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Don"t be fooled by the oversize Nunzio"s Ristorante sign adorning the strip mall tower as this restaurant is out of place in a cookie-cutter environment. The interior is more in tune with Nunzio"s identity. It"s a family-owned, community restaurant in the classic Italian-American tradition. Italy and Catholicism are prevalent in the restaurant, just as you"d expect. The food is similarly straightforward. The pizza, while not gourmet, is prepared with generous amounts of mozzarella and tomato sauce. The Godfather pizza (large $19.50) is not for the coronary-challenged; it includes five different meats (ground beef, meatballs, sausage, ham, and pepperoni). The Sicilian pizza ($18) is even heavier and takes a good 45 minutes to prepare, which will give you time to work up an appetite (you"ll need it). They have all the standard baked entrées and others that you hardly see these days, including manicotti ($12.25), cannelloni ($12.25), and gnocchi ($12.75).
On a busy night, it wouldn't be unusual to see Papa Nunzio struggling with two shopping carts filled with fresh ingredients from the Publix across the way in the same shopping center. Mama Nunzio would most likely be in the kitchen yelling in Italian at her staff to cook faster, and their sons would be taking food orders and talking soccer with the guests. The Nunzios, originally from Naples, have been providing Miami with home-cooked Italian meals since 1974. This is definitely a family... More »
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