Tom Billante

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    South Beach Dining 1991: A Look Back (Part One)

    Greg SchneiderLeft to right: Aran Tantana (Thai Toni); Norman Van Aken; Johnny Circharo (Johnny's); Louis Leichter (Lucky's)​"The Beach is a trendy place," says Lee Brian Schrager. "Who knows what will be in vogue next year or even next month?""It's like Cannes and Nice in the Forties," adds Tony ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Luna Returns, Shing Wang Retreats, Maitardi Opens, Bancroft Stumbles

    ​Luna Rises Again"Back by Popular Demand" declares the banner across the re-rechristened Luna Cafe at 4770 Biscayne Boulevard. Short Order had reported in July that Luna had changed its name to L'artista Restaurant and tweaked the menu towards a more fine dining experience. We noted that it "Seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Luna Changes Names, Kobe Comes Back, Fleming Gets Gordon, and so forth

    ​Luna Cafe, at 4770 Biscayne Boulevard, is now called L'artista Restaurant. Ownership is the same, meaning Tom Billante is still  involved. Besides the name change, the menu has been tweaked upwardly towards a more fine dining experience than the casual Luna Cafe. Seems a curious move at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    The Taurus Returns!

    The Taurus started out on Main Highway in Coconut Grove in 1926. Back then it was a little cottage that served as a gathering place for locals, and remained the Grove's favorite spot to hoist brews and munch burgers until 2002 -- when the one-acre site was developed into Grove Garden residences. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Drink Up at Level 25, Luna Cafe, Meat Market and More

    It's going to be a long weekend, whether or not you plan to get all up in the Memorial Day craziness.  Here are some classy liquid opportunities to wind up before ....or down after... Jackie Sayet Keep the planet top of mind at Go Green Tuesdays, menu to be announced soonBody Mind and Pl ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 9, 2009

    Prime Italian Is Prime Turf

    The sultan of SoFi's new restaurant succeeds as an all-purpose upscale Italian dining venue.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Gaia Ristorante: The Full Story

    As Short Order reported last week, Gaia Ristorante, the latest venture of seasoned restaurateur Tom Billante, has opened at 101 Ocean Drive (Hilton Bentley Hotel)-- which I erroneously cited as the site of Billante's last Ocean Drive venue, ViVi. In fact, Prime Italian has moved into that space, and ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    Luna Rocks

    For reasonable Italian food with stellar service, the Billantes can’t be beat

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    May 26, 2005
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    February 19, 1998
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    July 7, 1993
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    January 13, 1993