5 best Italian spots in South Beach

Cibo

Next time you find yourself in South Beach and in the mood for some Italian, head to any of these Miami Beach mainstays. We promise they’ll hit the spot. 

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1. Macchialina

If you’re looking for a sleek, intimate tratoria, the cozy vibe and the bold and rustic Italian menu (helmed by Chef Michael Pirolo) at the locally-driven Macchialina is the spot for you. 

May we suggest: Creamy Polenta, with proper sausage, “Macchialina Blend” of sausage ragu and cipollini; Beet Mezzaluna, with hazelnuts, brown butter, and ricotta salata; 21 day dry aged NY strip, with crushed fingerlings and truffled mushrooms. 

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach

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2. Dolce Italian

Located in the iconic Gale Hotel, Dolce Italian offers two experiences: a lively, casual atmosphere downstairs in the bar area, and an upscale, romantic and intimate vibe upstairs. No matter which experience you’re after, you’re in for some elegant, handcrafted Italian delights.

May we suggest: Grilled octopus, with chickpeas, farro, pistachio vinaigrette; Burrata, with crostone alla griglia, crispy brussel sprouts, prosciutto; Tartufata pizza, with bianca, speck, spicy salami, truffle oil; Semiffredo al Bourbon, with caramelized pecans, maple syrup, bomboloni. 

1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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3. Cibo Wine Bar South Beach

Contemporary meets rustic at this South Beach wine bar, featuring classic Italian dishes and a collection of specialty wines extensive enough to dazzle even the most discerning wine connoisseur. 

May we suggest: Polenta fries with gorgonzola dip; Formaggi, a selection of soft and hard Italian cheeses, walnuts, and honey peppered pineapple; Ravioli, stuffed with lobster, lemon, béchamel, and lobster cream sauce. 

200 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach

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4. Prime Italian

The sister to Prime 112, Myles Chefetz’s Prime Italian at the Hilton Bentley is your classic Italian steakhouse. If you’re looking for a hip, swanky, and happening social crowd (and plenty of large-scale portions), it’s the place to see, be seen, and satisfy big appetites.

May we suggest: Prosciutto, aged 500 days, sliced to order and served with a daily selection of artisanal cheeses, fresh seasonal fruits and house made grissini; Grilled Kobe Meatball with polenta, tomato and shaved parmesan; Maine Lobster pizza with fontina and grilled scallions.

101 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

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5. Bianca

Sleek, luxurious and upscale, Bianca at the Delano Hotel embodies the concept of modern day opulence in both atmosphere and menu offerings. Chef de Cuisine Jason Bamford’s menu brings a balance of simplicity and extravagance by featuring light, fresh fare with unexpected ingredients and flavor pairings. 

May we suggest: Steak Tartare, with lavender, grain mustard, sherry, and bone marrow; Nero di Seppia with squid ink spaghetti, market clams, shrimp, mussels, squid, saron, and Calabrian chili. 

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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