Veal Chop and Black Truffle Pappardelle at Il Gabbiano

It’s been a while since I last posted, and I think at this point, I’m sadly about two weeks behind.  That means I’ve got a bit of catching up to do, so here we go!

Last last Tuesday, I had dinner at Il Gabbiano*, a fancy schmancy Italian restaurant right on the waterfront in Brickell.  This establishment was once on my Miami restaurants bucket list and long forgotten, but I was finally able to cross it off!  *happy dance*

The meal started off with a couple quick and easy starters, offered to all patrons, compliments of the restaurant.  Parmesan cheese — carved from a block thrice the size of my head — and vinaigrette.  An assortment of bread.  Bruschetta.  Zucchini chips.  *violin quartet*

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The cheese and bruschetta were good — very flavorful — but the zucchini chips were a disappointment, since they had gone limp, below average at best.  Sadly, I didn’t really sample the bread, since I wanted to leave room for my entree… maybe next time.

Grilled veal chop (medium rare, if I remember correctly, and a huge one at that) with fresh black truffle mushroom pappardelle pasta.  Sooo good!  Apparently, black truffles are really rare and expensive, and one of my fellow diners even mentioned that the amount of truffle grated onto my pasta was the largest quantity he’d seen on a single portion of pasta.  Woo hoo!

I had previously been pretty ambivalent to black truffles, but needless to say, my appreciation increased tenfold — potentially more — after this meal.  The one small downside of the entree was the potatoes that came with the veal.  I wasn’t a big fan of the taste, so they receive a below average at best.

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Since I couldn’t finish all the food in one go, I brought the leftover pasta for lunch the following day — it was so much food!  And when one of my co-workers asked what I was having for lunch and I said pappardelle with black truffle mushrooms, he was super impressed.  #winning

And of course, who could resist finishing a meal without dessert?  Well, I almost did — said no to the waiter when he initially asked — but wanting to get another “good” out of me, my companions egged me on otherwise.

FYI, Il Gabbiano’s so fancy that they don’t have printed dessert menus.  Instead, the waiter reads the entire dessert menu aloud.  After all the rhetoric, I asked if there was a sampler platter of sorts, since I like variety in my food choices.  The answer was affirmative!  Decision made, sampler platter it was.  And I declared that the rest of the table had to join me in consumption.  Executive decision.  Four forks, please!

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Overall, dessert was okay-fine.  Nothing mind-blowing, but the cheesecake — the off-white in the upper right corner — was fine-good.  The texture of it was way more spongy than ordinary New York-style cheesecake and the flavor wasn’t overbearingly cheesy, so I was able to consume more than a couple bites before getting tired of it.  You’re probably thinking to yourself right now… who gets tired of dessert?!  *points finger at self*  This gal.

Nice presentation-wise though.  *thumbs up*

*Location:
35 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

P.S. Since I just returned from vacationing onboard a cruise ship, I have plenty of pictures to share from my meals.  It’s unlikely that I’ll do full reviews — there was simply too much food to review — but I’ll likely post plenty of pictures in the coming days.  Stay tuned!

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