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La Fontana is a one of those restaurants that’s big enough to make you feel comfortable yet small and intimate enough to make you feel at home. It’s located in Doral’s booming downtown area where several construction projects are happening simultaneously and growth is evident in every corner. It’s located right at the heart of where things are happening.
I recently had the opportunity to try their seasonal menu for the first time and was happily impressed! The food was fresh and the service impeccable.
Their Halloween menu offers rich flavors and creative combinations of seasonal vegetables and fruits showcasing the traditional black and orange shades. From the colors to the flavors to the presentation, Executive Chef José Luis Saume has done an amazing job of conveying the warmth of the fall season in every plate.
This Italian ‘ristorante’ is all about traditional cooking and family heritage. You can find Italian favorites like lasagna, burrata pasta, salmon carpaccio, pizza and more, as well as artisan breads and delicious desserts.
It’s a warm, welcoming space that feels like you are dining at someone’s house in Italy, and a lot of this has to do with the restaurant’s background.
It was founded in 1980 in Venezuela by Italian Palmerino “Orazio” and his Venezuelan wife Nahir De Grazia. The origins and culture of both have led to La Fontana’s unique Italian and Venezuelan flavor combination and concept.
The Doral location I visited opened its doors in 2014 as the group’s first U.S. restaurant. They have just announced plans to open two new locations in South Florida: La Fontana Downtown Miami (2016) and La Fontana Rotisserie Doral (2016).
All images provided by La Fontana Ristorante.