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8888 SW 136th St. (US 1) 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 holds tightly to this contemporary, casual outpost which is his most informal restaurant and bar. Innovative Cal-Ital lights up an almost outdated menu and uses only the freshest ingredients. Distinctive brick-oven pizzas are a starter or a meal. Artisan salads are piled 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 Aventura families and New York snowbirds line up year after year right here. Also located at 18831 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-9004; and 7820 Glades Rd., Boca Raton 33434.


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