Fiola in Coral Gables is a restaurant to remember. The food, service, atmosphere all reminded me of being back in Italy, a trip I took with my son, daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Evie for my 60th birthday.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Fabio and Maria Trabbochi. The duo also run its Michelin-stared original concept in Washington, D.C. The Florida coast was a popular travel destination so the culinary team opened a sister location in the Miami area.

The food is where Italy is mixed with Spain and then throw in the Miami influence. The plates are good size, the wine list is amazing and each serving in brought to you with design and thoughtfulness.

My daughter and I started with West Coast oysters, followed by homemade Burrata dotted with fresh fragrant pesto. Pasta came next – Lobster Ravioli, a signature dish and Cacio e Pepe with homemade Roman Shell pasta. Fresh fish rounded out dinner. We chose the Branzino which is perfectly cooked with a hint of lemon and melts in your mouth. Small or large portions are available so having several courses is doable.

Desert was spectacular. My favorite was the Tiramisu which was almost like a frothy latte only cold.

We loved every minute of dining at Fiola. The restaurant is open seven days a week, offering lunch from Tuesday-Friday, a Jazz Brunch on Sundays and dinner service Monday-Sunday. Located at 1500 San Ignacio Ave., Coral Gables.

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Lobster Ravioli