Driving South on Le Jeune toward Miracle Mile, shortly after you pass the Courtyard Marriott on the right side of the road, you may miss the sign on the window that reads Gusto Fino Italian Deli Market. I know I did for months after I moved to the Gables. And even after I took notice, the place remained only a mental note until last weekend when I visited thinking it was a market. Gusto Fino does sell a few things but I wouldn’t call it a market. It does, however, have a pretty big selection of sandwiches, pastas and salads.
The small deli only has about five tables and some extra room for the display cooler containing meats and cheeses. Space doesn’t seem to be a huge issue though as on two visits I noticed that they get a lot of business from take-out and delivery.
From a choice of 24 made-to-order sandwiches (16 cold and 8 hot), I ordered Mario’s Ultimate ($9.95) — prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, mixed greens and balsamic. I chose the whole wheat ciabatta (you can choose between white and wheat). D ordered the Don Tomasino ($8.95), which has prosciutto, roast turkey and spicy pecorino cheese. The sandwiches aren’t that cheap, but they’re big and a good value. For an extra dollar, you can add your choice of Sicilian potato salad, soup, chips or pasta salad, and a soda or water. The potato salad is prepared without mayonnaise but I felt it needed a bit more seasoning. It really didn’t matter though once my tasty, fat sandwich arrived.
Since it made a good impression the first time, I returned to Gusto Fino only a few days later with a friend. This time around, my friend’s Sicilian meatball sandwich ($7.95) — 100% Angus beef, fresh herbs, pecorino cheese and garlic topped with pomodoro sauce and mozzarella — was the stand out. My roasted eggplant al forno sandwich ($7.59) — roasted eggplant with home-made pomodoro sauce, ricotta and mozzarella — wasn’t bad but the ricotta overwhelmed everything else in between the bread.The Sicilian meatball sandwich
I would definitely go back for the meatball or Mario’s Ultimate and even to venture into other menu items. It’s just too bad that I’m never around the Gables during lunchtime, but I guess there’s always Saturday.
Gusto Fino is open Monday 11:00 a.m.-6p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-7p.m.; and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Free parking available at the Courtyard Marriott.
2103 S. Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables