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Rosinella of Miami Beach is the Paesanos’s of New York’s Mulberry Street…. Basic, Home Cooked, Classic Italian food… on a budget!

Bacon, Asparagus, & Tomato Rissoto

Bacon, Asparagus, & Tomato Rissoto

Rosinella serves classic, no-nonsense Italian basics, which will more than likely satisfy your pasta or pesce craving without breaking the bank. Pasta dishes range from $10 to $18, Appetizers from $5 to $18, and Meats and Fish from $12 to $38, depending on the daily specials.

Fettuccini with Arugula, Purcini Mushrooms, in Garlic and Olive Oil

Fettuccini with Arugula, Porcini Mushrooms, in Garlic and Olive Oil


Do not expect frills or culinary showpieces… Rosinella serves up modest Italian dishes, standard wine and beverages, perfect for informal dining and observing the plethora of characters that Lincoln Road allures.

MIAMI FOODIE RATING – 3 of 5 Stars

Rosinella
525 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-8777

Searching for a true New York pizza in Miami can seem like searching for the fountain of eternal youth. Without proper guidance, you are bound to run into your fair share of sauceless, burnt crust, dried out cheese pizza slices.

Steves Pizza; North Miami Beach

Steves Pizza; North Miami Beach

Well look no further. Steves Pizza, located on 121st and Biscayne Blvd serves up plain slices of New York style pizza that could easily be mistaken for Spumoni Garden slices in Brooklyn. The cheese and sauce mesh together perfectly, and the crust is crisp, yet soft enough for the classic pizza fold. The sauce has a hint of sweetness, but is not overpowering. The crust is thin, perfectly thin, leaving room for well over one slice.

The inside decor of this little gem could also be found in the boroughs, with old school wooden booths, walls decorated with graffiti, and the classic arcade game.

Steve’s pizza was first brought to my attention by a head chef of a well known south beach restaurant. Needless to say, I have not been to another pizzeria since (except for Pizza Rustica, which is only when I am in south beach).

RATING: 5 of 5 Stars!
Nowadays, its hard to find pizza even this good in NYC!

Steve’s Pizza
12101 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami, Florida 33181
(305) 891-0202

Lincoln Road… probably the closest to a European road that we have here in the States. Art galleries, shops and outdoor restaurants make an evening stroll an event, and a dinner a dining experience.

Mushroom Soup

Meat Platter Tapas

Shrimp PAsta

My friends and I wandered to Maya Tapas & Grill. Deceived by the name, this was not strictly Tapas. In fact, only one page of the menu listed the cold and hot Tapas selection.

None the less, the food was well prepared and tasty. The Garlic Shrimp and Linguine was large enough for 2 people, possibly three, and spiced very well. A basic dish done right.

The mushroom soup, soup of the day, was deliciously creamy, smooth, and had the flavors of truffle oil and porcini mushrooms… heavenly.

The meat platter was basic, and not as impressive as the rest of the dishes. The mortadela could be found at the meat counter of any Publix.

The Garlic Shrimp Tapas were the exact garlic shrimp found in the pasta dish, seasoned well yet basic.

The sangria was decent, a little watered down, and again large.

OVERALL RATING: 3 of 5 Stars

Maya Tapas & Grill
809 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach 33139

mancinisI had lived in South Florida for about 6 months before my parents came to visit. It was my mom’s first time in South Florida, and being that she is the typical eastern european mother who doesn’t like her fledglings more than a wing’s distance away from her, I was in search of a restaurant that would leave no room for criticism. Mancini’s was the perfect choice.

Located on Las Olas Blvd, this adorable, cozy Italian restaurant gives a modern gourmet twist to classic italian dishes.

My father ordered the Osso Buco, which he said was cooked perfectly, and that the cut was a young, fresh piece of veal.

I had ordered the “Raviolini di Ricotta e Spinaci,” which was spinach filled raviolies in a brown cream sauce sauteed with sage and grapes. I felt that the grapes added a great contrast to the cheese, and cut the heaviness of the cream sauce perfectly.

My mother ordered the “Garganelli Casarecci alla Mancini” and had no complaints, which means the dish was delicious. The again, how can you go wrong with a porcini mushroom cream sauce?

The ambiance was comfortable and soft, with light blue christmas lights and white table linens. The waiters were friendly and not terribly slow.

The wine list was not very extensive, but we had bottle of the Terrabianca Campaccio Super Tuscan that was intricate, yet balanced. I am a big fan.

Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Mancini’s
1017 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 764-5510

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40 degrees and windy on a Miami Winter night… cruel, unorthodox, blasphemous! It has me wondering why I left the arctic icebox that we all love and know as NYC. I was in search of comfort food that would make the bitter wind chill seem afar from the cozy, insulated log cabin that i was about to dine in. Ok… So there are no log cabins in Miami, but the rustic crust of the Andiamo’s TRUE brick oven pizzas were a much welcomed substitute!

The restaurant feels like a deco drive-in that would pass for an LA hangout. Ambiance aside, if you are looking for a natural, earthy, “real food” brick oven pizza, this is the place to go.

The 10 inch pies, perfect for one person, cost between $8.50 and $11.50, about 2 bucks more than the typical triglyceride infused personal pans from Pizza Hut… not bad! The toppings are fresh, and the combinations illustrate that the menu was planned with culinary precision, a fresh take on classic Italian flavors, and of course the New York spin… What would Pizza be without it?

I recommend the Bella Bambina, if you are in the mood for the sweet/salty combination of the caramelized onions and sauteed panchetta. My friend Esteban Barnardberg had the Soprano, a typical guy choice with the meaty sweet Italian sausage. However, I must say that the way they spiced the broccoli rabe was more intricate that what you would find in a common pizzeria in Brooklyn.

Oh, and the Crust! Perfectly Crunchy Crust Bubbles… Crisp around the edges, but soft and warm in the center, perfect for folding in half…

My only complaint would be that the tables inside were quite small,which I am sure would not have been a problem if the artic freeze did not force us to wear socks and sweaters in February… I know, I am just as disgusted as you are…

Overall Rating is AWESOMENESS for Andiamo Pizza…

Andiamo’s
5600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 762-5751


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