The intriguing Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove by Ray Raposo

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A group of family members went for lunch to Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove this week. Giorgia Calabrese and Matteo Paderni opened this seafood restaurant with an Italian flavor about 4 years ago. They’re devoted to serve the freshest and most seasonal fish and shellfish sourced from both the Mediterranean and waters worldwide. Besides seafood their menu also includes a short selection of meat to round out the extensive offerings.

The daily Specials board

Many of their dishes are made special for the day, a blackboard high on the wall lists those menu selections. Most of these dishes are usually the most expensive items they serve.

Our large family group

 

The restaurant has a number of shiny wooden tables that they can arrange separate or together for larger groups. With lots of windows, as they’re on the end of the building, and mostly white walls and a beachy mariner decor, it’s bright and upbeat inside.

The covered and semi-enclosed outdoor back area

They also have an ample seating area with a large canopy in the back of the restaurant.

Writer Ray and part of the lunch group

We tried several dishes and everyone was pleased and more than delighted with their orders. We started with a dish of Frittura di Calamari which many tried and enjoyed. My main dish was the Tagliatelle alla Boscaiola, pasta with Porcini mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and it was delectable. Tagliatelle pasta are a traditional type of pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy, they are long, flat ribbons similar in shape to fettuccine. Several of us ordered a special dish of Branzino, a Mediterranean white fish they served with artichokes. Usually just on the dinner Menu, but they serve it for lunch if you ask.

Another terrific tasting Mediterranean fish dish was served with an arugula salad with cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Another lovely salad featured Tiger Shrimp or langostinos. One of us ordered and loved the classic Frutti di Mare, a Tagliolini pasta with red sauce, clams, mussels and shrimp. We also tried and enjoyed the special Veal Scaloppine al Limone with artichokes and vegetables. We also tried a Cacio e Pepe, a traditional Roman pasta prepared in a wheel of pecorino cheese. “Cacio e Pepe” means “cheese and pepper” in several central Italian dialects. Other items on the Menu include a fish soup of the day, several Spaghetti dishes, grilled wild Salmon, and a Tagliata de Manzo with sliced NY Steak. For desert a homemade Cannoli and a small tasty peach cobbler were both enjoyed.

Their extensive wine list features over 100 selections to pair perfectly with their dishes. They also offer Catering services, deliveries within 4 miles and host special events. Their Lunch prices range from the high teens to the 20s with some special dishes costing quite a bit more. This is not an inexpensive place, but you get the quality you pay for. If you love Italian inspired seafood dishes, you should give Sapore di Mare a try.

All smiles while waiting for their entrees

Sapore di Mare, Italian Seafood Restaurant & Catering Services

Located at 3111 Grand Avenue 3, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, a block west of CocoWalk. They’re open daily for lunch from 12:00 pm – 3:30pm and for dinner from 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm. You can phone them directly at 305-476-8292, or visit their website at saporedimaremiami.com

Valet parking is available and some parking in the back. There’s also public parking lot across the street.

Three satisfied customers

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