Monday, September 24, 2012

Perricone’s – A Brickell Fixture

In these days when restaurants come and go, it’s nice to know that Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, a downtown Miami favorite for the past 16 years, is still around. 

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Seated in Perricone’s rustic Italian dining room, or on the lush, tropical terrace, it’s hard to believe that you’re anywhere near the bustle of the big city.

Owner Steven Perricone bought the SE 10th Street building in the mid-1990s. During the renovation process, the existing building collapsed. Perricone then found a 120 year-old barn in Vermont, which he brought back to Miami in pieces, to reassemble in its current park-like location in the heart of Brickell. He built the dining room around the existing trees “so it’s like eating in a tree house,” Perricone claims.

Perricone describes the restaurant’s cuisine as “simple, basic Italian comfort food.” Although customers rave about the entire menu, two items on the dinner menu appear to be standouts: Grandma Jennie’s Meat Lasagna and the Fiocchi Gorgonzola.  

Perricone’s doesn’t have a wine list, per se, but offers up a weekly selection from which to choose. Or, you’re welcome to pick a bottle from the amazing selection in the marketplace. There is a small corkage fee. 

Perricone’s specialty food market carries everything they have in the dining room, plus signature cheeses, crackers and deserts.

Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Perricone’s also features Sunday brunch and a rather large delivery menu with hot and cold sandwiches, appetizers, salads and hot entrees. You’ll find live music five nights a week. On Thursday nights, all pastas are only $10.00. Obviously, this is one of Perricone’s busiest nights, so get there early or make reservations.

Perricone’s is located at 15 SE 10th St., just east of South Miami Avenue. Reservations are accepted by calling (305)374-9449.

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