345 Caffe Italiano on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables seems to be the casual dining spot that everyone in the know loves. Visit during peak lunch hours and you'll know what I mean.
Surrounded by familiar chains like Subway® and Cold Stone Creamery, it's easy to overlook the Italian cafe with a modern European flair. Step inside, however, and come prepared to have a great meal at a good price and friendly service.
The menu features paninis, salads, croissants, sweet crepes, salty crepes, focaccias, antipastos, pasta dishes, gelatos and coffee (of course). The pasta dishes are homemade and fresh. Owner, Andrea Maggio, runs a tight ship and even responds to Yelp reviews. If you appreciate the Italian sandwich and cafe culture, you're going to love spending your lunch hour at 345 Caffe Italiano.
There's no better deal in town than their combo menu. Order the #757 and you get your choice of a panini with a half mixed salad or a cup of soup, a soda or a bottle of water, a scoop of gelato AND an espresso for $14.50. There are over 13 paninis on the menu. Choose from prosciutto, chicken, salmon, grilled zucchini and everything in between.
Not in the mood for a sandwich? Order the #759 and get a Lasagna alla Bolognese with a half mixed salad or a cup of soup, a soda or a bottle of water, a scoop of gelato AND an espresso for $15.50.
Oh yeah, the bread basket that gets to your table before your food arrives? It's nomnomnom good.
Bottom line: 345 Caffe Italiano is a great lunch or dinner destination for someone looking for a quick Italian fix without the extra fanciness. Go have an Emiliano. Share the Cuocomio salad. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Fruity Nutella crepe and cap it with a LavAzza espresso and great conversation. Call me up. I'll meet you there.