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2005 Stories by Bill Citara

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  • Sweet Berries Without the Thorns

    published December 29, 2005

    Eating your way through the creations served in Miami's restaurants is a lot like picking wild berries. Sometimes what you're faced with are... More >>

  • A Strip to Bountiful

    published December 15, 2005

    When you go to your typical local steak house, the beef isn't the only thing that gets trimmed. Whether mammoth national chain or home-grown... More >>

  • Sexy Thai

    published December 1, 2005

    Is sushi the new sex? In the big, bad world out there — to which some refer as the real world — sex is the sizzle that sells the... More >>

  • The Depressing Room

    published November 10, 2005

    Wilma was on the way when we walked into The Press Room, a newish eatery on the butt end of Lincoln Road. The sky was ominously gray and full of... More >>

  • Retro Revival

    published October 27, 2005

    One thing you have to say about Miami diners: We know our retro. We might be seduced by celebrity chefs who assemble their dishes with... More >>

  • Viva Italia!

    published October 13, 2005

    Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria: conceptually genius or excessively ambitious? Although pizza and risotto are two pillars of Italian cuisine,... More >>

  • The Road to Heck

    published September 29, 2005

    If the road to hell is paved solely with good intentions, the road to heck is paved with good intentions and imperfect execution. Take Bella... More >>

  • Food of the Gods

    published September 15, 2005

    Ambrosia is variously defined as the food of the gods and a salad of oranges, bananas, pineapple, and shredded coconut. I don't know about... More >>

  • Call It Delicious

    published September 1, 2005

    Consider the crêpe a universal food delivery system. In Italy it's called crespelle; in China, pok pang. In Mexico it's the tortilla; in... More >>

  • The Future of Dining

    published August 18, 2005

    I don't mean to put any pressure on it or anything, but the future of Miami as a serious restaurant town rests on Bistro Bisou. Okay, so maybe... More >>

  • Grease Pit

    published August 4, 2005

    Now I know what my car feels like when I take it in for an oil change. It's been days since my dinner at Jumbo Chinese Restaurant, a... More >>

  • This Time a Great Notion

    published July 21, 2005

    Having eaten at my share of bookstore cafés over the years, I must admit that while the melding of good books and good food is sometimes a... More >>

  • The Flavors of Freedom

    published July 7, 2005

    "Give me liberty or give me Parrilla Liberty." I think a famous freedom fighter said that. If he didn't, he should have, because a meal... More >>

  • It Really Is Good

    published June 23, 2005

    Wouldn't it be nice if every restaurant were named as truthfully as Le Bon (an Italian dialect for "it's good")? Then we'd be seeing... More >>

  • Plainly Delicious

    published June 2, 2005

    Judging by appearances, Sushi Chef is definitely plain-Jun. On a charmless stretch of that tree-lined drag strip we call Coral Way... More >>

  • A Real Villagio

    published May 26, 2005

    If Merrick Park were a real village, then Villagio would be a real Italian restaurant. Wait a minute. Villagio is a real Italian... More >>

  • Aging Hip

    published May 19, 2005

    Getting old is a bitch. Take Grass, for example. When it first sprouted two years ago, the open-air space in the heart of the Design District... More >>

  • Quietly Classy

    published April 21, 2005

    Doesn't it seem sometimes that half the restaurants in Miami are yelling at you? "We've got the wackiest-ass décor on the Beach!"... More >>

  • Joyful Jamaican

    published March 31, 2005

    Island Delight is a delightful island. It's not actually a patch of land but rather a small generic space in a huge generic shopping mall. To get... More >>

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