Patio at Casa Tua
This enchanting Mediterranean-style beach house is the place where Miami locals go for a luxurious, intimate Italian meal– and is one of our all-time favorite special occasion restaurants. Translated from Italian as “your home,” this South Beach eatery seats 100 people in an indoor series of dining rooms comfortably decorated to make guests feel as if they are attending a dinner party at the home of a very good (albeit very chic) friend. While the ambiance is cozy, the food and service at Casa Tua is what makes us want to sleep over. (Case Tua actually has five fabulous guest suites) Fresh pasta and seafood are particularly prominent, and dishes reflect an Italian culinary aesthetic of sophisticated simplicity. Try the pappardelle with lamb ragu or the quail bathed in black truffle sauce. 1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. (305) 673-1010.