Cèrto Risto & Pizza- Authentic Italian Food in a Great Location

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On July - 11 - 2022

Cèrto Risto & Pizza recently opened in the Coral Gables/ West Miami area and locals couldn’t be happier. “Cèrto”which means truth, is used a great deal in Italian as an affirmation, and the truth about Cèrto is that it offers guests a comfortable, convenient setting in which to enjoy a variety of authentic Italian dishes. “I wanted a short, positive name that would give customers a good memory when thinking about their visit to Cèrto, shares Certo’s owner, Giovanni Astudillo (Gio), who was born in Ecuador and moved to New York when he was 16 years old. Gio finished high school and attended college before deciding to dedicate his life to  the restaurant business. He  saved money little by little with the hopes of one day opening a small restaurant.  Gio gained extensive restaurant experience at New York’s Barbetta,Remi, Palio and Becco to name a few.

In Miami, Gio helped to open Anacapri on Ponce de Leon and was instrumental in the opening of  Farinelli, where he served as General Manager. He later became the GM of both Apizza Brooklyn locations. After years of hard work, Gio’s dream of opening his restaurant came true, and Cèrto was born!

Gio’s vision for Cèrto Risto & Pizza “Is for it to be an elegant yet casual place that provides good food and outstanding service, with menu options for everyone and a boutique wine list to complement each unique dish. Customers are in love with the restaurant, we have lots of regulars already. We have earned 5 stars on Yelp and 4.7 stars on google reviews.”

Cèrto was recently nominated for “Best New Restaurant in Miami” by the Miami Herald.

Gio’s favorite dishes include:

Polipo Alla Legna 

Wood oven roasted octopus with a mild spicy herbs oil served with a julienne of squash, carrots, and zucchini, and a tricolore salad;

Focaccia Coste della Croce 

Topped with braised short ribs, caramelized onions, arugula, and fontina cheese;

Fiocchi Alla Gorgonzola 

Purse-shaped pasta filled with pear and ricotta cheese, served in a gorgonzola cream sauce;

Ossobuco Di Vitello 

Braised veal shank in white wine and vegetables, served over risotto al parmigiano;

Zabaglione Con Frutti Di Bosco 

Light custard made with sweet marsala wine served in a caramel sugar bowl topped with fresh mixed berries.

This writer was fortunate to sample the Polipo, Focaccia, (both  cooked in the wood oven) and Fiocchi Alla Gorgonzola and I would agree with Gio on just how outstanding these dishes are. The Fiocchi is hands-down, one of the best pastas I’ve ever tasted this side of Italy!

Cèrto offers a number of specials, including Executive lunch (30% off on food) on weekdays,

Neighbors night (20% off on food) on Monday nights, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm with an early-bird discount of 20% off on food from 9:00-11:30 am. Use code SUMMER20 for online orders to save 20%. There is also a Wine Room available for special occasions. 

Check out this interview:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4FrPQac0zFI

For more information visit:    https://certomiami.com 

Cèrto Risto & Pizza

1200 SW 58 Avenue  Miami, Florida 33144 305.456.3200

Follow: @Certo.Miami


Leave a Reply