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By: Patricia Azze

Coral Gables is all about majestic oak and banyan trees, beautiful Mediterranean-style homes and a quiet residential vibe. For the foodie crowd, it’s also about memorable dishes in elegant eateries. These foodies will be thrilled to learn that Miami Spice is returning from August 1 through September 30, 2022, bringing prix-fixe deals at restaurants throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

Miami Spice is a much-anticipated annual event. Restaurants offer special three-course tasting menus at reduced prices. Lunch or brunch meals are just $28, while dinner is $45 or $60. Make your reservations soon to take advantage of these limited-time menus.

Note: Each of the restaurant paragraphs below describes the type of food and dishes you might expect to see throughout the year. Official Miami Spice menus are posted on each restaurant’s listing page (click on the links included in this article) and on the Miami Spice website as they become available, so check back often for updates.

Bugatti Bistro

Ingredient-driven restaurants are having a major moment in the food world, making Bugatti Bistro an appealing choice for a whole new generation. Just off the main stretch of downtown Coral Gables, this classic Italian restaurant consistently serves lovely traditional Italian dishes (think: Parma prosciutto e melone or calamari fritti). Since 1985, Bugatti Bistro has been creating fresh pasta favorites including ravioli in a handful of varieties, spaghetti with clams and fresh tomatoes, tortellini and much more. If you’re in the mood for something other than pasta, protein-based mains (“piatti pricipali”) as well as lighter appetizer options – all with the taste of Italy – are available, too. For dessert, you can expect such classic Italian-inspired indulgences as tiramisu, panna cotta or house made gelato.

Meatballs at Fiola
Experience classic Italian fine dining at Fiola Miami

Fiola Miami

Fiola Miami is a high-end Italian restaurant helmed by Michelin- and James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi. Chef Fabio, who grew up near Italy’s Adriatic coast, has brought his stylish flair to Coral Gables and infused Fiola Miami with inspiration from Italy’s many regions. Diners can indulge in the raw bar featuring simply prepared ceviches, crudos and oysters. Expect a menu of elegant dishes like strawberry gazpacho, meatballs with shaved royal trumpet mushrooms, and handmade pastas with surprising twists such as rye pappardelle and lobster ravioli. This restaurant is nothing short of fabulous – and Miami Spice’s accessible pricing is a mouthwatering opportunity to taste Fiola’s signature dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at this fashionable space where the ambiance is just as chic as each dish.

Fontana courtyard
Sit down to Italian favorites in Fontana's lush Mediterranean-style courtyard.

Fontana

The Biltmore Hotel, a national landmark, is an example of some of the finest Mediterranean-style architecture Coral Gables has to offer. Soak up the luxurious Old World environment and picturesque setting while you dine at Fontana during Miami Spice. This romantic fine-dining Italian restaurant offers outdoor seating in the magical palm tree-lined patio area that’s perfect for summer dining. You can expect a fresh but delicious take on Italian cuisine. The Miami Spice menu includes a blend of Italian favorites and locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients including such options as veal ravioli al funghi and branzino arrostro, with saffron scented gigante beans, broccolini and citrus gremolata.

Public Square

Public Square is a popular neighborhood restaurant. Cozy up in a green leather booth or grab a seat at the bar. Public Square serves fresh American fare with artisanal ingredients in a chic but warm atmosphere. You’ll find that the menu consists of comfortable favorites presented in an elegant way. Look for creative dishes such as shrimp corn fritters with cilantro aioli, modern twists on sushi rolls, fresh-shucked oysters, and a mouthwatering steak menu. Public Square’s staff will be happy to recommend a fine wine to pair with your Miami Spice meal.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

When you crave a steak dinner, make plans to enjoy a Miami Spice prix-fixe meal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the heart of Coral Gables. This classic steakhouse, under the direction of executive chef Ronald Andrade, serves the finest cuts of USDA Prime Beef. Ruth’s Chris is known for quality service and classic food served in a traditional dining room with dark wood paneling and an elegant bar. Whether you’re a Martini or a Merlot person, your go-to drink will be available to accompany your Miami Spice meal.

Sushi at Sawa
Enjoy fresh sushi at Sawa

Sawa Restaurant & Lounge

Located in the beautiful Shops at Merrick Park, Sawa Restaurant & Lounge can turn your shopping day from ordinary into exceptional, with a full Miami Spice experience. This contemporary Japanese and Mediterranean concept offers delights that draw inspiration from around the world: kebobs, sushi and raw fish dishes, Middle Eastern favorites and more. Dine inside or in the beautiful shaded outdoor area, which is perfect for people-watching at this high-end, tropically landscaped outdoor mall.

Tur Kitchen

A 2022 OpenTable Diners' Choice Award winner, Tur Kitchen is a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Coral Gables. Modern in both menu and ambiance, this distinct eating experience makes for a perfect Miami Spice reservation. The menu will tickle adventurous diners with such perplexing molecular gastronomy ingredients as “Elixir Gel,” “Balsamic Pearls” and “Aquafaba Aioli.” Tur Kitchen’s signature colorful dishes include shareable plates including pides (Turkish flatbreads) and mains such as octopus served with Xistorra foam, fingerling potatoes, jalapeño, cocoa nibs and olives. A meal at Tur is never predictable, especially when paired with their eclectic wine menu from family-owned vineyards. The pre-fixe pricing is substantially lower than what you would spend on a meal at other times of the year, making it a smart Miami Spice choice.

Zucca

Zucca is located on the ground floor of the charming Hotel St. Michel in downtown Coral Gables. The interior of this artisanal ristorante and bar will make you feel as if you’re on holiday in Italy. Start your meal with something from the salumeria – maybe an antipasto of veggies, shaved coppa, salami or mortadella, and chunks of cheeses – and then enjoy fresh homemade pastas such as the ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and sage butter or the paccheri with lobster. Feeling like a little seafood or meat instead? Not a problem: The “secondi di mare” (like grilled branzino) and “secondi di terra” (like rack of lamb) dishes are just as expertly prepared. The concept for Zucca came from restaurateur Erasmo Da Silva, and the kitchen is run by Chef Manuel Garcia, who trained in Europe at Michelin-starred restaurants.

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September. Coming to Miami at a different time of year? Find more great places to dine in Coral Gables.

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