Monday, October 5, 2015

La Ruota - A Cozy Italian Spot in Doral

Doral has been starting to make its way into the foodie scene lately, and one sure sign of that is the latest Italian spot to open in the area. La Ruota is a fine dining restaurant that brings a modern, trendy feel to an otherwise cozy space. Located at 10802 NW 58th Street, it serves authentic Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on good service and Miami-style entertainment. There is a small stage on one end of the place that showcases talent scouted by Grammy-Award winner Archie Pena on Friday nights. That's right, I am giving you yet another spectacular date spot to seal the deal in.


Burrata e Prosciutto 
Fried Calamari
The menu at La Ruota includes appetizers such as Arancini, Burrata and Prosciutto, Fried Calamari and Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato. Of these, my favorites were the Burrata and the Fried Calamari. The Burrata consists of creamy, homemade mozzarella sitting atop a bed of fresh prosciutto, greens, and tomatoes, then drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. The Fried Calamaris were crsipy and flavorful, and made it quite difficult to eat just a couple.

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato

A very exciting part of the evening that you want to make sure to experience happens when you order their signature Fettuccine Alla Ruota. The chef comes over to your table and prepares it right in front of your eyes, in a very entertaining fashion. In case you didn't know it, ruota means wheel in Italian, and to prepare this dish, the chef brings out a huge Grana Padano Parmesan Cheese Wheel, and makes the creamy and delicious fetuccine tableside for you, complete with flaming liquor and all.

Grana Padano Parmesan Cheese Wheel

The chef preparing the Fetuccine using a
traditional Italian process

Salmone Zafferano
Piccata di Pollo
After the fun culinary performance, we sampled several menu items for the next course. These were the Rollatini di Vitello,  the Salmone Zafferano, and the Piccata di Pollo. While they were all good, I absolutely loved the Rollatini di Vitello. It was a flavor explosion of a fine veal steak roll, filled with prosciutto di parma, smoked mozzarella cheese and vegetables. The dish is served with linguini aioli.

Rollatini di Vitello

Last but certainly not least, we finished our meal with a traditional Italian dessert very near and dear to my heart. La Ruota has created their own version of the sweet staple, using a  family recipe, and named it Sofi's Tiramisu. I immediately noticed the difference in the combination of textures and subtle tastes that filled every spoonful. It was a perfect way to end the fantastic meal.

Sofi's Tiramisu

For more information on La Ruota, or to make reservations, you can call them at 305-477-8804. Ciao.

La Ruota Italian Cuisine & Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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