|Photo by Marguerite Gil|
|Half plate of very oily, angel hair noodles.|
My friend Janet picks the eating places where we meet and shmooze a couple of times of month. She's usually good at it. She goes online, checks out the menu; parking, prices and then we enjoy a happy lunch together at her favorites picks.
The place she chose this week was located next to Publix and close to Costco in North Miami. Yes Pasta! Trattoria Italiana
was clean, modern and empty. We stayed almost two hours and not one single client ventured into the place.
Next door at T.G.I. Friday's, it was packed. Several other eateries close by had clients too. This North Miami mall has had its share of renters these past few years including the very successful Paul Bakery. But Paul is gone and today many of the storefronts are empty.
Our un-noticeable waiter came by, gave us some very nice elaborate looking menus and left. I ordered a $5 beer, she had bottled water. The specials included pasta al salmone e vodka
(pasta with smoke salmon in a vodka pink sauce) for $15.90.
Constolette di agnello con risotto ai funghi (lamb ribs with wild mushroom risotto) was priced at $25.90 and constolette di vitello al vino rosso
(veal loin chop with red wine sauce served with vegetables) was $26.90.More »