Best of Cuisine

Miami's Best Italian Restaurants

Gone are the days when Italian just meant red sauce; a new crop of regionally focused Italian restaurants have filled our dining scene. Presenting Miami's must-try spots for Italian cuisine.

Il Gabbiano

ItalianDowntown
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.6
Service

"Don't fill up" on the "hefty" complimentary antipasti that opens for "delightful" main courses at this Downtown Italian "oasis" from the creators of Il Mulino New York that boasts a "great wine selection" and "crisp, attentive" service; the "upscale", white-sheathed interiors are "lively" (read: "cacophonous"), while the terrace offers "magical" Biscayne Bay views – either way, patrons will need their "platinum cards" to pay the "stiff prices."

Macchialina

ItalianSouth Beach
4.5
Food
4.0
Decor
4.2
Service

The flavors are "beyond superb" at this "consistently outstanding" SoBe Italian standout delivering "creative" twists on traditional fare (plus wine and cocktails) from chef/co-owner Michael Pirolo, a Scarpetta alum; the upscale "pub-style atmosphere", with brick-and-chalkboard walls, is enhanced by "friendly, professional" servers, providing the finishing touch on this "gastronomic gem."

Basilico Ristorante

ItalianMiami
4.5
Food
4.1
Decor
4.3
Service

"Who would have thought such a gem was hidden in a tiny strip mall" in Doral – or hard by the airport – wonder fans of this Northern Italian duo that dishes out "exceptional" fare at a relatively "great value"; the experience is "never disappointing", thanks to a "casual" yet "elegant" atmosphere and "first-class" service that makes patrons "feel at home."

Il Mulino New York - South Beach

ItalianSouth Beach
4.5
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

"High-end" Northern Italian fare "consistently delights" diners at this "bit of Manhattan" in Sunny Isles Beach's Acqualina Resort and its sleek South Beach sibling, both branches of the NYC original; while tabs are "not cheap", fans say the "divine" service and "sublime" overall experience make the prices "justified."

Macaluso's

ItalianSouth Beach
4.5
Food
3.7
Decor
4.2
Service

A visit to this "small but popular" SoBe ristorante is "like dining at your Italian grandmother's", courtesy of "authentic and delicious" dishes, but just like at grandma's, "don't ask for substitutions"; "no reservations" can make getting a table tough, but fans say this "very casual" spot, decorated with black-and-white photos, "never disappoints"; P.S. its next-door market serves lunch and sells prepared foods.

MC Kitchen

ItalianDesign District
4.5
Food
4.5
Decor
4.4
Service

"Every dish is a masterpiece" thanks to "über-talented" chef Dena Marino, who crafts "inventive" takes on Italian classics at this "modern" Design District "delight" that also boasts an impressive wine list; while "pricing is not for the faint of heart", "excellent" service and a "beautiful" setting (including a delicate installation of butterflies in pursuit of a plane) contribute to a "lovely dining experience."

Tamarina Restaurant & Bar

ItalianBrickell Area

A team from hot spot Zuma is behind this upscale eatery in Brickell specializing in Italian coastal fare, including crudo, seafood, savory meats and house-made pastas. Rose lighting, white drapery and antique mirrors and furniture lend the dining room and adjacent Oyster Bar a cozy yet chic feel, while the candlelit wrap-around terrace further raises the glamour quotient with a Champagne Bar.

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