Best Restaurant, Downtown Miami Miami 2012 - La Loggia Ristorante & Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
Downtown Miami has enjoyed a dining renaissance in recent years. Heavy hitters such as Zuma, Area 31, and DB Bistro Moderne brought star power to the neighborhood while smaller, more casual restaurants such as Tre Italian Bistro, Ceviche 105, and Sparky's Roadside Barbecue fortified the foundation. Owners Horacio Oliveira and Jennifer Porciello have witnessed it all from La Loggia's power location right across from the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. Their regional Italian oasis is, among other things, astonishingly consistent. The spaghetti Bolognese, veal scaloppine, and chicken Milanese placed on the table nowadays tastes just as delicious as it was on opening day in 2000. Thin-crust pizzas ($12 to $15), homemade pastas ($13 to $16), and meat/seafood entrées (all under $20) are affordably priced and sumptuously prepared. The ambiance hasn't changed a whit either. The lofty ceiling, mosaic floors, Roman columns, and frescoed walls still transport diners to Italy. The new kids on the block are worthy and exciting, but this old-guard, old-world charmer is timelessly great.