August 12th, 2016
820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
What I tried:
HIT: Mad love for Chef Pirolo, but this is like having to choose a favorite child. I will have to call it a tie between the Polenta and the Cavatelli. Both are swoon worthy. I took great pleasure in swirling my spoon around to scoop up every last bit of that hot and creamy polenta (subtly enhanced by a Proper Sausages ragu). Just writing about the cavatelli now (weaved in with some baby meatballs, savory porchetta, and a touch of pecorino) makes me want to wrap this up and drive down.
MISS: It’s because I love Pirolo’s food so much that I must now dish out some tough love. We need an updated menu; I’ve been having the same items every year, Miami Spice or not. I know it’s easy to highlight successful items already listed on the regular menu during Spice season. That’s great for newcomers, but what about the rest of us? Miami Spice is the perfect time to introduce new dishes or showcase some that perhaps aren’t around throughout the year. C’mon! Spice it up!