Tagliatelle Dishes Classic Italian South of Fifth
Tagliatelle, a traditional Italian restaurant with an emphasis on seafood, quietly opened November 1 at 124 Collins Avenue in South Beach (in the space formerly...wait, I forgot...oh, right, Amnesia). Restaurateur Matthieu Mineo, from Nice, France, has two restaurants in his home country. Does South Beach remind Mineo of Nice? "The weather is better here," he replies, "but Nice is not so bad."
There is a European elegance to Tagliatelle, reflected in the crystal glassware, white stucco walls, and volcanic stone tables hand painted by Italian artist Domiziani. Indoor tables seat 74, an additional 40 seats on a street side patio. Chef Mariano Gravante, previously of Alta Mare, Indochine, and Bussola, is helming the stoves of this newcomer. When asked to name a few favorite dishes, owner Mineo says that "customers really like the linguini with fresh Florida lobster," and also cites the tuna steak with oriental vinaigrette and salad Niçoise -- although he may be partial to the last dish due to it being from his hometown.
Other menu highlights include scallop carpaccio with endive, tomato, basil, and truffle oil; and various pastas such as penne, spaghetti, gnocchi and tagliatelle, all made on premise from flour imported from Italy. Non pasta entrees come with a side of truffle mashed potatoes and vegetables. Prices are listed as being from $6 to $32 ("filet mignon" was the answer Mineo quickly gave when asked what the $32 dish was), but there's a $23 pre fixe three-course menu available daily. A full bar offers "vintage" and "new age" cocktails along with global wines ranging from $24 to $160 per bottle. Tagliatelle is open for lunch and dinner daily.
124 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
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