On a total whim, we headed to Cita’s Italian Chophouse in Coconut Grove last week. Some friends we met at a wine tasting went pre-opening and recommended it but I had kinda forgotten about it. The restaurant has sidewalk seating, and indoor area and a charming patio in the back, where we sat. The menu offers a variety of antipasti, pastas, seafood and various cuts of meat. It’s a little on the pricey side but we were happy with our food and the professional service, so we weren’t so worried.
I chose their Miami Spice dinner menu, which on paper didn’t have me hooked, but turned out to be a good value. D couldn’t resist the prime cuts page of the menu and chose a bone-in New York strip, of course. Their meats are served with a bulb of roasted garlic. Meat and garlic; he was just loving it.
Our server brought us their homemade popovers. I enjoyed every minute of eating this big, hollow piece of bread. So when my starter, the middle-neck clams topped with chopped lobster, breadcrumbs, butter and oregano, arrived, I was more than happy to share with D. The portion was generous enough and with the bread and two more courses to go I thought I better share.
Next up, the pan-seared grouper with white wine, lemon zest and capers, served with basmati veggie rice. I didn’t really want to go with their pasta entree and though the pork chops were tempting, I would’ve had to order the side separately. I suppose it could’ve worked since D ordered meat and a side of broccoli, which was big enough to share, but I thought what’s the point of ordering a side dish apart from the Spice menu? My grouper was fresh, perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. I always love basmati so I had no complaints there, but it wasn’ t an impressive side. Perhaps the best part of my meal was dessert.
The vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sorbet and berries. I’m a sucker for raspberry sorbet and this one was probably one of the best I’ve had. Mixed together with the panna cotta, it was a perfect ending.
(By the way, apologies for the bad pictures … bad lighting.)
Cita’s Italian Chophouse
3176 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove