Cheat Sheet: Il Sole

By Carissa Chesanek  |  April 22, 2014

The Villa By Barton G. recently took over Ocean Drive's historic Versace Mansion, bringing with it a new Mediterranean restaurant, Il Sole. Here's what to expect inside this high-end venue. 

The Gist: An upscale seafood-inspired Mediterranean venue with a private pool view terrace parked inside South Beach's old Versace mansion.

The Vibe: With its pebble mosaic walls and frescoed ceiling, this tiny cave-like restaurant keeps things elegant with old-school glamour. 

Eat This: Start with lobster, beets and burrata salad in a mandarin vinaigrette ($24), then work your way through the artichoke ravioli made with ricotta, king trumpet mushrooms and black truffle pearls ($21).

Drink This: Vecchia Modena Lambrusco by the glass ($15).

Skip This: Bone-in prime NY Strip ($54). You're better off going to Red, The Steakhouse - it specializes in its cuts and will cost you less. 

For Fans Of: Maroosh, Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami and Villa Azur

The Damage: The cheapest dish on the menu is the crudo (just slightly under $20 each), so expect to shell out a good chunk of that paycheck for dinner.

The Verdict: Although its decor is slightly out of date and prices are higher than one might like, the iconic setting and attention to fresh seafood make this upscale space worth it for a special occasion. 

1116 Ocean Dr.; 305-576-8003