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Old Fashioned Italian Restaurant in Miami

For over 20 years my family and I would go to Villa Italia on Coral Way for a quick bite of classic American Italian food...chicken parm or marsala, great garlic rolls and a glass cheap red wine. Then out of the blue about a year ago it closed. We have been searching since for a good family italian restaurant where we can go in shorts or on a week night after work for a quick bite. There is always "The big cheese" in south miami but we were not impressed with the food and it seems as if there is always a line.

Anyone got any suggestions

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  1. Fanucci's is the best I can think of in sobe.

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    1. re: tpigeon

      Forget Fanuccis they are closed.

    2. bummer...I had been wanting to go there for years and when the time finally came, it was closed! That's a tuff one...especially in that neck of the woods. The guy from NY Roma in the Grove puts out some pretty good pizza and was properly trained in Brooklyn, you may want to give it a try. Also, try Miami's Best and Cozzoli's.

      1. Sicilian Italian Restaurant
        NW 67th Ave and the Palmetto in the Burger King Plaza

        1. Ciros Pizza and Italian Restaurant 13025 SW 89th pl.
          They have been across from the Falls for the past 23 years (George Mira's Pizza Huddle was in the same spot before that.) and truly can be called an Old Fashioned Italian Restaurant. They are far superior to the Big Cheese for Italian Food, Big Cheese is better for Pizza and their Caesar Salad.

          1. I used to enjoy Villa Italia too. It wasn't quite the greatest food in the world, but it was consistent, and reasonable - and it was probably also because my grandfather used to love going there.

            Randazzo's in the Gables (on Giralda) does simple old-school style Italian-American. Not as lengthy a menu as Villa Italia used to have, but the penne w/ meatballs (or meatballs and sausage) are solid.

            In North Beach, Cafe Prima Pasta hits the spot for us.

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            Prima Pasta Cafe
            414 NW 71st St, Miami, FL 33150

            Randazzo's Little Italy
            150 Giralda Ave, Miami, FL 33134

            1. Hi all, I was born in Miami and now live in N.Ga. but when I was kid in the mid 70's there was an Italian restaurant SOMEWHERE around town that had the walls covered in bottle-caps and always had the best food! (or at least to my tastes at the time lol) Does this place ring a bell with any of my fellow natives?? Its been driving me crazy for years!! would love to find an old pic of that place, inside or out!
              Peace to you and yours

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              1. re: inipi67

                THERE WAS A BOTTLE CAP INN RESTAURANT ON 119TH STREET JUST WEST OF 95 IN MIAMI YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS ALSO COVERED IN BOTTLE CAPS ON THE WALLS

              2. Nunzios on Bird Road about 114 Ave. Great family style Italian made by Italians.

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                1. re: brave man

                  Is it really oh-so-good? The place has plenty of fans, but I've never been able to get past the canned tomato sauce smell and try a proper meal.

                  I remember going years ago as a kid and thinking it was ok