Il Gabbiano Serves Up the Best
Italy is known for its soul-satisfying food, and New York for its flawless execution. But the Masci brothers, creators of Manhattan’s famed Il Mulino, are known for combining the two, and they brought their signature, award-winning style to Miami via Il Gabbiano (“The Seagull”). The bayfront restaurant is as authentic as you can get without boarding a plane, and the daily clientele of urbane, worldly patrons keeps Fernando Masci on top of his game.
- Maria Argüello, Ocean Drive
True Italian Class
From the antipasti to the after-dinner limoncello (both gratis), this Downtown sibling of Il Mulino in NYC (and Sunny Isles Beach) exhibits "true Italian class"; expect an "inspired menu", "extensive" wine list, "stellar" service and "elegant" digs that extend to a "beautiful" outdoor terrace where diners can "gaze at Biscayne Bay or into their companion's eyes" – welcome distractions from tabs that reflect the "top-notch" quality.
This Italian restaurant located on the waterfront is a local hotspot for a night out or power lunch.
- Fox Business News
Best Expensive Italian Restaurant 2012
Guests dining at Il Gabbiano are more likely to say, "Gee, that was a nice complimentary snack; let's order dinner now." That's reality for Luigi Tullio and brothers Gino and Fernando Masci, who came to Miami with a sense of abundance and hospitality learned growing up in Abruzzi, Italy (with a 26-year stopover as owners of Greenwich Village's renowned Il Mulino). Dinner plates here overflow with authentic Italian flavors — and the pastas are made in-house, sautéed to order, and boast simple but compelling taste
- Miami New Times
Zagat: Il Gabbiano best Italian restaurant in Miami
Il Gabbiano came out on top among Italian restaurants in Miami, according to USA Today’s Road Warriors and restaurant guidebook publisher Zagat. Italian cuisine is the most popular for Zagat reviewers and the newspaper asked the company to select what it considers to be the top Italian eatery in 22 metros. Il Gabbiano at 335 S. Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami has a cost of about $81 per person, according to Zagat. The restaurant also ranked No. 3 on the Business Journal’s list of the top Zagat-rated restaurants in Miami-Dade County.
- South Florida Business Journal