Dulce de leche-filled crêpes, like much of the food at Novecento, possessed a just-made freshness that elevated it beyond most variations on this popular Miami dessert. And while I'm confident that the warm chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce will please fanciers of chocolate, I'm just as sure that nobody will be happy with banana panna cotta, a gray, inedible custard matched with an equally awful, mushily grilled banana.
A compact wine list features well-priced bottles from mostly Europe and Argentina, but Novecento has more going for it than just good food and wine. The restaurant exudes the spirit of a lively social club, the effervescent crowd bubbling to a mix of world music, lite house, Brazilian jazz, and lounge tunes programmed by Argentine DJ Carlos Alfonsin. On weekends, belly dancers flap about the room like exotic birds caught in a mild whirlwind.
Gabriel Medici brings a taste of Argentina, Uruguay ... really just a taste of delicious to Novecento
You can look at Novecento as a bistro, parillada, supper club, or local hangout. I see it as being just what an ideal neighborhood restaurant should be -- a comfortable place to enjoy satisfying food at affordable prices.