One of my best friends, and a foodie as well, lists Scarpetta as one of her favorites. I've heard so much about it, in fact, that I didn't even need to look at the menu-I knew to order the Spaghetti with tomato and basil.
Set in the Fountainbleu hotel, Scarpetta is a new, place-to-be-seen in Miami. Girls come in dressed more for a club than for dinner, and a chic lounge gives guests a place to wait for their tables...and here everyone waits for a table.
On this Saturday evening the place was bustling. We had to wait over a half hour and then were ushered outside to a humid, quite atmosphere...um no thanks. If I wanted that type of atmosphere I would have eaten Casa Tua. We requested to be seated inside, as it was my friend has just gotten her hair done, and five minutes outside would have ruined two hours worth of work. We were told it'd be another half hour for a table in doors, which was when I asked to speak to the manager. A very busy, but friendly man offered us complimentary drinks at the bar and told us the next table inside was to be ours. We were seated hardly five minutes later and presented with a beautiful array of breads and dips.
Everyone, from the bloggers to the doorman at the fountain bleu, seemed to be talking about the polenta appetizer. So I figured I had to try it. The presentation was beautiful. A tray with a dish full of creamy polenta next to a miniature pot full of a fricasse of truffled mushrooms. It was incredibly rich, almost too rich for an appetizer in my opinion, but it was delicious. The perfect thing to share.
For our entrees, we shared the ever-raved about spaghetti with tomato and basil as well as the mediterranean branzino. The pasta was so simple, but so wonderful. It was a thicker spaghetti and it had the perfect seasoning.
The branzino was a perfectly flakey white fish, with a wonderful cauliflower and lobster fricasse and ricotta gnocchi. It was so light and delicate but full of flavor. The gnocchi were a lovely little addition to the dish.
Scarpetta 4441 Collins Ave. (305) 674-4660