Best Place for Authentic Italian Food in Destin?

Our family grew up loving a wonderful Italian restaurant called Perri’s, located in Fort Walton Beach. There’s a Facebook memory page called “Fort Walton Beach: What We Did” which often features lengthy discussions any time there’s a mention of Perri’s. Commenters post about their favorite dishes, such as Perri’s spaghetti, veal parmesan, & fettucine alfredo.

Perri’s was especially beloved by our family since we worked at the restaurant in a variety of jobs such as waitress, sous chef, and bus boy. In the B&W photo, that’s our waitress mom on the back row, second from the right, with owners Vic & Aggie Perri, sitting in front, circa 1964. The restaurant had a huge local and vacationer following since it served delicious, authentic Italian food with affordable prices and great service.

Since the Perri’s days, we’ve judged every Italian restaurant against the wonderful food created by Mr. Perri. We now can report a new favorite! We are passing our favorite Italian restaurant crown to Mimmo’s, a great addition to the line-up of excellent restaurants in Destin, Florida.

Our recent meal involved excellent & creative Italian dishes. To start your meal, I would suggest my new favorite appetizer, gamberi alla diavola, shrimp sautéed with garlic & crushed red peppers, served in marinara sauce, ($12.95). Served on toasted bread, I could’ve enjoyed this as a main course – the crushed red pepper gave the sauce a great little kick. Also very popular, Mimmo’s famous Italian garlic rolls – six fresh, homemade rolls served with a garlic butter sauce. ($6.95). We also ordered the meatballs & Italian sausage appetizer, so delicious.  

For our entrees, we ordered a variety. First, spaghetti bolognese, served with traditional meat sauce, slow-cooked in homemade San Marzano tomato sauce ($15.95). I would add meatballs – Mimmo’s meatballs are the real deal. Even better, add both meatballs & sausage, and take home the leftovers – it is a large serving of pasta and we love next-day spaghetti.

We also sampled the homemade tortelloni (stuffed tortelloni pasta with beef & veal, served with a light cream tomato sauce and touch of pesto, and it was a wonderful, tasty dish.

Penne with broccoli & sausage ($15.95) was our surprise favorite. The spicy cream sauce added great flavor. If you are not in a pasta mood, the pizzas, baked in the brick wood-burning pizza oven are an excellent choice.

Looking past appetizers and your main course, don’t miss the nutella pizza. It was a crowd-pleaser with kids and adults. In fact, we should have ordered more than one. It’s a thin-crust pizza with a slight chocolate flavor, topped with nutella and white chocolate chips, then lightly toasted in the pizza oven. Check the nightly specials to also see which homemade desserts are being featured for the night.

Mimmo’s is gaining in popularity so reservations are recommended, call (850) 460-7353. They can also cater special events. The restaurant is located next to Another Broken Egg Cafe in Destin near Target,

Enjoy/Buon Appetito!

Kendra Veach

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It’s Spring, You’re at the Beach, Now What?

These Destin activities are perfect to remix the standard beach day.

In Destin, spring has typically sprung long before the first day of the season. While other regions brave the final few weeks of some of the coldest months of the year, temperatures along the Emerald Coast have already hit the mid-70s. Today’s high is 74 degrees, and we’re right on track to warm, sunny days and long, summer nights.

With clear blue skies, and even clearer blue waters, we can’t help but catch spring fever and start making our way to the beach. Of course, there’s more to do at the beach than simply soak up Vitamin D or take a dip in the water.

Try some of these activities to give your beach day a little flair:

  1. Bocce Ball

Everyone knows about pick-up games of beach volleyball (some famously held behind Whale’s Tale on Scenic 98), but have you ever been in the throes of beach Bocce Ball? Bocce Ball—basically throwing a ball toward a target—is one of the oldest games known to humankind. The game dates back as far as 5200 B.C. and was once played with polished stones. Now, four players try to land two balls as close to the target ball as possible. Sounds easy, until you take into account the rolling—and often unforgiving—mounds of sugar white sand! Pick up a set at any beach shop; most Tom Thumb gas stations even carry them.

  1. Kayaking

Spring is the perfect time for kayaking. The waves are gentle, the water is clear, and if you like to fish, the cobia are running. If kids are paddling out too and you don’t want to risk them kayaking beyond the sand bar or being toppled by waves, head for Crab Island (especially on weekdays) where they can kayak in calm, shallow waters near the Destin Pass. If you need to rent a kayak for the day, cross the bridge to Fred Gannon State Park and enjoy miles of placid paddling in Rocky Bayou, where it’s not uncommon to see dolphins swimming alongside you!

Of course, there are endless ways to have fun in the sun while in Destin, but these two activities offer an easy remix to your time paradise!

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These Destin Condo Rentals are on the Rise!

Watch out for these eye-catching Destin condo rentals, they will charm you into planning your next vacation to the Gulf. Like that is even an issue! Make this trio your go-to-rentals while you plan your next vacation to Destin.

For your next stress free getaway to the Gulf of Mexico choose Alerio C101, a three bedroom, two bathroom condo rental! Here, you will find hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and beachy décor. A quiet and simple feel of luxury is felt throughout. Hey, you can even slip away to the master bathroom for a relaxing bubble bath in the whirlpool tub. Complete with an amazing location, this condo truly inspires a treat-yourself mentality!

When you are ready to plan your next group vacation, look to Costa Vista Townhomes 9 first. This two bedroom condo rental sleeps nine in total. Stretch out in the spacious living room or hang out on the private balcony for some fresh air. Choose to prepare meals in the full kitchen, or dine at some amazing restaurants in Destin – you’re on vacation, give yourself a break!

Refresh your mind with a stay at Crystal Village II 25A, a two bedroom condo rental. In this ground floor condo, you will find quiet restoration and relaxation. Enjoy views of the pool from the private balcony, or views of your favorite TV show from the 60” television. For dinner, walk to Pompano Joe’s restaurant to dine beachside while you enjoy fresh seafood.

We know you are well aware of how gorgeous the emerald green water and sugar white sand of the Gulf are – that’s what initially drew you into the area, right? Well, along with all the other amazing features, these condos come complete with pristine access to the beach. So, place your chair in the sand and grab yourself a drink while you catch some Florida sunshine during your stay.

And of course, browse through our event calendar to see what to do during your next escape to the Destin!

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