasta – bowtie! Lasagna! Spaghetti! Penne! Pesto! Marinara! Bolognese! There are so many kinds and variations on Italian food and you can find it all right here.

Ah, la vita e bella here in Coral Gables and made even better by the concentration of exceptional Italian restaurants all located in our walkable Downtown area.

Caffe Abbracci

Caffe Abbracci has been serving delicious plates of Italian food to a stylish crowd of regulars for nearly thirty years. The upscale clientele know their way around this menu of Italian favorites. For the newbie, choose from a pasta like the famous Black Lobster Ravioli or a Risotto, topped with something sumptuous like Dolce Gorgonzola Cheese with Red Radicchio. In the mood for a meat-based main? Indulge in a Filet Mignon, Lamb Chop or Veal Scaloppine.

The service, a blend of attention to detail, the ability to always remember a name and an ability to mix the perfect martini, keep people coming back for generations and decades to celebrate an occasion dinner or just for lunch on a weekday.

Salumeria 104

After many successful years in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood, Salumeria 104 has opened a second location in Coral Gables that has been greeted with a warm welcome from the community.

Everyone is going crazy over their Northern Italian rustic food served in a trattoria-like environment. The menu is focused on Salumi, Formaggi, Spuntini and Antipasti to start and then stronger plates of pastas and main dishes that range of the traditional, like a Butterflied Branzino, to a Braised Florida Rabbit served with a bevy of delectable side dishes. Finish with the Nocciolata Panna Cotta or the Tiramisu.

Fratellino Ristorante

A quick peek at the stellar review on Yelp and TripAdvisor for Fratellino and you’ll understand why you should make a reservation if you plan on eating here on a weekend night. Their housemade pasta has rave reviews across the internet.

Fratellino has a cozy feel, suddenly it feels like you might be in a small cafe in Italy – then, a bite of the food and you’ll really feel like you’ve traveled to taste the real deal. Sit outside and enjoy your meal alfresco, a bowl of the daily pasta special or a Linguini with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Agli Olio tastes all the better with a bit of sunshine and fresh air. Pair that with a glass of crisp white Italian wine and you’ve found the perfect way to relieve the stress of daily life and feel like you took a mini-vacation.

Zucca

Zucca is located in the lobby of the Hotel St. Michel. After a serious renovation and very stylish new look and feel, the restaurant quickly became a neighborhood favorite for their hearty dishes of beautifully presented cuisine and chic cocktails. Don’t let the fashionable style make you think there’s any less substance in the menu, it was designed by an expert Italian chef and the ingredients are only the freshest available.

Whether you’re looking for something on the lighter side, like a Spring Mix Salad with Artichoke or a Crudo made from the fish of the day to ensure freshness, or something to really fill you up from the pasta menu, the Orecchiette con Gameretti, Vongole, Cime di Rapa e Pomodorini Freschi looks particularly delicious, they have it all. A popular happy hour spot, they’ve crafted a menu of perfectly shareable salumeria and antipasti for the table to split.

Cibo Wine Bar

Italian wine is just as spectacular as Italian food, so do the food justice and pair it with the perfect complimentary wine. At Cibo, they’ll make the pairing process easy for you, they’re sure to have something to bring out all the best flavor notes of their modern and rustic Italian cuisine in their extensive wine cellar.

Cozy up at the bar or grab a seat with friends in their stunning interior, it’s a casual place where service is friendly and you’ll be surrounded by a mix of Coral Gables business crowd, couples on a romantic night out, friends celebrating a birthday and locals who’ve strolled in for a bite from their menu of Antipasti, Soups, Salads, Primi Pastas and Risottos, heartier secondi dishes like chicken, meat, fish and even pizzas!