When you’re in the mood for some serious Italian food, make a beeline for Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, where Fratelli Milano has been serving some of the city’s most authentic cucina Italiana for more than five years. This elegant yet laidback spot is great for dinner, but there’s something special about heading here for a leisurely lunch during a weekend outing with friends. Its dining room is a perfect place to beat the heat, with clean white walls and contemporary art, but on milder afternoons, you’ll want to take over one of the sidewalk tables–just the spot to imagine yourself on the Amalfi coast. Start with a bottle of red before perusing the menu, which features soulful takes on Italian classics ranging from veal Milanese and chicken marsala to all manner of fresh pasta dishes. Sharing is caring, so be sure to order at least one of Fratelli Milano’s signature pizzas, perfect for quieting the grumbling stomachs of your hungry crew. The quattro formaggi is as much fun to eat as it is to say, with a delicious medley of mozzarella, fontina, gorgonzola, and parmigiano cheeses and fresh sliced tomatoes. Feel relaxed and free as the food keeps coming and the conversation flows like wine. When the last plates are cleared, you’ll know your group outing in Miami will soon be off to the next destination, but for the moment, close your eyes, listen to the laughter of your friends, and savor the moment. The Italian experience is about more than just food, something the Milan-born twin brothers who own the place know better than almost anyone.