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Aug 30, 2008 09:23 AM

Mattarello in Sobe

I have not been to italy, but I seriously had the best roman style pizza in my life there (far, far superior to pizza rustica) just now. I was lucky and it came right out of the oven. I also had the profiterole which was very, very good and the croissants which are the best on the beach (I wish they were a little more buttery though, but obvously that is a bias of mine). Everything looked homemade and great and it is downright cheap.

This place is better than the herald described it. Must go. Only downside is it is a place to grab a bite to eat as it is too small to support decent seating.

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    Mattarello 1450 Washington Ave. 786-547-9590

    4 Replies
    1. re: advisor_Girl

      I went last week for lunch and the Mass (one of the owners) made a roast beef sandwich for me. It was delicious! Chunks of imported Parmesan cheese, arugula, imported olive oil...I was in heaven. An Orangina on the side and I was good to go. My friend had the pasta of the day which was penne with smoked salmon. he said it was very good. Great addition to the neighborhood!

      1. re: Skeeta

        Place has been packed breakfast, lunch and dinner lately. Really good food. Good to see nice people do well. Hopefully when they move it won't be to far away.

        1. re: rockysobe

          Do you have any specific info about moving or are you making an assumption based on how busy they are?

          1. re: tpigeon

            Oops, sorry, just based on how busy they are.

    2. Yeah, there is no need to go anywhere else on the beach for an Italian lunch. This place is the bomb and a half. My wife (YomyB) and I passed by this morning to check it out and get some coffee - tasted a cannolli and had to go back for lunch. I walked in to get takeout, and looked around for a menu or price list - or even labels as to what the food was. Nothing. This is not a bad thing - in fact, it reminded me of going to a typical tavola calda in Italy. Then I looked around and realized that not a word of English was being spoken - until the nice guy behind the counter asked me what I would like. I just pointed to various things, he suggested others, and we quickly filled up two large to-go containers with a hefty assortment - way too much for two people. Half a focaccia and two doughnuts later, my total was $27 - very reasonable. I asked one of the owners what their hours were, and he said, well, they stay open until around 8 pm - 8 to 8, unless the food runs out sooner, and then start the new production the next day - different foods. I took it home and we went to town - the food is excellent - just right, and very authentic. I'm more than sold. It was really like being back in Italy, from the food to the laid-back attitude.

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      1. re: Mr. yomyb

        I usually ask the one of the owners "what is good today" have not been disappointed yet :).

        1. re: Mr. yomyb

          There are a couple of things on the lunch/brunch menu at sardinia that I think keep it as an option :). The biggest problem with Mattarello is that it is not the best place in the world to sit and eat.

          1. re: Mr. yomyb

            We have been back so many times...NEVER dissapointed... in fact it tastes like great home cooking which is refreshing in SoBe. I love the plain focaccia and desserts!!!

          2. Disagree on this one. Tried it a couple of times now and the Pizza reminds me of the stuff the served in my school cafeteria and/or an Elio's frozen pizza (late night college snack...)
            I'm a big zucchini fan and didn't love the zucchini focaccia. It was just okay. I've also tried a couple different panini's. They were better but not great. Really don't care for the focaccia.
            I have not tried any of their hot dishes yet so maybe they are better. I'm willing to give them a shot.

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            1. re: The Chowfather

              I enjoyed it my first time there and hope to go again. The hot dishes are definitely good so it is worth a second chance and they rotate so it is not the same thing every day. While it is not the best place to sit and eat, you can eat and run as it is a good quick meal place or for lunch.

              1. re: The Chowfather

                CF buy a slice at next door at rustica, buy a slice at martarello. Compare the two then come back to us :). BTW ever try the fruit tarts or the cannolis (called them lobster rolls in ny). Both awesome.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  TP, I agree with you almost always and really want to like this place but everything I've had has been average at best. Moreover, I was born and raised in NY and love pizza (all kinds) but theirs is just ehhh.

                  1. re: The Chowfather

                    Hot foods are great...give them a try!