MiraMare is located in the corner of The Village on Venetian Bay overlooking the water and homes inspired by the architecture of Venice, Italy. The setting is beautiful and the outdoor terrace takes full advantage of panoramic water views. Our latest visit was for dinner with another couple who needed a “fix” for Italian cuisine with a view.
The shared appetizer was fried calamari, not the most adventuresome choice on an excellent menu, but an above-average presentation of that mainstay in many restaurants nowadays. The Caesar salads had just enough anchovy in the Parmigiano dressing to satisfy but not overpower.
Make note in the pasta section of the menu of the entrees in which the pasta is made fresh daily – our party ordered the Lasagna Mira Mare and Ravioli di Spinaci con Piselli, Prosciutto e Salsa alla Vodka (a long way of saying spinach ravioli with peas and prosciutto in a vodka sauce). Both were excellent. One of us ordered the Fegato alla Veneta (sauteed calf’s liver with stewed onions), which I’m told was well prepared. I’ll take her word for it.
Lastly, the Cernia all Livornese was their preparation for fresh black grouper with tomatoes, olives, capers and artichokes. The portion size was not large but, the taste and texture of the fish was top notch. Two desserts were shared amongst us – the Tiramisu and the Limoncello Flute – and both were well worth allowing room and time for with an espresso. Service was excellent and unobtrusive. Recommended for lunch or dinner.
In addition to the regular menu, there are specials each meal time as well as an additional pizza menu with some creative twists. Also, if you are seated for dinner between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm, there is a “First Seating” menu offering a three-course dinner for $19.10. An everyday lunch special is a two-course luncheon priced at $12.10 (both the lunch and the dinner deals offer excellent value and quality).
4236 Gulf Shore Blvd., N.