Wednesday, June 11, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Italian Restaurant
You could say tonight's Best of South Florida is a good. If you're looking for large portions and a load of flavor, then take it from our viewers they found an Italian meal that says amore.
(WSVN) -- Perfect pesto... tangy tomato sauce - when it comes to Italian food, sometimes even the aroma alone is worth the wait.
But if you want something that really sizzles then try Our Viewers' Third Choice - the Ogie Cafe in North Bay Village.
"We are changing and doing things and seeing the response of the clientel and trying to make them feel at home."
We don't know if you'll feel at home, but you'll definitely feel wined and dined.
Even the North Bay Village Mayor gives his vote of approoval.
"It's really helping the city ... and we're really proud of them and the award that they're getting."
Not to mention the award winning staff that works hard to make special days magnifico.
"It's my seventh year wedding anniversary."
And what better way to celebrate than with good food and good company.
"Thank you, Happy Anniversary."
Now, if you're looking to do some dining Al Fresco ... Prima Pasta in Miami Beach is the Second Best Place to go.
"Prima pasta has a very magical touch. And the energy of the restaurant is unbelievable."
Unbelievable that you can get such a great meal in such a casual atmosphere.
"Great Atmosphere, great people, great ambiance and it's lots of fun. It's the perfect place to bring a date."
Perfect for just about any occassion.
Prima Pasta was started as a family business...literally.
"My father was really good with the food ... and my mom with bread and pastries."
And to this day mom and dad are still coming up with new items for the menu.
"And if you haven't tried Our Viewers Number One Pick in a couple of years, it's time to visit the Olive Garden again ... look at this place, all the restaurants across the country have been remodeled to make you feel like you are in the heart of Tuscany. And that is where the Olive Garden's Culinary School is located, so you are in for some authentic tuscan treats."
"I cook gourmet meals all the time, but I just love the Olive Garden and I can't compete with that."
But who can compete with food like this... even the beverages are bravo.
"We offer free wine sampling on Friday and Saturday nights in the lobby, so that we can pass our wine knowledge onto our guests."
From the vino to the ziti...
You know what they say, when you're here, you're family.
"When I walk in here, I have some sort of Italian blood in my background. The music, the people, the food..."
There is something for everyone.
Whether you're counting calories or just counting on a good time, this is the place to be.
"It's made right, it's flavored right. It's delicious. Not matter what you order. Fish, meat, spaghetti."
Next week, what are you going to do with the kids? We'll show you the Area's Best Public Parks.
Also, don't forget to vote for South Florida's Best Lingerie Store.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
1740 79th Street Cswy
Miami Beach, FL 33141-4218
Prima Pasta Cafe
414 71st St
Miami Beach, FL 33141-3016
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
18101 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33160-2535