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Name : John Couriel

Occupation: Attorney

Lives In: : Miami, FL

Restaurant Pick: Fiorito

Reviewed: Fiorito

In a city jammed with pan-Latin hipsterdom, Fiorito is uniquely, unrepentantly homey. Everything has an abuelita’s touch. The empanadas are flaky and rich; the provoleta, a slab of grilled cheese that sizzles with olive oil and house made chorizo, is perfectly gooey and charred; the octopus is so soft, it tastes like it was massaged to death. The main event doesn’t disappoint: meats are perfectly charred and beautifully salted. And abuelita makes pasta, too. The lamb ragut papardelle cooked all day (the sauce) and just a few seconds (the fresh, perfectly al dente ribbons of pasta) in the right measure. For dessert, you could do worse than a marzipan inflected torta de almendras. The flan—you guessed it, also homemade—comes with a dollop of rich dulce de leche, the kind Argentines stuff into crepes, and then themselves, when they want to feel at home. Come for the meat, stay for everything else. Good, homestyle cooking that gets the little things right – crunchiness of the fries, ooze of the cheese.

Name: Trudy Azarsepandan

Occupation: Family Law Attorney

Lives In: Coral Gables, FL

Restaurant Pick:Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Fiorito

We found parking quickly at the funky restaurant walked in and we were greeted quickly. Our host suggested a table and we sat down. Our waitress came over, brought us water and took our appetizer orders. We ordered the octopus and a cheese dish. Both came out within 15 minutes and were delicious! The appetizers were by far the highlight of the meal. We ordered a flank steak, short ribs and a specialty steak. The steaks were disappointing. They were not cooked at the required temperature and the fries were soggy but the meal ended with a rich and decadent chocolate mousse topped with white chocolate chips and fresh berries. Fiorito is perfect for a soccer enthusiast there were great posters from the 80s.

Name: Eyda Jove

Occupation: Fashion Design Instructor

Lives In: Pembroke Pines, FL

Restaurant Pick: Eddie's Thai

Reviewed: Fiorito

Finding Fiorito was a little challenging. I had to call the restaurant and one of the employees was outside on the wood porch guiding me. That was very nice of them. The parking was very small and tight. When you go in, it has outside seating on the wooden porch. It is divided into two main rooms, one like a farm house with a lot of wood, dimmed lights, and a bar with a good selection of wines. The other one with lots light, white walls, vey shabby chic. When we got seated, we noticed that even the utensils did not match, which we thought it was kind of fun. There was the Argentinian flag on one wall and some Argentinian decorations. It seems that this restaurant is in an up and coming neighborhood. The server brought to the table an oven hot piece of bread with a side of tomato chimichurri. My friend said that the bread was hot, crispy and soft inside. He ordered the Sopa de Calabaza and the Pulpo a la Plancha.

The Calabaza Soup was made with butternut squash, and had provolone cheese and chili oil. He thought it was very tasty and the provolone was a nice touch because it was a mild type of cheese and it did not take over the butternut taste. The grilled Octopus was served with romesco sauce, a little bit of peppers escabeche and a mint chimichurri sauce. It was presented beautifully. He said the octopus was cooked perfect and not chewy. I ended up eating the escabeche peppers because he does not like peppers, I have to say they were pretty good. I ordered the Parrillada de Vegetales without the cheese. It came with tomato chimichurri. They were good, especially the mushroom. I wish they had two pieces of mushroom instead of the two pieces of zucchini and yellow squash. Also, I ordered the Hand Cut French Fries. They were very good, served in tin cup and wrapped on wax paper. Afterwards we ordered the Almond Tart, and he ordered the cappuccino. The almond tart was good, not the best I had but good. Not too sweet and came with strawberry sauce and a few berries on the plate. The check came in a tin can. That was a cute detail. I will recommend this restaurant if you like Parrilladas.

Restaurant Information

Location: 5555 NE 2nd Ave, Little Haiti, Florida
Parking: Complimentary valet
Phone: N/A
Restaurant Owners: Christian and Max Alvarez
Executive Chef: Christian Alvarez
Pastry Chef: Christian Alvarez

Type of Cuisine: Argentinian
Signature Dishes: Octopus, Molletas, Short rib, NY Steak
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Beer and wine
Corkage Fee: $15
Bottle Limit: No

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday –12PM-10PM 
Tuesday –12PM-10PM 
Wednesday – 12PM-10PM 
Thursday –12PM-10PM 
Friday – 12PM-11PM 
Saturday – 12PM-11PM 
Sunday –12PM-10PM

Meals Served: Steak, salads, octopus, polenta cheese, chorizo
Prix Fix Menu: If requested
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: Yes
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $35
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $20
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: Yes/ use open table
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: Anytime

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Relaxed casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 140 Seats
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Entertainment: Sometimes