Photo courtesy of Casa Isola Osteria

Casa Isola Osteria

When Pubbelly Noodle Bar closed in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood back in 2019, it left an empty space in the hearts of fans of José Mendín. Fortunately, the chef kept the lease, opening a quaint Italian bistro with longtime business partner Sergio Navarro and former Lucali chef Santo Agnello. The result, Casa Isola Osteria, is a charming spot that serves up red-sauce classics like linguini with white water clams and Agnello’s eight-hour Sunday sauce. The star of the show is a stellar rigatoni alla vodka. The restaurant replicates a tiny village in Italy, so if you’ve been jonesing for some international travel, here’s a chance to get away to Italy — if only for a meal.