FoodTV network fans who follow the adventures of Chef Scott Conant will want to book a table at the lovely Fontainebleau Resort dining room where the Florida location of his pasta empire gets rave reviews. The atmosphere is lovely, the service professional and the humble, rustic Italian fare is transcendent. Dine indoors or outside with a million dollar view to the pool and the sea.
Meals start with a variety of warm artisanal breads redolent of rosemary and garlic served with two or three seasonal spreads like olive tapenade or a creamy eggplant caponata. Filling up on the bread basket may make it harder to have room for dessert so proceed with caution. Highlights on the menu include the polenta with truffles and mushrooms, decadent duck and foie gras ravioli and Conant’s signature spaghetti with tomato and basil that is deceptively simple and delicious. Knowing that the name “Scarpetta” means the crust of bread Italians use to sop up the sauce on their plates, the kitchen rises to the challenge and exceeds expectations meal after meal. That’s why the odds are against your having room for the nutella-filled doughnuts or Amedei chocolate cake.
A meal at Scarpetta leaves little room to wonder at Conant’s latest expansion to Toronto and Los Angeles. Why should Miami, New York, and Las Vegas have all the fun?
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL