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15 Spots to Cure Cacio e Pepe Cravings in Miami

Where to find this classic Roman dish

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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.

Editor’s Note: Most Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Cacio e Pepe Italian

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15903 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
(305) 627-3436
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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 table-side 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.

2. Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club

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9011 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154
(786) 482-2280
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Maybe it’s not quite classic cacio e pepe, but Chef Antonio Mermolia’s linguine cacio e zucchini hits all the same notes — just with a bit of veggie added to it. The freshly made linguine is expertly coated in Pecorino Romano making it perfectly creamy and cheesy with every bite.

3. Via Verdi

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6900 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 615-2870
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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, 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.

4. Baiocco Osteria del Mare

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5599 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 759-1007
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Located right off Biscayne Blvd, this restaurant is an easy one to miss as it looks suspiciously like its just a gorgeous house in the Morningside neighborhood. The sneaky restaurant serves authentic Italian food in an intimate atmosphere, including bigoli cacio e pepe.

5. Palat

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4702 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 953-7577
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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.

6. Dal Plin

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140 NE 39th St STE 241
Miami, FL 33137
(954) 806-7067
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Despite its many name changes, the second-floor food hall located in Miami’s 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.

7. Sette Osteria

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2103 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-8282
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Pop into this D.C. transplant, Sette Osteria, in Wynwood for a plate of cacio e pepe. Do it during the daily happy hour that takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 9 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday to pair the pasta with $6 glasses of wine.

8. Macchialina

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5506, 820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124
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At Alton Road pasta haven, Macchialina, the cacio e pepe is technically only available on Thursdays during the restaurant’s famous Pasta Thursdays (when it serves nine different pastas for just $10 each). What most people don’t know is it’s also a “hidden menu” item, and can always be made upon request. As chef Mike Pirolo puts it, “what self respecting Italian can’t make cacio e pepe on the fly?”

9. Forte dei Marmi

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150 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 276-3095
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Head South of Fifth to Forte dei Marmi for truffle cacio e pepe. Topped with freshly shaved truffles, this version of the dish uses bucatini and is served tableside in Pecorino wheel.

10. Casa Tua Cucina

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70 SW 7th St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 755-0320
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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.

11. Fi'lia

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1300 S Miami Ave Suite 100
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 912-1729
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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.

12. Zucca

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162 Alcazar Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 580-3731
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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.

13. Sapore di Mare

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3111 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 476-8292
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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.

14. Fiola Miami

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1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 912-2639
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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.

15. Lucia Pizzeria

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8755 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 249-1043
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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.

1. Cacio e Pepe Italian

15903 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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 table-side 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.

15903 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

2. Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club

9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

Maybe it’s not quite classic cacio e pepe, but Chef Antonio Mermolia’s linguine cacio e zucchini hits all the same notes — just with a bit of veggie added to it. The freshly made linguine is expertly coated in Pecorino Romano making it perfectly creamy and cheesy with every bite.

9011 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

3. Via Verdi

6900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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, 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.

6900 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

4. Baiocco Osteria del Mare

5599 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

Located right off Biscayne Blvd, this restaurant is an easy one to miss as it looks suspiciously like its just a gorgeous house in the Morningside neighborhood. The sneaky restaurant serves authentic Italian food in an intimate atmosphere, including bigoli cacio e pepe.

5599 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

5. Palat

4702 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

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.

4702 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

6. Dal Plin

140 NE 39th St STE 241, Miami, FL 33137

Despite its many name changes, the second-floor food hall located in Miami’s 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.

140 NE 39th St STE 241
Miami, FL 33137

7. Sette Osteria

2103 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Pop into this D.C. transplant, Sette Osteria, in Wynwood for a plate of cacio e pepe. Do it during the daily happy hour that takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 9 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday to pair the pasta with $6 glasses of wine.

2103 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

8. Macchialina

5506, 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

At Alton Road pasta haven, Macchialina, the cacio e pepe is technically only available on Thursdays during the restaurant’s famous Pasta Thursdays (when it serves nine different pastas for just $10 each). What most people don’t know is it’s also a “hidden menu” item, and can always be made upon request. As chef Mike Pirolo puts it, “what self respecting Italian can’t make cacio e pepe on the fly?”

5506, 820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Forte dei Marmi

150 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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

150 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Casa Tua Cucina

70 SW 7th St, Miami, FL 33130

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.

70 SW 7th St
Miami, FL 33130

11. Fi'lia

1300 S Miami Ave Suite 100, Miami, FL 33130

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.

1300 S Miami Ave Suite 100
Miami, FL 33130

12. Zucca

162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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.

162 Alcazar Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

13. Sapore di Mare

3111 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133

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.

3111 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133

14. Fiola Miami

1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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.

1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146

15. Lucia Pizzeria

8755 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173

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.

8755 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33173

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