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15 Spots to Cure Cacio e Pepe Cravings in Miami

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Fresh pasta, really good Italian cheese, and some black pepper is all that’s needed to make one of the most satisfying pasta dishes known to man. And while cacio e pepe is basically a glorified version of mac and cheese, its simplicity keeps everyone coming back for more. It’s a classic comfort food, that when done well can be the main event.

Here are 15 places serving up some tasty cacio e pepe throughout Miami to help curb those cravings.

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Cacio e Pepe Italian

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If it’s the namesake dish, it’s bound to be good. At Cacio e Pepe Italian in North Miami the cacio e pepe is tossed tableside in an aged cheese wheel before being twirled into a large mountain on each diner’s plate. It’s as simple and classic as it gets.

Via Verdi

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Headed to MiMo with a pasta craving? Check out Via Verdi where the cacio e pepe is one of the most popular dishes. So popular in fact that it’s listed as the first pasta on the menu. No frills needed here, it’s a delightful spaghetti with pecorino Romano and fresh black pepper prepared by two Italian brothers who wanted to bring a piece of their homeland to Miami.

Baiocco Osteria del Mare

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Located right off Biscayne Boulevard this restaurant is an easy one to miss as it looks suspiciously like a gorgeous house in the Morningside neighborhood. But don’t be fooled, the sneaky restaurant serves Italian food in an intimate atmosphere including bigoli cacio e pepe.

Make dinner plans in Upper Buena Vista for a cheesy pasta fix at Palat. Here it’s made with tagliolini, which is just slightly thicker than a regular spaghetti, and allows for just the right amount of fresh pecorino to stick to the pasta with each bite.

Dal Plin (Multiple locations)

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Despite its many name changes, the second-floor food hall located in the Miami Design District has been serving up fresh pasta since day one at Dal Plin. Naturally, there’s a delightful cacio e pepe on the menu.

In the heart of Wynwood, this spot serves Mediterranean meets Southern Italian cuisine and of course that includes cacio e pepe. Here it’s made with bucatini, black skin pecorino romano cheese, sichuan black pepper, and crispy pecorino.

Heading to Adrienne Arsht Center for a show? Pop into Brava where one of the popular main course dishes is a risotto cacio e pepe with Meyer lemon, aged Asiago cheese, and Italian parsley. Opt to add grilled shrimp or roasted maitake mushrooms for some extra oomph.

Macchialina

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At Alton Road’s pasta haven, Macchialina, the cacio e pepe is always a grand slam. It’s made simply and perfectly with spaghetti, shallots, pecorino, and black pepper. It’s usually on the menu, but if it’s not — it can always be made upon request, because as chef Mike Pirolo puts it, “what self respecting Italian can’t make cacio e pepe on the fly?”

Forte dei Marmi

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Head South of Fifth to Forte dei Marmi for truffle cacio e pepe. Topped with shaved truffles, this version of the dish uses bucatini and is served tableside in Pecorino wheel.

Casa Tua Cucina

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Hide from Brickell’s traffic and enjoy a creamy dish of cacio e pepe at Casa Tua Cucina. For those who want a chance to practice their cooking skills — head to the market portion of the Italian food hall to pick up the three necessary ingredients to make it at home.

Tucked into the ground floor of Brickell’s SLS is Fi’lia, an Italian escape with an open kitchen and plenty of pasta dishes. Though it’s the most simple dish on the menu, don’t overlook this cacio e pepe that’s delivered to the table with an extra amount of freshly shredded pecorino on top.

The cacio e pepe at Zucca is another example of simple and straight to the point. At Zucca, the ingredients speak for themselves. It’s prepared using bucatini that’s made fresh each day, and high-quality pecorino, Parmesan, and plenty of black pepper.

Sapore di Mare

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There’s something about a massive cheese wheel filled with pasta — especially pasta that’s topped with fresh truffles. That’s what’s being served at Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove. The cacio e pepe is tossed table-side to ensure maximum cheesiness.

Fiola Miami

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At Fiola, the cacio e pepe gives off major adult macaroni and cheese vibes. The pasta of choice here is oversized Roman shells that fill up with the creamy cheese sauce made using sheep’s pecorino, Parmigiano, and of course black pepper. It’s a gooey delight worth filling up on.

Lucia Pizzeria

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Owned by the folks who are known for their high-end cuts of meat at Grazianos, Lucia is Kendall’s answer for fresh pasta in a family-friendly atmosphere. The cacio e pepe is as classic as it gets made with bucatini, Pecorino Romano, and crushed black pepper.

Cacio e Pepe Italian

If it’s the namesake dish, it’s bound to be good. At Cacio e Pepe Italian in North Miami the cacio e pepe is tossed tableside in an aged cheese wheel before being twirled into a large mountain on each diner’s plate. It’s as simple and classic as it gets.

Via Verdi

Headed to MiMo with a pasta craving? Check out Via Verdi where the cacio e pepe is one of the most popular dishes. So popular in fact that it’s listed as the first pasta on the menu. No frills needed here, it’s a delightful spaghetti with pecorino Romano and fresh black pepper prepared by two Italian brothers who wanted to bring a piece of their homeland to Miami.

Baiocco Osteria del Mare

Located right off Biscayne Boulevard this restaurant is an easy one to miss as it looks suspiciously like a gorgeous house in the Morningside neighborhood. But don’t be fooled, the sneaky restaurant serves Italian food in an intimate atmosphere including bigoli cacio e pepe.

Palat

Make dinner plans in Upper Buena Vista for a cheesy pasta fix at Palat. Here it’s made with tagliolini, which is just slightly thicker than a regular spaghetti, and allows for just the right amount of fresh pecorino to stick to the pasta with each bite.

Dal Plin (Multiple locations)

Despite its many name changes, the second-floor food hall located in the Miami Design District has been serving up fresh pasta since day one at Dal Plin. Naturally, there’s a delightful cacio e pepe on the menu.

dōma

In the heart of Wynwood, this spot serves Mediterranean meets Southern Italian cuisine and of course that includes cacio e pepe. Here it’s made with bucatini, black skin pecorino romano cheese, sichuan black pepper, and crispy pecorino.

BRAVA!

Heading to Adrienne Arsht Center for a show? Pop into Brava where one of the popular main course dishes is a risotto cacio e pepe with Meyer lemon, aged Asiago cheese, and Italian parsley. Opt to add grilled shrimp or roasted maitake mushrooms for some extra oomph.

Macchialina

At Alton Road’s pasta haven, Macchialina, the cacio e pepe is always a grand slam. It’s made simply and perfectly with spaghetti, shallots, pecorino, and black pepper. It’s usually on the menu, but if it’s not — it can always be made upon request, because as chef Mike Pirolo puts it, “what self respecting Italian can’t make cacio e pepe on the fly?”

Forte dei Marmi

Head South of Fifth to Forte dei Marmi for truffle cacio e pepe. Topped with shaved truffles, this version of the dish uses bucatini and is served tableside in Pecorino wheel.

Casa Tua Cucina

Hide from Brickell’s traffic and enjoy a creamy dish of cacio e pepe at Casa Tua Cucina. For those who want a chance to practice their cooking skills — head to the market portion of the Italian food hall to pick up the three necessary ingredients to make it at home.

Fi'lia

Tucked into the ground floor of Brickell’s SLS is Fi’lia, an Italian escape with an open kitchen and plenty of pasta dishes. Though it’s the most simple dish on the menu, don’t overlook this cacio e pepe that’s delivered to the table with an extra amount of freshly shredded pecorino on top.

Zucca

The cacio e pepe at Zucca is another example of simple and straight to the point. At Zucca, the ingredients speak for themselves. It’s prepared using bucatini that’s made fresh each day, and high-quality pecorino, Parmesan, and plenty of black pepper.

Sapore di Mare

There’s something about a massive cheese wheel filled with pasta — especially pasta that’s topped with fresh truffles. That’s what’s being served at Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove. The cacio e pepe is tossed table-side to ensure maximum cheesiness.

Fiola Miami

At Fiola, the cacio e pepe gives off major adult macaroni and cheese vibes. The pasta of choice here is oversized Roman shells that fill up with the creamy cheese sauce made using sheep’s pecorino, Parmigiano, and of course black pepper. It’s a gooey delight worth filling up on.

Lucia Pizzeria

Owned by the folks who are known for their high-end cuts of meat at Grazianos, Lucia is Kendall’s answer for fresh pasta in a family-friendly atmosphere. The cacio e pepe is as classic as it gets made with bucatini, Pecorino Romano, and crushed black pepper.

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