Downtown Italian

Il Gabbiano

Il Gabbiano has long been considered one of the go-to Italian restaurants in Miami for its food. Nonetheless, it’s oceanfront location on One Miami is not something to take for granted either!

The Place

Walking through the long hallway lands you straight at this restaurants elongated marble bar. High windows make up the entirety of the far “wall,” allowing for an uninterrupted view of the bay. White tablecloth covers every table, both in- and outdoors. The best place in the restaurant is definitely the terrace, especially if the weather is enjoyable. The resonating ambiance of Il Gabbiano is elegant, and the servers’ knowledge of the dishes tells you you’re in for some fine dining.

The Food

  • Cheese & bread. On the house.
  • Grilled octopus. Although the flavor was good, it was overcooked and tasted too much of carbon.
  • Burrata. A cheese and prosciutto platter. Hard to go wrong with this one!
  • Scaloppine all pizzaiola. This dish is veal accompanied by a variety of vegetables. I was not overly amazed with the flavor; again, it is good, but it was missing a little more spices, more kick.
  • Branzino al forno. Definitely should have gone with this one instead of the veal! Very good flavor, texture and serving size.
  • Capellini all’Arrabbiata. It was very good, but very spicy. Had to stop every few bites to let the spicy-ness subdue.
    Tiramisu. Oh. My. God. I could go back just for this. A must order dessert!!

The Bar

  • Old Fashion. Strong drink, but if you’ve ever had it, you’re familiar with the flavor. Not the best one, though.

Disclaimer: Il Gabbiano doesn’t have a cocktail menu; what it offers is a comprehensive list of wines and hard liquors.

Last Comments

I came to Il Gabbiano with very high expectations, and unfortunately, the restaurant did not meet those expectations with all of its dishes. The Branzino was spectacular, as was the Tiramisu, but the other dishes didn’t quite match the acclaim I had been hearing for so long. It is overall a good restaurant, but I hope next time I can instead say it was “amazing.”

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