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Old Fashioned Italian Restaurant in Miami

MiamiSarah Nov 3, 2007 05:06 AM

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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    tpigeon RE: MiamiSarah Nov 3, 2007 06:53 AM

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

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      tpigeon RE: tpigeon Nov 3, 2007 10:36 AM

      Forget Fanuccis they are closed.

    2. netmover RE: MiamiSarah Nov 3, 2007 07:31 AM

      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. 2top RE: MiamiSarah Nov 3, 2007 11:43 AM

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

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          tes777 RE: MiamiSarah Nov 3, 2007 06:10 PM

          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. Frodnesor RE: MiamiSarah Nov 4, 2007 05:13 AM

            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.

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

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

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              inipi67 RE: MiamiSarah Feb 12, 2010 09:10 AM

              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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                seminole phil RE: inipi67 Feb 13, 2010 03:38 PM


              2. brave man RE: MiamiSarah Mar 3, 2010 04:51 PM

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

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                  Icantread RE: brave man Mar 4, 2010 07:59 AM

                  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

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