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De Luca

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You know, when people who are not from Miami, think of Miami, they ususally automatically think of Miami Beach (specifically, South Beach).  They forget about Kendall, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Midtown or the other areas of Miami that make up the actual Miami.  Even LeBron James kept saying "I'm taking my talents to South Beach."  Who could forget that? Not Cleveland! J/K. Look, I'm assuming the talents he spoke of were basketball related, so he really should've just said "I'm taking my talents to Miami." No, no, don't get me wrong, Le Bron and the rest of The Heat have done us proud! So I think we can let that slide, even though we all know The American Airlines Arena is in Downtown, not South Beach.  Ahhh there. Been wanting to get that off my chest for a couple of years now... But I digress.  So back to South Beach.  Why is that the default image people access in their minds? Because it's world famous! And speaking of Miami Beach, what's more South Beach than Lincoln Road! (OK maybe Ocean Drive, but that's another blog post).  Lincoln Road is full of restaurants and shops where one can spend a whole afternoon eating, drinking, shopping, dodging the crazies, eating again... One restaurant in particular has my attention: De Luca.  Why? Well, long story short, I'm very picky about marinara sauce and theirs is really good!  However, on my last visit to this idyllic restaurant, I skipped the marinara in hopes of bringing you more recommendations :) Here goes:

we started with the arugula, crab, and avocado salad.  Is there any one of those ingredients that didn't just sound like heaven? I didn't think so.  It was, in a word, delicious.  For the main course, I decided to go with the truffle ravioli: a yummy combination of cheese stuffed ravioli, truffle oil and wild mushrooms all swimming in a parmigiano broth.  Mmmmm.  My friend ordered the truffle risotto. It was the special, so I had high hopes.  Maybe too high.  It was a hearty combination of pancetta, peas, mascarpone cheese and, of course, truffle oil.  I can't say it didn't taste good, but I wish the pancetta would've been a little more cooked.  So did my friend, so maybe it's a personal choice that is shared by more than one person. Take from that what you will :) Moral of the story, I recommend their Spaghetti Marinara and Truffle Ravioli.  All in all, it's still a nice little place to duck out of the Lincoln Road craziness, and have a nice meal with a good glass of wine.  We even got a magic show!  The guy read my mind.  Literally. How did he know it was a King of Spades??? Freaky.  Well, I hope we all learned something here.  Raise your hand Le Bron...

Hasta la proxima xoxo, Ro.

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