We waited for main course plates to be removed from the table. We waited some more, and then some more. It wasn't as though there weren't enough staff. On the contrary: At one point, while our empty dishes sat, five workers chatted at a nearby station and two others, perhaps managers, stood near the same spot and surveyed the room — except their gazes were grazing beyond the tables, as if scanning the horizon for someone who mattered, someone like Donald Trump.

Perusing the dessert selection elicits a feeling that the Bianca team isn't even trying. It's not just that tiramisu, vanilla panna cotta, New York cheesecake, and gelato/sorbet ($12 each) are choices one sees at a routine restaurant, but they're so pedestrian as to likewise resemble items in the refrigerated section at Walgreens.

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Bianca

1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: South Beach

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Bianca

305-674-6439
delano-hotel.com
Breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 11 a.m.; lunch daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7 to 11 p.m. and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight.

Grilled octopus $26
Spaghetti pomodoro $27
Roast chicken $36
Sirloin bistecca $46
Dolcetti misti $14

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A plate of dolcetti misti, however, turned out to be a highlight of the meal. The large board of mini-Italian pastries takes up much of the table and includes a trio of fresh beignet spheres with chocolate dipping sauce; a duo of cannoli; a decadent dome of chocolate ganache; almond cake topped with fruit; a couple of chocolate-coated biscotti; and a white-chocolate-coated profiterole. It's a $14 dessert that is obviously portioned for at least two people, which makes it one of the better deals here — although it would help if the waiter would mention it's meant to be shared.

Our dinner began well too, with crisp-crusted minibaguettes and soft, wheaty slices of crusty country bread. What it did not begin with was an amuse-bouche, and at evening's end there were no petits fours, nor a goodbye or any other acknowledgment that we'd just plunked down hundreds of dollars. The staff, perhaps, was too busy resetting our table for the next suckers.

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7 comments
Zblake
Zblake

Glad to hear an honest reply about the Delano.. Even the burgers are not real Kobe beef you are paying $28.00 for ground beef burgers

Use tom work there

Lucrecianido
Lucrecianido

Finally someone that speaks out loud and tell the truth. Love it ! I'm so tire of going to fancy restaurants and have bad experiencies. You are my savior.

Nataliem Vick
Nataliem Vick

Lee, Thank you so much for posting an honest article! Nothing annoys me more than a restaurant that slacks on desserts. I have no problem paying for a nice meal but for the price you paid and the service you received I would be irate. An experience like that can really ruin a nice evening. Keep the honest reviews coming!

Caitlin
Caitlin

Great article Lee! I like how you pointed out that most of the desserts "resemble items in the refrigerated section at Walgreens."Also liked your ending "nor a goodbye or any other acknowledgment that we'd just plunked down hundreds of dollars. The staff, perhaps, was too busy resetting our table for the next suckers." -- Maybe after reading your review the staff at Bianca will think twice about being so pretentious to "regular" customers, or maybe not. Wonder if they're still waiting for Mr. Trump...

miami123
miami123

I loved Blue Door and this place Biance IS as bad as he says.

ScottBrett19
ScottBrett19

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BassErik
BassErik

my co-worker's sister brought in $16636 the prior month. she gets paid on the internet and moved in a $383700 condo. All she did was get fortunate and make use of the advice given on this website... Cashathom.Blogspot.In

 
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