Bianca at the Delano: Summer Lunch Kept Light With Salmon Carpaccio, Bruschetta, and Watermelon Granita

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At Bianca, Sunday is the best day to cash in on the restaurant's summer fare. Diners can make a day out of the experience by taking advantage of the free "Privileged Sunday Pool Party" open to the public and cool off before and after the meal. Lunch costs $23 and includes three courses. Dinner is more than double at $49 but kicks things up a notch.

For starters, guests can choose from octopus carpaccio, bruschetta braised oxtail with arugula pesto, and kalamata olives with crispy capers or smoked ricotta and onion compote. Mains include butternut squash with peppers and endive, skirt steak, or the grilled catch of the day. The ending is just as sweet as lunch -- a daily chef selection of granitas.

You'll be tempted to order the bigeye tuna pizza with truffle oil and will be saddened to find it's offered only for dinner. (Note to Bianca: Please offer this item for lunch.) Instead, opt for the smoked salmon carpaccio with frisée salad and capers if you feel like something more with your meal. It's refreshing with just the right amount of tang.

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.