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Fontana Restaurant

1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134 | Coral Gables/South Miami | 305-445-8066

Location Description:

Philippe Ruiz's fare at the Biltmore's lesser recognized 1200 Restaurant consists of more simple melodies than those found at the signature La Palme d'Or. The emphasis here is on fine-tuning Italian staples that have been passed from generation to generation: bruschetta, lasagna, chicken with sausages, and broccollini. It's common Italian/Mediterranean fare that's handled with an uncommon finesse. Take the tchinas appetizer, a papery phyllo crêpe rolled blintz-style around creamy ricotta flecked with coriander and sun-dried tomato, the cheese slowly flowing out like lava onto a pile of perkily dressed arugula leaves. Caesar salad is peppy as well, and a tomato-based, Tuscan-style red bean soup is robustly fortified with Italian sausage and fresh basil. À la carte meats and seafoods are char-grilled or roasted in the wood-burning oven, the selections including New York strip, filet mignon, Florida grouper, Scottish salmon, and succulent sea scallops as munificent as marshmallows. Specialty entrées include veal osso bucco with risotto; baby lamb chops with an olive potato purée and spinach; and a fleshy white square of halibut with a Mediterranean medley of tomatoes, fennel, black olives, and fingerling potatoes. (Incidentally, all nonsteak entrées cost less than $30, which ain't bad for the Biltmore.)

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  • Cuisine(s): Contemporary, Italian
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm, Sun 7am-10am, 6pm-10:30pm
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended
  • Parking: Lot Available, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual Dressy
  • Features: Banquet Facilities, Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible

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