April 17, 2024


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Taste of the Town: Timeless Italian family recipes with a twist at Luca Osteria

4 min read

MIAMI – Award-successful Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s motto for his Luca Osteria was very clear.

The words and phrases “Excellent pasta, Superior individuals,” were being displayed on the back of his tee shirt.

“That is what you are about, ideal?,” requested CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo.

“Which is what we’re all about,” said Rapicavoli.

Located on Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, Luca Osteria is Rapicavoli’s vision of recreating his family’s timeless Italian dishes with his own distinctive twists.

“It is my desire,” he reported. ” I am Italian American. I am a to start with-era American in my spouse and children. I grew up eating these food items and these flavors and traveling to Italy. To open an Italian cafe was constantly a dream of mine. We named the cafe just after my son Luca.”

Rapicavoli knew he had to be extra ahead-wondering when it arrived to opening a different Italian restaurant in Coral Gables. So each the menu and the vibe are clean and different.

On a fast paced Saturday night, you could possibly listen to typical hip hop music.

“It has this bustling bistro kind of ecosystem. The restaurant is commonly really entire. It is really loud and boisterous and rather fun,” Rapacavoli claimed.

He’s also nicely mindful of the situations we are in.

“It can be hard for a good deal of individuals to go out and spend funds on dinner now,” mentioned Petrillo.

“Definitely. I assume the most significant issue is to provide a total experience. It goes to the support, drinks, the atmosphere, the meals, and the benefit in the meals. It is just like a terrific neighborhood spot and I imagine it is,” Rapicavoli said.

There are eight types of pasta on the menu which are all first pressed, then created fresh new nightly.

Lisa Petrillo sat down with Rapicavoli for a sampling of the menu. They began their tasting with their signature dish, Pasta al Limone with butter, cream, cheese, and a whole lemon.

Pasta al Limone

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“It is cleanse and gentle and clean,” explained Rapicavoli.

“That’s what I was likely to say. I saw you place the butter and the product in it, and you do not taste the heaviness. You just flavor that its mild, fresh new, and an unbelievable pasta,” claimed Petrillo.

Upcoming, Pasta alla Nina with roasted pink pepper, Calabrian chilis & burnt breadcrumbs.

“The pasta is shaped like a radiator. This pasta is named right after my mom. She’s a huge fan of spice,” explained Rapicavoli.

“You need to preserve your day work,” mentioned Petrillo

“I will consider,” said Rapicavoli. “This is also like 1 of the initial instances I have truly sat down and eaten in my personal cafe.”

“You see that is why you happen to be on Flavor the Town nowadays,” laughed Petrillo.

“Yeah which is neat,” he reported.

They then sampled a resourceful twist on Panzanella, built with hand smashed heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, croutons, and environmentally friendly basil ahead of ending with Anto’s Tiramisu, named following his Aunt Antonello’s homemade recipe.

“Vanilla bean mascarpone, Italian ladyfingers, soaked in coffe and marsala,” Rapicavoli claimed.

“What a way to conclusion it, that’s all I have to say,” said Petrillo.

Luca Osteria is open up Tuesday through Sunday with meal starting up at 5:30 p.m.

Here are two of the Luca Osteria recipes from their tasting.


1 (12 to 16 ounce) loaf of artisan bread (8 to 10 incredibly full cups)
2 to 3 significant heirloom tomatoes or two pints of newborn heirloom tomato
1/2 cup added-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup crimson wine vinegar
1 tsp teaspoon salt
Pepper, to flavor
1/2 cup basil leaves
1-2 oz aged Balsamic vinegar

Slice or tear the bread into roughly 1-inch cubes, toss with 2 ounces of olive oil, and bake in a 300°F oven until eventually hardened and golden on the outside, about 20-25 minutes. Reserve and enable to cool.

Combine the remaining olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and a couple grinds of fresh pepper in a jam jar. Shake vigorously. Alternatively, combine components in a compact bowl and whisk to emulsify.

Incorporate the olive oil croutons and chopped tomatoes in a massive mixing bowl. Pour the vinaigrette about major and use a spatula to completely merge. Incorporate 50 % of the basil and incorporate. Year with additional salt if needed.

Provide with remaining depart of ripped basil, olive oil & aged balsamic.


Components (for 8 people today):
800g Contemporary Pasta (a thing brief, like Gemelli, penne, trofie)
24 oz Heavy Product
6 oz European Butter
6 Lemons, zested & juiced
Salt for the dish and the pasta drinking water
8 oz Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

In a pan, incorporate half of the butter and gradually soften.
Insert the lemon zest and heat to bring out critical oils.
Increase all the product and reduce it by 50 percent – it should really take about five minutes.
Add the contemporary pasta and a compact amount of drinking water. Cook dinner until the pasta is al dente.
Season with salt and lemon juice, and end with the other 50 % of the butter.
Provide with Parmigiano Reggiano 

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