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Jul 23, 2012 10:36 AM


Anyone been? I've been meaning to check it out and saw an article on eater-miami, but some of the sources they used were sketchy.

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  1. I have only been once (1st week it was open)and I plan on going back before I pass final judgement. Based on my 1 visit It is my least favorite of the 4 pubbelly restaurants. The food wasn't bad, but really nothing special. Most everything on the menu is pretty heavy and I think they could benefit by adding a few more dishes.

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    1. re: SobeChower

      I'm with you....I had an enjoyable meal (veal dish), but I am not going to say it had a wow factor or was anywhere close to some of the best Italian meals I've had, let alone in Miami--(Il Gabbiano, on the other hand is a different story altogether). Good, don't get me wrong but I have not been back. Maybe on an upcoming visit I will give it another shot. I sat at the bar and the wine was free flowing--I will give them credit for that.

      1. re: El Chevere

        I would eat at Macchialina 10x before Gabbiano. Escarole salad w preserved lemon, broccoli al cesare, house made porchetta, polenta w sausage ragu, spaghetti vongole are all better than anything I've ever eaten at Gabbiano, which I find to be pretty generic pedestrian food most notable for all the other stuff they bring to the table (bruschetta, parmesan, fried zucchini, etc.). To each his own I suppose.

        Just a FYI, since the post you're responding to goes back to 2012 - Macchialina is no longer a Pubbelly restuarant, PB sold it to chef Michael Pirolo and GM Jen Chaefsky a year or so ago.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          I am going to Spinal Tap this and say I would eat at Macchialina 11x before Gabbiano. Macchialina's pasta and polenta are works of art. Gabbiano's are not.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            actually, this thread had a reply as recently as of March 23 of this year--2 weeks ago, and my experience at Macchialina was within the past year under the new ownership but I do agree, to each his own. Polenta does nothing for me and I'll have to go back and give a pasta dish a shot (as mentioned, had veal my one and only visit) so I can have an apples to apples comparison.

      2. cardiologist approved portions at lincoln road prices at an alton road setting.An unusually creative eggplant parm was the highlight.Needed 2 entrees afterward to feel full.Eat before you get there and you'll enjoy it.Good food but not good value.

        1. Their polenta, stromboli and pastas are great. Their porkchop might be the best in town. It is superb and is the best thing they got.

          BTW to maximize value, get the chef's choice of cheeses and meats and a pork chop. I agree with the sentiment that the pastas are small for the price. But they are great.

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          1. re: tpigeon

            If the stromboli is anything like the one at Scarpetta, I'm sure it'll rock. May go this w/e. Thank you all for the info.

          2. I had a wonderful dinner here last week. I started with a pasta with rock shrimp and clams, followed by veal saltimboca with a side of broccoli rabe. I was very impressed with the texture of the pasta and seafood. The pasta was firm yet the seafood remained tender. Other than being a tad salty, the dish was perfect. The veal was similarly on the salty side, but otherwise a very good dish. I believe the pasta was $26 and the veal $24. Prices are very reasonable to me, but I'm from the DC area.

            1. Recent story on local news, featuring the Sunday dinner at $39pp.

              Has anyone been for the Sunday dinner?
              I emailed them to ask if the same $39 price applies to kids, but would appreciate any other feedback as well.

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              1. re: non sequitur

                I did it and enjoyed it. It is not as refined as their usual fare and the portions are larger. I believe the price applies to kids as well though.