Some people tend to mellow with age, like grandpa, who only last week was a ball of life, and now just wants to sleep all day lon...oh crap. For a downtown power lunch staple heading to the more chilled-out environs of Key Biscayne, sit down at Puntino.
From a Naples (Italy) native who tolerated business-lunch and dinner crowds running Puntino downtown, the Key version's got a Sicilian chef and offers Southern Italian grub in a slick setting with dark stone floors, an espresso wood loft, psychedelic rock 'n' roll paintings (w/ Mick Jagger, vibrant colors, and rocket ships), and a two-story wall of blond limestone, who thinks sedimentary is where the dude from a couple sentences earlier is buried. Apps mean seafood like Frittura di Pesce (fried squid rings, shrimp & fresh herbs) and Tartar di Tonno Pinna Gialla (raw yellowfin w/ ginger lemon dressing), meats including Carpaccio di Manzo (thin raw filet mignon topped with organic baby arugula, lemon juice, and olive oil), and a plate with both hard and soft cheese, although how Stallone and Celine Dion coexist is anybody's guess. Bigger plates're fresh pasta takes like housemade Ravioli al Granchio (stuffed with jumbo crab meat and lemon zest in a light pink vodka sauce) plus entrees like Bistecca Alla Griglia (grilled steak with rosemary roasted potatoes and sauteed cocktail 'shrooms), and Tagliata Di Tonnarello: pan-seared tuna w/ mango sauce and spicy "mushed" spuds, who're still trying to regain their rep as party animals after appearing in Snow Dogs.
For desserts they've got daily specials on gelato as well as Tiramusu Alla Veneziana and Torta Della Nonna, a classic Italian lemon and pine nut tart -- because no matter how old and mellow he gets, every man wants a tart.
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