Top Five Coral Gables Restaurants: Abbracci, Pascal's and More
5. Caffe Abbracci
Venetian Nino Pernetti has been one of Miami's finest and most charming restaurant hosts since opening this fine dining Italian venue in 1988. The ambiance is Old World elegant, with burl wood ceiling blooms, green marble accents, and a stainglass ceiling in the bar/lounge area...
Cuisine, too, is from long-time Italian recipes and traditions: Antipasti (shrimp and pancetta on polenta); risotti and pastas (linguini frutti di mare); seafoods (pan-roasted branzino with prosecco and saffron-butter sauce); veal chops and scaloppine, lamb chops and steaks. Stellar and personal service is what sets this apart from other fine high-end Italian restaurants, and that stems from Pernetti's expertise.
It's the prettiest Peruvian dining room in town, a sleek modern space with soaring ceilings. Service soars too, the slickly trained staff attending to all needs with a personable professionalism. And the cuisine takes the great classics from Peru and redesigns them into stunning, delectable fare. Cebiches and tiraditos are delicate and sharply flavored. Filet mignon is used in the anticucho (in aji panca sauce), which isn't quite cow heart but maybe better for most American palates. There are chaufas, yucca croquettes, organic piquillo peppers, and a signature pork slow-braised with pisco and grapes. Also: Best beef or shrimp saltados around. Big menu, big flavors.We awarded it the Best Restaurant in Coral Gables in 2008.