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The Herald Bumps Up Bocce to Three Stars; The New Times Praises Izzy’s and More

This week in reviews

Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Andrew Stankus

Roughly two years ago, The Miami Herald gave then newcomer Bocce a rather surprising one-and-a-half star review just a couple months after it opened its doors. But it seems as if the restaurant has since improved. The Herald food editor Evan Benn recently re-reviewed the restaurant and says in his review that the restaurant has "found its groove" with its latest chef Nunzio Fuschillo.

Highlights of the updated menu for Benn included the mozzarella that had a "unmistakable briny tang," the "fresh-as-it-gets" pasta, the "smoky, grilled crostini" served with the lamb meatballs, and the lasagna that he says is the type of dish, "you know is bad for you, but you keep tricking your brain into having one more blissful bite." Overall the restaurant gets the three-star treatment.

At the Miami New Timesits weekly review is on the latest Jamie DeRosa concept, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster. The New England-inspired restaurant gets almost entirely positive critique. Reviewer Valeria Nekhim Lease describes the clam bellies as a "bona fide hit," raves about the "yummy" lobster poutine, and is a fan of the "flaky and delicate" Atlantic blue cod. The only thing that didn’t work was a, "pepper-infused sauce overpowers the delicious meat of a lightly breaded crab cake."

More in the world of reviews: Frodnesor gives his first thoughts on the new Naoe concept, Chowfather gives his input on the latest Cobaya dinner at NIU Kitchen and Chat Chow TV checks out Golden Fig's brunch.

Bocce Bar

3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786-245-6211

Izzy's fish and oysters bar

423 Washington Ave, Miami, FL 33139 (305) 397-8843 Visit Website