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A Devoted Fratelli Milano Customer, Inspired, Puts Feelings into Verse

Sidewalk caffe
Sidewalk caffe
Jackie Sayet

What is it with downtown Miami and old world-style Italian restaurants?  And good ones, at that?  We think these diamonds in the rough may be a sign of good things to come for this metropolitan center, as long as all the businesses in the area don't go bust before they have a fighting chance.

But devoted patrons, there is no shortage.  A poetic tribute to one such enclave, Fratelli Milano, was slipped under our door anonymously from a reader, and we just had to share it.  You also could go to Yelp's page on this gem to know that this Italian restaurant is no joke, but what's the fun in that?

We felt so inspired after reading this love letter, we had to check it out for ourselves, and it seems like we are late to the pasta party on this one.  But better late than never...

Here's the poem, some facts you may not know about Fratelli, and the resulting lunch visit in pictures.

A tavola!
A tavola!
Jackie Sayet

ODE TO FRATELLI MILANO

If Heaven was on Earth, I would call it Fratelli Milano.
For there is food that would impress the Gods, and even Tony Soprano.
Every time I look at the menu, I cannot help but smile.
For how can food from this special place make the work day worth my while?
Sometimes I get chicken or steak, other days a panini.
I can't stop thinking about their soups, and fuggedabout the tortellini.
Never before have delicious salads made me lick my lips.
A favorite special is shrimp risotto with grilled asparagus tips.
Pizza is always the greatest food, but at Fratelli it's even better.
The Contadina es mi amor with Italian sausage and bell peppers.
When my stomach is feeling empty, I order Bucatini san Babila.
Which takes me away to the Mediterranean to a seaside Italian villa.
Hopefully, I never get too stuffed so I can enjoy the tiramisu.
Though my tendency is to over-order, I admit I've had quite a few.
My family, my work, and Fratelli Milano are things for which I'm zealous.
My wife thinks I'm a little weird, but I know she is jealous.

A DEVOTED PATRON (1/28/2009)

Dont let the papitas fool you
Dont let the papitas fool you
Jackie Sayet

- The food is damn good, from the Addictive, with a captial "A," sundried tomato tapenade that arrives to the table with chewy pieces of ciabatta bread after you've ordered, to the daily lunch specials consisting of a new soup, salad, panino and

pasta to add to the choices already on the menu.  Panini are available

on regular ciabatta, whole wheat ciabatta, and foccacia bread. We sampled the panino special, a fennel seed salami layered on slices of fresh mozzarella, arugula, and tomato on whole wheat.  The bread was not at all heavy -- a crusty crunch on the outside from the press, with a soft and savory filling -- just as it should be and not unlike what you'd grab for lunch from a panino place in Milano. The oohs and ahhs  don't stop there.

Sundried happiness
Sundried happiness
Jackie Sayet

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45 percent of Fratelli's product is imported from Italy.  That's about

as authentic as we need, thank you very much, to keep prices down, like

pastas from $10.25 - 15.50, and veal dishes from $14.95 - 15.50. 

Chicken, meat and fish?  No more than $14.95.  And to think the

charming ambiance is free...

- Fratelli has been around for two years, and

it's family-owned, so you can expect to find proprietor Fiorella Blanco

also playing the hostess role.

- Dinner service has arrived at

Fratelli!  As of two weeks ago, the restaurant is now open from 8 a.m.

- 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Did we mention there's thin crust pizza?
Did we mention there's thin crust pizza?
Jackie Sayet

- If you mention that there is a 15 percent-off deal for the new dinner service, you shall receive.

- All desserts, like the heavenly tiramisu, are made in-house and displayed in a delightful caffe-style glass showcase.

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Waitstaff dart back and forth like clockwork, as efficient and

attentive a bunch as we've ever experienced.  They mean business, just

like the patrons hungry to get in and out before their afternoon

meetings start. 

Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st street
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 373-2300

Yesterday's specials, today's cravings
Yesterday's specials, today's cravings
Jackie Sayet
We recognize that framed galleria...
We recognize that framed galleria...
Jackie Sayet
Eat in, take out, delivery.. boy is Fiorella busy!
Eat in, take out, delivery.. boy is Fiorella busy!
Jackie Sayet




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