With dishes inspired by Nonna herself, Pasta Del Giorno has opened its doors in Kendall.
In the space that was Krissals for 14 years is now a revamped Italian bistro with a cozy atmosphere that puts quality and service above anything else.
You can expect the music of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra playing softly as you peruse the enticing menu.
For lunch, a variety of subs, paninis and wraps are prepared to order, and individual pizzas are perfect for when on the go. The same pastas available for dinner are served a bit smaller during lunchtime, so you have room to come back for more at night.
Fried polenta is one of those appetizers you just have to get when it’s offered. With a crispy exterior and creamy inside, you’ll find it hard to share these. Entrees include classic-style gnocchi and lasagnas with béchamel sauce which are made every day right at the restaurant. And for a lighter option you can’t go wrong with the grilled mahi mahi and side of fresh veggies.
After, give in to your sweet tooth with homemade panqueques filled with dulce de leche, hazelnut spread and topped with a scoop of ice cream. Follow with an Italian espresso and then call it a night.
There’s always a special going on at Pasta Del Giorno. Mondays bring all-you-can-eat pasta and salad for just $10.95, while kids 12-years-old and under eat free on Tuesdays.
Owner Ariel Rodriguez and his family can be found mingling with eaters and making sure they get what they want. He shares his secret to keeping people happy.
“You have to treat people the way you want to be treated,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if the person is looking for an upscale experience, or to just sit down and have a beer. We cater to everyone here.”
Pasta Del Giorno is located at 8739 SW 136th in Kendall.
A version of this article was published in MyCityEats.