New restaurant! And this time, new genre too — Italian American fusion! I don’t think I’ve been to a restaurant that mixes those two specific flavors, so I was pretty excited to check out Divieto*.
A co-worker and I headed over to the restaurant around noon and luckily just avoided the lunch rush. Right before leaving the office, we scoped out the online menu and were set on ordering lunch specials off the “Executive Menu.” We even had the slightest glimmer of hope that we’d be able to ration our meals! (Seriously, all this eating out is making me fat.) After being seated at the restaurant, reality slapped us in the face, as we learned that the Executive Menu on the web was outdated and no longer available. What?! Fail #1. #startfromscratch
The ambiance in the restaurant was very nice — vintage, yet modern — so we decided to forgive and forget that the original Executive Menu was unavailable, move on with our lives, and order something else from the current menu — of course still with the hope that we’d be able to ration our meals. Turns out that not only would we not be able to ration, but the lunch special portions weren’t even really enough for one full meal. Fail #2.
Keep reading, it gets better. I ordered the Shrimp Bistro, essentially linguine in lemon sauce, with shrimp, tomato, and arugula. Pretty delicious, flavorful. Fine. The waitress had introduced it as a “special,” so thinking she meant lunch special — logical, since we had just asked about those — I went ahead and ordered it, along with a house salad. (Lunch specials are supposed to come with either soup or salad.) Come bill time, I was unpleasantly slapped (again) with a $3 surcharge for the salad! Apparently “special” does not mean “lunch special.” Uuugh… Fail #3.
Though this culinary adventure might sound like an overall fail, at least we accomplished trying something new. I actually enjoyed the taste of my meal — though not so much the cost — so I suppose I could be convinced to go back again… but next time, I’d want to first inquire about the current Executive Menu!
Try any interesting fusion restaurants lately?
10650 NW 41st St
Doral, FL 33178