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South Florida Food 50: Beto DiCarlo and Sergio Tarantini of Fratellino

Sergio Tarantini, left, and Beto DiCarlo are owners of Fratellino, an Italian restaurant on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
Sergio Tarantini, left, and Beto DiCarlo are owners of Fratellino, an Italian restaurant on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. hgabino@elnuevoherald.com

Beto DiCarlo and Sergio Tarantini, Owners-operators of Fratellino

Why they’re Food 50: In a town that loves Italian food, these guys know it takes more than noodles to succeed.

In the everyone’s-a-critic Internet generation, it’s hard — very hard — to maintain a five-star Yelp rating over hundreds of reviews. The food’s gotta be good, yes, but even more important is customer service. Fratellino, an 18-month-old Italian charmer on Miracle Mile, serves hospitality in droves. Third-generation restaurateur Beto DiCarlo, former of Café Ragazzi in Surfside, and business partner Sergio Tarantini are present every day, greeting customers with smiles and air kisses, sating short waits with glasses of prosecco and laughing with regulars over dessert pulls of espresso.

“Many restaurants are struggling to keep open,” Tarantini says. “But we believe there are always clients longing for basic things such as good food, good service, nice ambiance and reasonable prices. We think that if a higher priority is placed on those basic pillars than on a high profit or being the coolest place in town, there’s a much better chance of making it.”

Where to find them: Fratellino, 264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 786-452-0068

Web: facebook.com/fratellinoristorante1

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