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7820 Glades Rd. (Florida’s Turnpike) Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily

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: Mega-restaurateur Dennis Max swept into Miami and cleaned up in the early ’90s, then moved north to greener pastures. Lucky for us, he still has a tight hold on this contemporary, casual outpost which is his most informal restaurant and bar. Innovative Cal-Ital made with the freshest ingredients lights up a menu of an otherwise traditional menu. Distinctive brick-oven pizzas are a starter or a meal. The same can be said of truly artisan salads that are piled high and packed with exotic mushrooms, grilled seafood, chicken or fresh grilled vegetables. If you can neither avoid the rush by arriving before 7 p.m. or after 10 p.m., nor stand the wait for a table, grab a stool at the enormous eat-in bar. Service can be slow, but there’s no shortage of drinkable wines by the glass, or of hearth-baked breads and focaccia to sustain you through your wait. Portions are mammoth, yet prices are gentle, so it’s no wonder Boca families and New York snowbirds line up year after year for no-brainer, affordable cuisine. Also located at 8888 SW 136th St., Miami, 305-234-1010; and 18831 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-9004.


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