giovedì 5 settembre 2013

Eating (real) Italian at Miami Beach

Along with Spaghetti alla Carbonara, those at Cacio e Pepe are my favorites.
It does not take two weeks that I do not eat them at home or at the restaurant.

For anyone who is even remotely cooking expert and he has already cooked, it is known that a good Cacio e Pepe can not be improvised.
We must ensure that the "cream", as I call it, is not too runny but not even that is curdled risking to form 
terrible lumps of cheese.

picture for courtesy of Pane al pane..vino al vino blog

This brings us to the point: on where I ate the best Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe until now.
When you think of Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe you immediately think about Rome, or Lazio area at least.
But not in my case! I ate the best Cacio e Pepe in Miami Beach , at 'Hosteria Romana'  .

When travelling I usually eat in local restaurants and  deliberately avoid Italian restaurants , sure to never find the food as I would expect it.
This time, however , after 20 days traveling around Florida and after so many steaks, burgers , lobster and tilapia ( most commonly fish  cooked in the U.S.) I decided to take a chance and try this restaurant. 
From the outside it seemed quite inviting. And I assure you that I wasn't disappointed at all!

The staff is almost all Italian, first-generation Italian .The list offers a good variety of appetizers and, as suggested by of one of the owners , I tasted the ham cut with a knife .As main courses, I could not resist the temptation of Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe that there twinkling from the menu. 
I have to admit , there was a lot of hesitation and a little 'fear' in relation to the pasta point of cooking  .
But : surprise ! A perfect Cacio e Pepe indeed! Spaghetti cooked al dente , perfect "cream"  and a final sprinkling of fresh pepper which crowned the dish .

Alas a few negative notes are:
  • in the menu we found the famous ( for Americans ) Fettuccine Alfredo . I've always wondered what they are, since in all Italian menus in the U.S. I can find them . But do Americans know that in Italy we do not have the faintest idea of what they are?
  • the bill was a bit expensive, either because we are in Miami Beach, or because the restaurant is located in a very tourist area ( Espanola Way ), but $ 90 for two ( 2 starters , 2 main courses, water , wine and real Italian coffee) are a tad too much. Especially when you think that in the U.S. you can eat a full meal for much less.

picture for courtesy of Daniel Schereck

Hosteria Romana
429 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL

2 commenti:

  1. che tuffo nel passato! L espanola way mi è piaciuta da matti.. anche se fin troppo turistica. Io ho mangiato spagnolo li.. che salasso! :(

    1. Mi sa che lì è un salasso un po' ovunque....


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