Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana
Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana

Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caramiasobe.com/
  • Phone: 3053978624x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm Saturday & Sunday
    Dinner: 5pm - 11pm Sun-Thurs. Till midnight Fri - Sat
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Chef Alessandro DiMaggio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our restaurant is capable of providing off-site catering for large groups, special events, and private functions for any occasion. In addition to our standard menu selections we can create custom menus to suit individual needs. For further information contact: Tim Traub at (305)397-8624 or email: TimTraub@CaraMiaSobe.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for large groups, special events, and private functions for any occasion. In addition to our standard menu selections we can create custom menus to suit individual needs and budgets in either our private patio, main dining room/bar or entire space.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Traub 3053978624x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th & 11th Street - Public Parking Garage on 10th street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Hourly Covered Public Parking Garage located around the corner on 10th Street between Alton Road & West Ave. across from Whole Foods Market or Metered Street Parking available throughout.
A word from Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana
Cara Mia an Italian Trattoria serving locals in and around South Beach is the latest creation of famed Milanese restaurateur Luigi Coppolino. His unique ability to tap into local neighborhood scenes, understand its needs, its culinary trends and brings things together is amazing. Come see for yourself, you wont be disappointed! Mangia....
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Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (7)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (4)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (2)Show More
  • Italia in Florida
    nofastfood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wir haben draussen gegessen. Es hat leicht gewindet. Das war sehr angenehm. Die Speisen wurden frisch zubereitet und wurden heiss serviert. Top Qualität und sehr attraktive Preise. Das dessert war die Krönung. Warmer Schokoladekuchen mit Vanille Eis... GENIAL .... Man merk sofort, dass das Lokal von einem Italiener geführt wird! viva italia
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in all if Miami!
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 40th here. The service was impeccable and the food was absolutely delicious. It truly was authentic Italian food. They took such great care of us and made our event so special. The manager also came out with the special Tiramasu cake and champagne for our entire party of 12! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The price was great, the food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent food and service! Love this place. Definetly will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here for a group dinner for a bachelorette party and the bride was very pleased. Service was excellent and the good was phenomenal, we all ordered different options and everyone had nothing but good things to say about their choice. Small, intimate place with delicious food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lexy01
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment you walk in, until the minute you leave you really feel at home. Very cozy place with excellent food and service. We sat outside and it was so relaxing. Drinks were great too. Def recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely neighborhood restaurant
    CTJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I think they've been hurt by the Alton Road construction work, but we had an almost empty restaurant. Gigi, the owner, served us and he was great. The food is good, not great, but consistently so. They have an early bird special (before 7) which is around $20 for appetizer, entree, and dessert - a rare bargain in South Beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Gr8 restaurant I ate pasta there and it was awesome. .. place is quite, clean and romantic I would say romantic too The staff were very friendly Just go there!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    restaurant has quiet, and romantic atmosphere. the salads,wine and main entrees were both plenty and fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very italian
    nesnah
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we are often in Italy and know italian food quiet well. Cara mia could be in Milan. Very good food, friendly waiters. Unfortunately there is a huge construction site in front of the restaurant and parking is very limited. But it's always worth a try! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian food
    Miamibeachlover
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I went to Cara Mia with 4 of my friends for a nice girl's dinner. From the appetizers to the main entree everything was delicious. The staff and owner were very nice and welcoming. The food and ambiance was very authentic Italian and I would certainly eat here again when in Miami Beach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Cara Mia Trattoria Italiana reviews archive.
  • So VERY Glad We Found Cara Mia!!
    ronandmary
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    When you take a family of Italian foodies with exquisite palates who are wine snobs to try an Italian restaurant the chance for disappointment is high. Cara Mia Trattoria blew us all away. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by owner Gigi (Louigi to the moment we departed we were delighted at every turn. The food was fresh, authentic, & graciously served. The depth of the sauces, the garden-fresh zucchini soup, the perfect al dente of the pasta, plus an impressive wine list, mmmmm desserts, & real limoncello in a funky, fifties sort of Italian bistro atmosphere satisfied taste buds and hearts. Really. All this at great prices. We were so happy. I could go on, but you should just go. Go Go Go eat at Cara Mia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WORST service
    Bianca
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to Cara Mia before and it has been great, which is why I was so surprised at the absolutely awful service I received this time around. I had made a reservation for 12 on Mother's Day. We showed up about 10 minutes early for our reservation, but they seated us right away. The restaurant was quite empty. The server came to take our order, and although his English was questionable, everything seemed fine. An hour later, we received our first basket of bread. 35 minutes after that, half of the table received their meals (surprisingly the ones who had order lunch instead of breakfast). 20 minutes after that - by the time everyone else had finished - the remaining people got their meals. Also took another 20 minutes to get the check.
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  • True Italian in Miami
    FPepoonVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The best really, truly Italian food in Miami. The owner greeted us at the door, ensured we were comfortable and made excellent recommendations. My fresh, house-made carrot soup was delicious. The mushroom risotto was perfection, with a wonderful depth of flavor from the caramelized mushrooms, and my salmon was perfectly cooked. A lovely glass of limoncello topped off our meal. And we were allowed to sit and savor the meal for as long as we liked, just like in Italy. It's in an odd location and doesn't seem to get much traffic, which is all the better to have a quiet, leisurely dinner with friendly staff and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot! A Must Go!
    BisceroVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We live in Miami Beach and we just happened to walk by this restaurant. We've been several times for the bottomless mimosas on Sunday. The staff is excellent and the food even better. Truly authentic Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find
    Foodfan
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    A little bit off the beaten track, compared with ocean drive or Lincoln road, but well worth it. Very reasonable prices, great service and very pleasant ambiennce.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just good food!
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Calamari fritti is an excellent appetizer. Tasty, not too chewy, with an excellent sauce. I tried the penne bolognese because this sauce isn't easy to do well . Very good here! Zesty & sapporoso. My wife had shrimp on greens (a special) & was pleased. All in all a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Brunch
    RamziVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went this on Saturday April 5 - 6 people - the brunch starts at 11:30AM and runs till 3PM. I believe we were there until 4 and still getting Mimosas!. Awesome food, delicious, and tasty. Very professional and friendly service. Manager on floor making sure you have all you need and take care of all. It was our first trip there for a brunch, if you are local you must try it. if you are visiting it's a stop that you will remember for long time. Dinner is very good too, not long time ago we had great pastas there, so if you are not a brunch person, try to stop for the dinner. You will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise
    Golden
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was unexpectedly good. Service very friendly. We ate outside and it was very comfortable. Definitely recommend great for a neighborhood spot .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to the last drop
    elimarVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Tasty and hot. Smallish restaurant. I enjoyed the marinara sauce that was a good balance with the oregano and basil. Pasta homemade and cooked as requested. Neighborhood gem that always serves up a satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find neighborhood gem
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Stumbled upon this after extreme hyped Miami food scene that can be inconsistent though the prices stay high. Fresh food prepared with love. Simple but fresh Italian. Kind staff! Get the spaghetti with basil and tomato. Chicken piccata a little dry and salty, but could be just me. DH enjoyed veal Marsala. Wine fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    LeoneVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was very good, however service was poor at best. Waiter removed forks and knifes after we finished our appetizer and he didn’t bring a clean set when the main course arrived. Even after I asked, he said sorry and quicky left our table which I thought he would come back immediately, but he forgot yet again. I walked over to a table next to us and took a set. At the end of the evening while clearing our table the waiter spilled a glass of wine. The almost a full glass of wine was spilled all over my daughter's pants. The waiter apologized and brought napkins to soak up the wine, but didn’t replace the glass of wine, nor did he offer to pay for the dry cleaning. Very disappointing experience.
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  • This restaurant is wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This restaurant is wonderful! The service could not have been better and we were so happy to have found it while on vacation. The nice walk is not far from the main strip of restaurants. The food was delicious and the menu was large enough without being overwhelming. We even got to try the limoncello for free! I definitely recommend it and we will be back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic italian
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Dined outside. Very good ceasar salad and excellent eggplant dish . The waiters were very attentive. I would highly recommend.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a great meal with a great atmosphere. The pasta, salads and wine were fantastic. We would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy great Italian!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Away from the hubub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nice to get away from the busy-ness of South Beach by going over to this neighborhood spot on Alton Ave.! Good classic Italian dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian
    Claudio
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    A charming little restaurant where the food is authentic, the service attentive and the dining experience is exceptional. From the moment I was greeted in Italian to the complimentary limoncello, everything was perfect. Ask Gabriele for a table in the garden, have a glass of prosecco and imagine you are in a trattoria in toscana. Best of all you do not have to pay in euros for a great dinner. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great brunch experience. Fantastic food and service. I will definitely visit again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and portions
    SeafoodVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Upon arrival the hosted greated us and we were taken to a very nice table. The service was great and the food portiins generous. The past was very good.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great respite from South Beach
    gattoVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    After dining in several hyped South Beach restaurants, it was a joy to come here. The food is very good. The garden is delightful. The servers go out of their way to make sure you are happy. A real neighborhood gem.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic and fun
    KCSherman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Fun Italian restaurant with excellent, authentic/original dishes. Ambience is fun with photos of famous Italian show biz stars on the walls and a bar TV quietly playing "Roman Holiday" nonstop.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    Stewart
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a 6:45 reservation, that I was able to get the night before (thankfully). I reviewed the restaurant on Yelp first. I do not recall the exact name of the dishes we had, but I had the steak, medium rare, and my lady had the seafood pasta. Both were excellent. We ordered a $50 bottle of Pinot with the meal, recommended by our server- it paired nicely. The service was on par with the food. The one thing I noticed most was attention to detail. Servers were quick to take plates and replace napkins, keeping everything almost the same as when you first sat down. Lastly, when the bill arrived, the Maître d (I believe) brought it over himself- little touches that make a big difference in the overall experience. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had hoped for a little better
    CDNMoose
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I were in Miami Beach for business, and wouldn't be able to go to a local favourite for valentines day. I needed to find something romantic, with great food. The location is convenient to get to, the place is nice, especially the terrace where we ate. The staff was friendly, but not overly attentive, and the kitched messed up so we waited over an hour for our food. Generally the meal was quite tasty, although the seafood in my risotto tasted a little old (fishy) and there were chunks of shell throughout. Very off putting. The manager when we spoke to him upon leaving ( had to go find him) was appologetic, and offered us a free bottle of wine for our next visit. I'd definitely give them a second chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another terrific meal
    DCC52VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Thanks - pasta was perfect, salad superb and the chicken first rate.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully surprised
    SuburbanFarmer
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Surprisingly good hidden gem in Miami beach that won't break the bank. I took some folks there for a business dinner and everyone said it was the best dinner they'd had all week. Given that appetizers, dinner, wine, dessert, and coffees came to just over $50 pp it's hard to beat!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    My husband and I were in Miami Beach and looked for a different restaurant than the usual high-priced, high profile feeding venues, most of whom we had tried. We had heard there was an excellent small Italian restaurant on Alton Road. And, indeed, what a great place in turned out to be. The service could not have been better. The pasta and the caprese were likewise superb. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real Italy in Miami
    NPineault
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    If you're looking for an Italian in Miami, you've found it. Authentic meals, amazing service, and the feeling that you're sitting outside in Firenze when you close your eyes. Try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has Potential but Not Fabulous
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The restaurant has so much potential but fell short in both the food and service areas.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful neighborhood gem
    CSOBE
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    On recommendation of a friend, I tried Cara Mia and was very pleasantly surprised by the trendy interior, very good food, friendly wait staff and reasonable prices. One of the owners seated me and encouraged me to take a look at their outdoor space, even though it was too cool to sit there that night. The ambiance inside is modern but with a nod to mid-last century Italy, with terrific photos on the wall from famous Italian films. They even had La Dolce Vita playing on the TV over the bar! The music was also period, and a refreshing change from the trend of most restaurants now to play loud electronic music. The regular menu prices are also some of the lowest on the beach for quality food. I will definitely be a regular at this restaurant.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sunday brunch on the patio!
    CaraMiaBrunchRegularVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Once again, we really enjoyed a lovely Sunday afternoon brunch on the patio! It's so gorgeous and a wonderful time when the weather is beautiful. I went with the Eggs Benedict again and it was fantastic (as always)! And of course, bottomless mimosas! Still our favorite brunch spot and as every other comment I've left before, definitely worth eating here (all the time).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Cacio e pepe!
    Threesisters
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My sisters and I visited this restaurant on a Saturday night. We were seated in the middle of a long table which could seat 12 (nice if you like conversation). There were also other more private tables. The food was delicious and the staff was fantastic. I have had cacio e pepe in Rome and this one reminded me of the original - creamy, buttery and delicious. They served limoncello on the house at the end. The prices were reasonable. I would definitely go back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.