I used to go here regularly, when I lived on South Beach years ago. Back then, it was a tiny hole in the wall, and it felt like you were stepping through a doorway into a small restaurant in Italy. But like many other places that are too good to be kept secret, the word got out, and the restaurant was expanded, and while it is still very good, it has lost a little of the magic it used to have.
The menu is not extensive, which is usually a good sign, since things don't sit around a long time, hoping to get ordered. The crab cake appetizer was very good, with plenty of crab and very little filler. Their cheese garlic bread is also very good, but a little pricey at over $6.00 for a small basket. We would have tried the mussels, but the waiter forgot to bring them, and by the time we got his attention, the main courses were on the way.
My friend had the Veal Parmigiana and I had the skirt steak. The veal was done very nicely, it was tender, not overly sauced or too cheesy, which can be a frequent problem. My skirt steak was done exactly to the medium rare that I ordered, and came with potatoes and some grilled onions, but seemed to be missing the Port wine sauce that was supposed to be part of the dish.
There is a nice wine list, with some very reasonable prices, and the Malbec we ordered was quite good. Neither of us had room for dessert, although the menu was tempting, and I rounded out the night with an espresso.
If our waiter had been a little more on the ball, and not missed several items, this would probably be a five star review.
HINT: The restaurant frequently participates in Groupons, Local Dines and other discount deals in the summertime, which can save you some money on the meal.
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