Taking over the Calamari space, Spasso is an Italian Restaurant Bar & Terrace located at the south end of Main highway in Coconut Grove. Their menu offers rustic Italian dishes like housemade pastas and stone-fired thin crust pizzas. They are all prepared with the finest available seasonal products. The restaurant space features a beautiful and relaxed terrazza, a newly renovated main dining floor, and a full liquor bar that promise to be one of the hottest spots in the Grove. Their Head Chef, Gaetano Ascione is a citizen of the world. A native of Napoli, Italy, his culinary career began when he was awarded a Masters Degree in Hotel Training from Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Salerno, Italy. He began his pratical experience working as Chef de Partie in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Bahamas. He was a finalist in the Chef of the Year competition at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2001. He is fluent in five languages: Italian, English, Spanish, German and French. Here is more information about Spasso :
According to Miami.com :
“Prior to opening Spasso, Ascione was at the Michelin rated Chicago restaurant Gioco as Chef/Patron for five years. His CV also lists stints as Executive Chef at the NATO Allied Officer’s Club in Napoli, Italy; the Paradise Beach Hotel and Casino in Busan, South Korea; the oldest private club in Singapore-the Tanglin Club; and the Palace Hotel and Casino in Sun City, South Africa. Clarifying his philosphy, the spin is that ” the cuisine at Spasso will be, ‘rustic, simple and brutally honest – serving only good food.'” On the menu: Asparagi ($9) consisting of steamed pencil asparagus, gorgonzola, boiled egg, tomatoes drizzled with thyme dressing; Polpettine ($10)– beef and veal meatball with blonde raisins, basil-infused tomato sauce; Thin crust pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven; Pastas including Linguini ($18) mixed with manila clams, baby calamari, tomatoes and pine nuts, and homemade Orecchiete ($16) with oxtail meat, tomatoes, arugula, and parmesan; Branzino ($24) in a puttanesca sauce, a 16 oz. bone-in ribeye ($36), and a Colorado Lamb Chop ($36).” written by Lesley Abravanel.
According to Eater :
“Helmed by Italian native, Gaetano Ascione who’s worked at Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurant, Gioco, it describes its cuisine as “rustic, simple and brutally honest.” So what does that mean exactly? Expect dishes like beef and veal meatballs, thin-crust pizzas, branzino and bone-in ribeye, plus nightly specials that are meant to “brutally” impress guests. The dining area has gotten a revamp from its last incarnation, featuring an oceanic-themed terrazza, a rustic style dining room and even a few red checkered tablecloths sprinkled throughout. Spasso is open for lunch Monday through Friday dinner nightly and Sunday brunch from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.” written by Olee Fowler.
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