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Posted by Patricia Varo's on 07/31/2014
Out of a stressful day, looking for a relaxing evening and we get the most pushy, waiter ever!The food was poor and cold, the drinks were warm and rushed !! Love the bar ambiance, but the restaurant lacks a real chef that can make pleasurable food ....DO NOT pressure the clientele!
Posted by Sandy on 06/13/2011
I went there with my girlfriends for a birthday celebration this weekend and we actually had a reservation for another restaurant across the street. When we got there we were not expecting the table dancing and floor littered with paper.....we heard the food was amazing but that wasn't the atmosphere we were looking for on that particular evening so we skpped across the street to Prime Italian. We were fortunate to get a seat right away due to a cancellation. The staff was very friendly and advised us that the portion sizes are to share. We were a little surprised by the price but once we got our meal, it made sense because the size could easily feed two people or more depening on your order. I had the Kobe beef meatball with spaghetti which was very tasty. I ate what I could at the restaurant and had it for dinner the day after and for lunch the following day so that will give you an idea of the portion sizes and I'm not a tiny girl. My friend had the lobster pizza which was amazing and again we all took a nibble and there were left overs. Another party had the veal parm and it seemed like the entire side of the calf was on her plate and that also was quite tasty. My favortite tasting was the Chilean Sea Bass seared to perfection on top of the carrot butter. It was amazing. They're famous for their dessert, fried Oreo which we were skeptical to try but since they bought us desert for my friends birthday we gave it a shot. It was sinfully delicious and not at all what I expected. If you are looking for a grown up atmosphere and don't mind spotting a member of a national sports team here and there I highly recommend this restaurant. For two people you can order one entre and be more than satisfied.
Posted by ajgprime on 04/15/2011
It's the best place for dinner.
Posted by LD on 07/13/2010
$20 valet parking, awesome start. I'm not sure if the chef was more preoccupied with the LeBron announcement, but the food at Prime Italian was not what I was expecting. It started off well, delicious oily gooey garlic bread, hot out of the oven and served with marinara. Then my first inkling of an issue was when the waiter read the specials. The prices were astronomical. (I am from NYC, I eat in fine restaurants, I know astronomical prices). seafood fra diavola (no lobster) was $65! That dish is $45 at best in the finest NYC italian restaurant, which Prime Italian is not. Gnocci w/ shortribs (my wife ordered)? Ill conceived dish. Who pares weighty shortribs with heavy gnocci? We start with the Kobe meatball w/ricotta meatball, which we were told is amazing. It is massive when it comes, but upon trying it right away it was hype. It was dry as can be and the ricotta on the top was "out of the fridge" cold. For my entrée, I ordered steak, my wife goes for the shortribs/gnocci (before I can tell her it is ill conceived). Waiter asks do you want steak sauce? Normally, no, but if that’s your thing then I’ll give it a shot. He recommends "the Oscar" and then lists the ingredients which were many and included asparagus. I look down at the menu and "the Oscar" is a $20 steak sauce! Let that sink in; nice reco buddy. I bail on the Andrew Jackson sauce and grab another one for $2. We get red sangria, b/c I’m in Miami and it's hot. It's good with pineapple in it; a nice touch. Entrees come, and steak is good, cooked medium as ordered w/nice crust and my $2 sauce, which is ketchup and horseradish (and not worth $2). Side dish of truffle creamed corn, very good. Waiter forgets the truffled fries (fine w/ me). Gnocci special, basically inedible. Short ribs were dry (a recurring theme), which made them disappointing, gnocci was plastery with an almost a tangy sauce that neither went well w/ gnocci or w/ shortribs. Picture a dry piece of short rib plopped on top of gnocci.
Posted by Danny on 04/24/2009
Very nice restaurant with a varied menu. The bread they bring out with dinner is soaked with butter and olive oil and that is why it is soooo good. Can only eat that once a year, lol. The pan baked half chicken in a Marsala sauce was excellent. My wife had the Giant Spaghetti & Meatball but was dissapointed. Tasted like Chef Boyardee. We liked the decor of the restaurant and my wife did enjoy her Lychee martini. Our doggie bag was the heaviest one I've ever had to carry. Definitely will go back to try some other good looking stuff that was on the menu.
Posted by VP1250 on 02/26/2009
I was in Miami for 3 days and I ate there twice. They serve a wonderful garlic bread with warm marinara on the side. The baked rigatoni is made with Italian sausage and a blend of cheeses to die for. This place is expensive, but the portions are huge. The couple at the next table ordered a meatball and it was the size of a grapefruit!!