Gables Bites: Valentine’s Day Dining on the Mile


By Riki Altman

Did you know Coral Gables was recently ranked one of the top 10 most romantic cities in the country? Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Livability.com mentioned our “luxurious hotels” and said there were “plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss,” but they also spotlighted a few of our incredibly intimate eateries, like Caffe Vialetto. For some reason, Italian restaurants always make us swoon, so also consider our other top-rated, neighborhood gems, like Spizzigo and Caffe Abbracci, which is offering red, heart-shaped pasta filled with buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, fresh tomato and basil.

Is prix fixe your m.o.? For $99 per couple, Anacapri not only offers a four-course menu with choices like Kobe meatballs, heart-shaped ravioli and lobster Ponce, but they also give each lady a rose and glass of champagne. Christy’s is also offering a dinner for two including a glass of Champagne, their famous Caesar salad, a chateaubriand for two (flambéed tableside) with gruyere potatoes au gratin and grilled asparagus, and chocolate blackout cake a la mode for $150 per couple.

The Dome is going all out to celebrate Cupid, too. Its four-course prix fixe dinner ($90 per person) includes choices ranging from oysters and short rib ravioli to Russian cod and lavender filet mignon. The first and last courses will be paired with a glass of Champagne.

In addition to their already popular offerings, Ortanique on the Mile is offering a special $80 per person menu, featuring Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Champagne. Appetizer choices are crab cake or warm duck confit salad, filet mignon or lobster tail for the entrée, and dessert options are either raspberry-white chocolate bread pudding or a dessert sampler trio.

Consider this your warning: make your reservations today! And, if all else fails, don’t forget about Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Asking for forgiveness is easier if you have a heart-shaped container of freshly dipped strawberries in hand.


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