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Cafe Prima Pasta

Map & Directions 414 71st St.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
  • Italian
  • Sun 5pm-12am, Mon-Thu 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages served
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

When Cafe Prima Pasta opened in 1993, diners lined the sidewalk for one of the 28 seats in Gerardo Cea's family-run trattoria. Since then the Cea family has taken over the whole building -- including the sidewalk, which is now an outdoor dining patio. But the place is still almost always busy, and the welcome is still as personal as it was when the place was an eighth of its present size. And the pastas, breads, and desserts are still housemade (by Cea's mom and dad). Stand-out pasta dishes include black linguine with a choice of three sauces (zesty marinara, spicy fra diavolo, or particularly delectable creamy lobster) and, also with the latter sauce, raviolotti stuffed with crabmeat -- real crab, not surimi. But since pastas are unfailingly cooked to perfect al dente chewiness and basic ingredients like olive oil are of top quality, even the more simple fettuccine carbonara or spaghetti aglio e olio (with garlic, olive oil, and basil) are satisfying. Those with room for one of the secondi piatti should not miss vitello giardino; the breaded cutlet is topped with lemon vinaigrette-dressed mixed greens and a side of penne marinara -- or, for a supplemental charge, a substitute pasta -- and ranks among Miami's tastiest veal preparations. And leave room -- or make room -- for Mama Carla's homemade apple tart.

Member Reviews

  • joshp26 wrote a review for Cafe Prima Pasta
    on 08/15/10

    The very best Italian I've ever had. I've been going there for years and recommend them any chance I get.

  • davidfortabat wrote a review for Cafe Prima Pasta
    on 07/28/10

    Cafe Prima Pasta, one of the best restaurant in Miami North-Beach by a mile !!!!!!!!!

  • xilonem wrote a review for Cafe Prima Pasta
    on 07/22/10

    Pasta Perfection try going during Miami Spice Months in Aug and September! the Owners are Argentinian and the food is delicious! the locations is extremely homey and nice although its far into the beach the drive is deff worth it

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