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Osteria del Teatro or Casa Tua?

W'ere headed to South Beach from Bostonnext Wednesday. For my birthday dinner, which of the two would get your vote?

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  1. This reply isn't so much about the food, but Casa Tua is much more charming for a birthday dinner in terms of the decor (and you can sit outside which you can't do at Teatro) and the food has been very good the two times I went. Teatro has no ambiance and is overly air-conditioned though I hear the food is great. Casa Tua is crazy expensive, I think more so than Teatro but that for someone else to comment on who's been to Teatro. Casa Tua is so pretty, it feels like a really special place.

    1. There is no comparison on service or food...Teatro.

      1. If you are all about food Teatro by a mile. If you are all about scene, casa tua by a mile :).

        I am all about food.

        1. How about Hosteria Romana? Doesn't that offer the best of both?

          1. No.
            Hosteria (Espanola) is more of comfort food italian, and though it is solid, it does not even come close to Osteria. Foodwise, comparing it to casa-tua is more interesting, keep in mind casa is at least 4x as expensive.

            As far as ambiance goes, I don't love it, the waiters are too loud with their live "music". I have to be in a certain mood to go there and I usually go very early to avoid the "music" thing. Hosteria is far more casual than Osteria btw...

            Casa used to be awesome, but 3 years ago the chef left. Never was the same after that.