Last night I had dinner at Il Gabbiano in Miami with my friend Larry from back home where I grew up. We had so much food we simply could not eat it all thanks to Fernando and Gino Masci, the brothers and owners who just kept bringing us dish after dish to try until we had to tell them we can’t eat any more. Fernando brought us a bottle of wine from his personal cellar and created authentic Italian cuisine that made you realize that there are Italian restaurants and then there are “Italian” restaurants.
Many restaurants will bring something to the table created by the chef. But Il Gabbiano brings a 1/4 wheel of Parmigiana-Reggiano to the table and breaks off a piece of the (gold) cheese. I asked for some balsamic vinegar and when our server drizzled it on my plate it was glazed, aged and of the highest quality.
Then we were served some bruschetta which was the best I ever had. I had to ask the waiter if the olive oil was infused with garlic and as expected, it was.
The atmosphere overlooking the water as the sun set with palm trees created an ambiance which made it a place you unquestionably want to bring a date or your wife. I was stuck with Larry but sharing an incredible dinner with a great
Next I had a tuna tartar with avocado and caviar. Some times there truly is no way to explain just how extraordinary a dish is other than you need to go to Il Gabbiano and experience it for yourself.
Not expecting anything more until our entree out comes a lightly dusted calamari with marinara. Beyond tender it was hard not to finish it all.
At this point Larry and I were ready to tap out, however we just couldn’t control ourselves from finishing everything that was presented to us. Soon after finishing the calamari out comes my main entree of pasta with sausage, cream, with peas. Honestly, I have no idea how I finished it all but it was just too good to leave behind. As I was about two-thirds of the way done our waiter presented a langostino’s with crab and shrimp risotto. How can anyone say no to langostino’s.
If you’re curious as to why I didn’t mention what Larry had it’s pretty simple. I was too busy enjoying the authentic Italian culinary cuisine that Fernando and Gino presented to us for me to even be bothered what Larry was having.
I have lived in S. Florida for over 6-years. I have only been to Il Gabbiano once prior to last evening. There was a reason that brothers Fernano and Gino Masci, who founded and created Il Mulino in NYC that for many years in a row was the #1 Italian restaurant in the USA until they decided to retire and sell it when the restaurant was at it’s peak. However, when the passion for what you do won’t go away you do what you do best, create the best authentic Italian cuisine without having to go to Italy and share it with the world.
When visiting Miami, I would highly suggest you experience Il Gabbiano.The ambiance, combined with the creative authentic Italian cuisine that Il Gabbiano serves is a food lover’s paradise.