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Peter Facinelli

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Next, the famed pasta. I'm excited the chef sent us the Pasta Degustazione, because three is always better than one: the Spaghettini Neri, which consists of squid-ink spaghetti, king crab, artichoke, chardonnay, and bottarga di muggine; the Cappellacci di Branzino, which are sea bass-filled ravioli with mascarpone, Sorrento lemon, butter, and sage; and the Casarecce, which is Tuscan kale pesto, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and toasted almonds —two words: Oh wow. I could feel the purity of the flavors in every bite. But the real treat —and star—of the night is the Branzino al Sale. The fish comes out enveloped in a thick layer of salt, and Jerry, very delicately, goes on to crack it open. It's a savory sideshow that only makes the sea bass more special, with its buttery texture and unsurpassed taste. Of course we can't leave without dessert. We try convincing ourselves that we'll only have a few bites, but that's a lie. So here come the Croccantino and the Delizia al Limone. One is chilled Zambaione, caramelized almonds, and dark chocolate chips; the other is Sorrento lemon and vanilla cream. Both are the perfect ending to a very authentic and homey dining experience. As I'm leaving, I take a moment to acknowledge the relaxed ambience out on the terrace. The cutest tables with hand-painted ceramic tiles surrounded by bougainvillea and lemon trees. I guess if you want to do some South Beach people watching in style, it doesn't get better than this. Amare, when people ask about our first date, I'll say: it was love at first taste. ML Amare Ristorante is located at 1 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. For reservations, call 786-598-8622 or visit For more info, visit

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