After a movie in Coconut Grove we went here on the recommendation of the Ritz Carlton concierge Key Biscayne. His tip was spot on and we found the charming entrance a short walk from our theater. The hostess asked if we had a reservation (it was 6:30) and when told no carefully consulted a list and seating diagram before fitting us in next to the kitchen. These somewhat cramped seats turned out to be ringside on a culinary adventure and perfect for feeling part of the frenetic pace of this restaurant. We agreed that our waiter had personality,knew the food and wine list and wanted us to be well fed and perfectly served.
Water service well chilled and chewy Italian bread with strong olive oil for dipping began the evening. Our wine selection was an Italian Col de Sasso chardonnay with 12% alcohol which made quaffing possible and it was perfect with our fish.
Dinner began with Carpaccio Salmone atop arugula with shaved onion and tomato. The quality of the salmon was great and with capers, lemon and the salad a perfect refresher. The main course was Branzino al Sale with the salt removed in the kitchen under the watchful eve of master chef Valter Mancini and served with roasted potatoes and brocollini. The fish was lite with a hint of salt and a few bones here and there.Following all of this we did not need but wanted dessert and chose the pistachio ice cream with grilled pistachios accompanying. .There is no bar but beer and wine are plentiful.I would like to try the special cheese pasta served in a cheese round which is not on the menu but ordered by the locals in quantity!
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