Miami's culinary scene has seen a resurgence in the last few years. First you had all the big names on Miami Beach, then downtown became the place to eat, followed by Midtown... however Coral Gables has been put on the map lately and it is in part by this unpretentious restaurant called "Eating House".
Miami's own Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli won Chopped on the Food Network in 2012 while he was working at the 660 at the Angler's becoming the first Miami chef to win such competition. At a tender age of 26 he had notoriety, talent, looks, and a $10,000 check from the show to help him pave the way to his new project. After leaving 660, he opened Eating House as a pop-up restaurant in Coral Gables which was a huge success and then later became a brick-and-mortar restaurant that still impresses the people and the media.
The philosophy of the restaurant when it comes to food is very simple, they take really good ingredients and get the best out of them while respecting their integrity. It is a very Italian way of cooking, however the food has influences from all over the place.
The brunch at Eating House is probably the most popular (and hard to get to without a reservation) in the city. The Cap'n Crunch pancakes are so popular that they have been featured in the Cooking Channel as probably the best brunch dish along with the Cuban Bread "Torrejas". The dinner menu includes dishes like homemade burrata, dry-rubbed pig ears, pasta alla carbonara and duck breast, and since the end of September Eating House is open for lunch.
When you don't see Chef Rapicavoli in his kitchen, you can see him training for triathlons. He recently participated in the race "Escape to Miami", and that fact probably adds more cool factor to this down-to-earth chef and to his creations.
Eating House is at 804 ponce de leon blvd. coral gables, fl 33134