Il Gabbiano: Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Though Short Order will never complain about getting free food at the beginning of a meal, we do wonder if too many complimentary starters can spoil the rest of the repast. At Italian mainstay Il Gabbiano, for example, all diners upon sitting down are presented with a dizzying array of antipasti.

The array of free antipasti at Il Gabbiano fills a plate.
The array of free antipasti at Il Gabbiano fills a plate.
Photo by Jacquelynn D. Powers

No sooner had we placed our drink orders when out came bruschetta, spicy zucchini chips, freshly cut chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and a bountiful bread basket. Short Order happily filled our plate with the various Italian starters and then found ourselves full before we had even perused the dinner menu.

The dilemma: Do you pig out on the free stuff or wait to order the tasty pasta and meat dishes Il Gabbiano is known for? (A similar predicament occurs at Il Mulino in Sunny Isles, where the gratis antipasti spans all of the above plus slices of spicy soppressata.) At the very least, you must skip appetizers and head straight to the entrées.

Again, this isn't a complaint, just a query to see how the many fans of Il Gabbiano (and Il Mulino) juggle the free starters with the delicious menu. Do you forgo lunch? Take your entrée home in a doggy bag? Gorge yourself and worry about the consequences tomorrow? Short Order wants to know.

Il Gabbiano
335 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami

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