I stayed at a hotel fairly close to the port of Miami, prior to a recent Bahamas cruise. After a long overnight flight from San Francisco, I was delighted when the staff recommended this outstanding Italian restaurant only about a block from the Extended Stay. I went back the same evening for dinner!\r
Since Miami is a lot hotter than the San Francisco Bay area, I opted to eat inside though they offer outside dining. The menu was quite extensive. For lunch, I chose an excellent beef carpaccio and an arugula salad with thinly sliced figs, and goat cheese - heavenly. The wine list was excellent - I had one of the best Mendoza malbecs I've ever tasted. Dessert was passion fruit mousse - an unbelievable concoction so tantalizing, I had two. I would love to get that recipe - it's almost worth a trip to Miami for another!\r
Dinner that evening started with the focacia di capra with its wonderful thin crust, goat cheese and truffle oil. Brazilian owner, Joao - known as Jucca - Carlos Olivera has the pizza place next door and this is one of their specialties. There are so many wonderful dishes - and specials every day - it is difficult to make decisions. I remedy this by arriving a day before a cruise and staying a day after so that I can eat, at least\r
twice, at Tutto Pasta. I know there are other great restaurants in Miami but, at this rate, I'll never get anywhere else until I've tried everything at Tutto Pasta.
Pros: Excellent food, huge menu selection, delightful wait staff and a terrific owner
Cons: A bit cramped, outside dining but not that pleasant because of freeway overpasses