Power Lunch: Miami's Tre Italian Bistro—Home To Reliably Good Meals

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Tre Italian Bistro located at 270 E. Fllager St.
Tre Italian Bistro located at 270 E. Fllager St.

When downtown Miami dynamo attorney Neisen Kasdin wants to sit down for a reliably good meal, it doesn't take much traveling.

The managing partner at the Miami office of Akerman can take a 30-second stroll across the street to Tre Italian Bistro, where on most days the doors are literally wide open to downtown power brokers.

"We joke it's Akerman lunchroom," Kasdin told the Daily Business Review, noting he frequently hits the lunch spot and is partial to its eponymous salad.

"There's other great food, too," chimed in T. Spencer Crowley III, a partner at the firm. "Pizza, chicken parm, calzones."

Located on heavily trafficked Flagler Street just a block from Biscayne Boulevard, Tre opened in 2010 on a site formerly occupied by a discount luggage store and has since been serving up what co-owner Jose Goyanes calls "Italian, but not typical classic Italian."

Among perennial favorites, according to Goyanes, are the Tre Salad, with chicken, bacon and two types of cheese over a bed of spring greens, and the insalata frutti di mare, which features a vareity of seafood over baby spinach. The restaurant also serves up assorted burgers and pasta, as well as pizza cooked in an Italian hardwood-burning oven.

Goyanes is partial to what he describes as a "fantastic"—and at $14, sensibly priced—lasagna.

On a recent sunny afternoon, the restaurant had a lively midday crowd. The venue sits about 100 people in and out, with most of the seating outdoors. Patrons can choose to sit in a dining room where the sliding doors are generally wide open to the street or at curbside tables that hug the street corner.

While the staff moves seamlessly between the patrons indoors and out, there's a definite difference in mood between the patrons. Most sitting inside use the space to break bread and talk shop over quick power lunches, while those outside are more likely to lounge and people watch over a post-meal tiramisu.

'Great Force'

Goyanes told us he relied on his experience as the owner of other downtown Miami businesses—La Loggia across from the Dade County Courthouse, Churchill's Barber Shop and three Metro Beauty Centers beauty supply stores—to open up the venue.

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