Simply, Spasso:A Closer Bite withChef Gaetano Ascione


Coconut Grove has finally awakened from its culinary coma, transforming itself into the new “it” place to eat.

The Grove’s culture has shifted from college hangout to a reputable [dare I say it] “foodie” scene and restaurants like Spasso are representative of this flux; dishing out fine Italian cuisine that’s rustic and fearless.

While the shell of Calamari remains, Spasso takes a detour from the previous owners repertoire and captures all the nuances of Italian cuisine, featuring complex dishes like truffle fondue Tortelloni and Colorado raised Lamb Chops.

Although the whimsical flavors and unadulterated ingredients separate Spasso, the restaurant’s paramount provision is Chef Gaetano Ascione.

Chef Ascione’s piquant personality is just as compelling as his resume.

The former chef of Michelin starred restaurant “Gioco” [Chicago] has sharpened knives in many exotic portions of the world including Asia and Africa and has fed domestic royalty, President Reagan and Carter.

Nevertheless, its Ascione’s table-side presence that sells every time; his story telling and plate narratives are an unexpected dash of soul to your meal.

I adored Spasso’s  eclectic yet unique menu , its all the good “vibes” your palate craves.

A special thanks to Spasso & Chef Ascione, I would bathe in your Tortelloni sauce if it was socially acceptable.

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