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Gables Bites: That’s Amore

4/16/13

By Riki17291_470703186331736_1705137917_n Altman240058_10151205422648287_128569099_o

Apparently, it’s amore when it comes to Italian dining in the Gables. Within a less than one-mile radius, we’ve got nearly a dozen options in the category! That’s a lotta mozzarella, eh? How can you possibly decide where to go? Maybe this quick guide can help.

For romance coupled with a great gustatory experience, visit Anacapri. After dining on the rigatoni with proscuitto, onions and the chef’s famous creamy pink sauce, you will quickly understand why this eatery was named “Best Dish” at the 2011 Taste of the Gables.

Perhaps you’re bored with tradition. If that’s the case, make a reservation at Caffe Vialetto, a high-end eatery that serves Italian cuisine with Latin/Caribbean flair. Try the macaroni with manchego cheese, or see why the pear ravioli stole the show at the 2012 Taste of the Gables claiming the coveted “Best Dish” from Anacapri. Finish the night off with a slice of guava cheesecake and you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect meal.

Did someone say “risotto?” Apparently he or she is craving the signature item at Caffe Abbracci, a spot best known for its family welcoming atmosphere. There’s good reason this spot has been around for a quarter of a century.

For Italian food that packs a punch, hit up Randazzo’s, named for its legendary boxer- turned-restaurateur. But consider yourself warned: The food arrives family-style, so come hungry! We recommend the seafood salad and spaghetti with Sunday gravy as a warm-up.

If you like a side of entertainment with your polenta fries and carpaccio, head to Cibo, home of the wine angel. Order a bottle of vino and watch the lovely lady scale the heights to fetch your selection. This place gets really fired up during the Sunday Champagne Brunches, too.

Graziano’s is the perfect choice for those displaced Argentine Italians. This market and restaurant offers prepared meals and a wonderful selection of grab-and-go items. Remember, those who stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. get two empanadas and a glass of Malbec for only $7.

Don’t forget about Spizzigo, also found on Giralda Avenue just behind Miracle Mile. Pastas, pizzas, carpaccio and salads are the stars here, and it’s a very popular place for the lunch crowd. And you can always check out Spris for a fun atmosphere and a brick- oven pizza pie or panini. Now that’s Italian!

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