Have you ever wanted to eat your way through Europe like Julia Roberts did in that movie? Or forget about a terrible, nearly crippling divorce by abandoning your life and moving to Tuscany and learn how to really eat like Diane Lane did in that other movie? Yea, me too! Ehh... let me be clear: I have selective memory, so when I reference these movies, I am only speaking of the food. How amazing did all that food look?!? Now, I know Miami is a long way from Italy but if you wanna eat, pray, love it up like Julia did, Fratelli La Bufala is a good start! (for the food part anyway). I'm telling you people, this is where the real Italian food is!! I came accross this place one night after a gig on South Beach. I am hooked. The place itself has an elegantly simple, relaxed atmosphere, which I am a huge fan of. My guess is, however, you will be more enchanted with the food.
We started with some prosecco, focaccia, and a platter of italian cheeses, cured meats, and marinated veggies. Yes. THAT is how you start a meal...sort of a way to let your stomach know what the business is. I can't go through all the dishes that were ordered because there were like nine of us at that table, but I can definitely recommend the following (all pictured below):
I had the Tortiglioni Alla Nerano: zucchini, provola cheese, cherry tomatoes, and speck in a creamy white sauce. Speck, I was told, is a type of smoked Italian ham. Delicious. However, if you are on a date and are only going to order two main dishes, let them be these: the Garganelli and the Paccheri. Garganelli is a type of pasta, but in this menu, it's a bowl made purely of parmesan cheese that is filled with garganelli, bufala sausage, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and cacio bufala cheese in a creamy white sauce. I should have had you at "bowl made of parmesan cheese." Paccheri, is also just a type of pasta. In this menu however, it's tossed with sauteed bell peppers, eggplant and smoked bufala mozzarella in a cherry tomato sauce. What a delight. Our band director, who is always yelling in Italian, said it tasted like it came right out of Grandma's kitchen. If that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is! Take my advice and do the eat pray love thing there. Although, in my case I would pray first then eat. Love always.
Buen provecho! xoxo, Ro ;)