Saturday, September 6, 2008

DeVito South Beach

The first thing I always seem to notice when arriving in South Beach is the parking, or lack thereof. I arrived early at DeVito's, luckily grabbing a meter, a block away rather than paying the $15 + tip SoBe standard valet charge. Upon arrival there are a few seating options, inside, outside, upstairs, and downstairs. The action is usually downstairs, while upstairs is a bit more sedate and refined.

DeVito's South Beach, touts itself as an "Italian Chop House" and is decorated in a contemporary twist on traditional Italian decor. It works very well and is a nurturing, inviting environment. Danny DeVito partners with David Manero, a local restaurateur to create this high profile, exciting restaurant set in the heart on South Beach on South Ocean Drive.

Luckily for our wallets, DeVito's is participating in the Miami Spice program. They started us with a hot loaf of bread curiously served in a brown paper bag, along with a gratis tray of antipasto.

On the menu for appetizers were: Caesar Wedge with white anchovy, cherry tomato, Crostini or Jumbo House Meatball with whipped ricotta. The meatball was the winner here. Served in an individual chrome sauce pan, it was the size of a grapefruit and could have easily served two. The presentation was definitely a plus. Topped with a tasty marinara sauce and a dollop of herbed ricotta, it was delicious and filling.

The main courses presented were: Pennoni, Zyr-vodka san Marzano sauce, or Wild Salmon, truffle honey mustard glaze, pomegranate, marinated fennel, or Organic Semi-boneless 10 oz Lemon Chicken Breast, pepperoncini Chile’s, and citrus dressing It was simply great. Given the choice, I would opt for the chicken. The main dishes come alone with no accompaniments. We tried a side of Horseradish Mash Potatoes and were disappointed. The potatoes were good but served cold.

The desert was the crowning jewel, offered were: Vanilla panna cotta with mix berry compote or Cannoli siciliani, ricotta impastata with chocolate chips, blood orange sorbetto. We opted for the Cannoli which was dreamy and could not have been better. It was paired with a lemon sorbet on a bed of pistachio nuts. I did not think the pistachio nuts was a good pairing for the sorbet, but I overlooked it since the cannoli was so good.

I really like DeVito's. The ambiance, decor, SoBe atmosphere, it's all there. What is also there are the SoBe prices. Of course if you go there on a Friday or Saturday night, you may very well run into some celebrities, or maybe even Danny DeVito himself. Treat yourself to a night at DeVito's, especially at Miami Spice prices. It's worth every penny.

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