The early reviews for the Torrisi Team's latest blockbuster, Santina, seem to focus more on the restaurant's scene-y vibe than the actual food. And, while the space is a universal winner, visitors were either wowed by the waitstaff or so put off by upsells that they vowed never to return. Here's what diners had to say about the South Beach color scheme, the healthy seafood-filled menu, and the hotly contested service.
The Healthy News: According to this Yelper, Santina compares favorably with the other Torrisi spots, but is a little too healthy: "on par with the excellence of the others, but maybe not as satisfying since they offer mostly healthier, lighter options."
The Upsell News: Alexandra Leite Instagrams a nice-looking salad, but her caption just complains about how the servers tried to shame her into spending more: "First, they voiced loud and clear they didn't think I ordered enough food, then they charge sparkling water by person rather than bottle! Wtf!"
The Smooth Service News: Yelper Bolo J thought the service and the food were impressive, even on opening night: "...the staff could not have been more attentive, professional and – importantly – helpful... The Rigatoni Norma is a lesson in how to make pasta perfectly – a great balance of flavor – and the deceptive Guanciale E Pepe looks like a light, fluffy rice dish, but it is almost just the opposite. It was rich, tasty, and substantial...It was all delicious."
The Preppy News: This Instagrammer digs the South Beach color scheme of her cured salmon dish. She compares the bright plating to preppy clothing: "like a pair of Lily Pulitzer pants," giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "food prep."
The Ninja Chef News: Mario Carbone and the restaurant's guanciale get some love with this tweet:
The Flatbread News: Similar to the absurdly popular flatbread being served at Dirty French, Santina's cecina—a Tuscan chickpea flatbread— is being served with everything from lamb tartare to avocado trapanse. Aside from that one Yelper who wanted it for free, it seems to be a hit among most.
The Dessert News: Sweets also seem to be a hit at Santina and they vary wildly in terms of style. Especially popular are the tri-color cannoli and a key lime meringue, which could have easily been inspired by Enrique Olivera's now-famed corn meringue at Cosme: