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15 Great Spots in Miami for Italian Cuisine

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Cappelletti from Osteria Morini
| Anthony Leo/Official Press Photo/Osteria Morini

Nothing screams comfort better than a bowl full of pasta — or lasagna or a perfectly rendered veal Milanese. Whether reminiscent of Nona’s recipe or that bucket list trip along the Amalfi Coast, Italian food makes every day a better one. While there’s just under 5,000 miles from Miami to Milan, there’s plenty of takeout options representing Bel Paese in the Magic City. Here are some of the highlights.

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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. NiDo Caffe Italian Restaurant

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7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 960-7022
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Famous for its house made mozzarella bar, NiDo also serves up some beloved Italian fare. Sure the burrata is a must order, but it’s lasagna ni do made with beef ragut and a béchamel sauce is also worthy of praise. For those craving something a bit lighter, it also offers branzino, grilled salmon, and tuna tartare. 

2. Dal Plin

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140 NE 39th St STE 241
Miami, FL 33137
(954) 806-7067
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Spearheaded by a charming Italian duo that hails from Milan, Dal Plin — named after a pinched ravioli from the owner’s hometown — serves up hearty authentic Italian cuisine, made-to-order like bucatini cacio e pepe, poached lobster fettuccine, truffle risotto, and eggplant parmigiana.

3. Divieto Ristorante

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10650 NW 41st St
Doral, FL 33178
(305) 470-8038
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This longtime Doral favorite is now offering many of its popular dishes family style, which is perfect for feeding a crowd at home (or having ample leftovers). Grab a tray of its popular lasagna bolognese or spaghetti and meatballs, and make sure to leave room for its decadent fudge brownie. Single sized entrees from the extensive menu are available, too. Outdoor dining is also offered. 

4. Via Emilia Garden

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3500 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 359-4990
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This Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown offers its extensive menu for takeout. Appetizers include funghi in pastella di birra (beer-battered mushrooms), proscuitto di parma with fried gnocco, while main courses winners are tagliatelle with sausage, mushrooms, and cream sauce; and pumpkin cappellacci in Bolognese sauce. Outdoor dining is also available.

5. dōma

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35 NE 26th St
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 953-6946
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Serving fine dining Italian cuisine without the fine dining sticker shock, this Wynwood eatery features delicate starters like zucchini flowers tempura with ricotta, basil, an eggplant emulsion and balsamic vinegar and black truffle beef tartare. Pastas range from classics like bucatini cacio e pepe to more modern renditions like gnocchi prawns and burrata, hamachi carpaccio risotto.

6. Casa Isola Osteria

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1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 558-5787
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Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

7. Red Sauce by Mignonette

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210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 374-4635
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Chef Danny Serfer’s Italian pop-up celebrates the comforts of Italian cooking with to-go items like Mussels Red (pan-roasted in a spicy red sauce), saffron arancini with fig jam, spaghetti meatballs, veal marsala, and eggplant Parmigiana. End the feast with lemon ricotta cheesecake. Available for takeout or delivery.

8. Osteria Morini

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1750 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 918-1037
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From the team behind Michelin-stared Marea and Ai Fiori comes Miami Beach’s latest Italian destination, Osteria Morini. Perched on the Collins Canal inside the Kimpton Palomar South Beach, it boasts cuisine from Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region like seafood salad, prosciutto and mortadella meatballs, ricotta gnocchi in a black kale pesto, squid ink pasta, pistachio-crusted duck breast, and more.

9. Macchialina

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820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124
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This cozy, family-owned Italian restaurant is home to some of the best pasta in the city. Start with the creamy polenta, order a bottle of Lambrusco, and end with the tiramisu — there’s no wrong move in between. Its popular market that debuted during the citywide lockdown is also still offered. Open for takeout, delivery, and its new outdoor patio dubbed “il Giardino.”

10. Carbone

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49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The South Beach location of the incredibly popular red-sauce focused eatery serves up the same high-end takes on classic Italian-American dishes that its New York City counterpart has since 2012 like its famous spicy rigatoni in a vodka sauce; the Caesar salad “alla ZZ” that is prepared table-side; veal chop parmesan; and more — alongside some serious old school vibes, potent cocktails, and plenty of people watching.

11. Fi'lia

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1300 S Miami Ave #100
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 239-1330
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Italians are known for their stellar wood-fired pizzas, and Fi’lia is no exception. Starters like the stracciatella with truffle honey or the meatballs with whipped ricotta are great to open the appetite. Pies like spicy soppressatta or cauliflower and fontina cheese are hits, or opt for spaghetti carbonara or the wood-grilled sirloin skirt steak.

12. Fratellino Ristorante

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264 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134
(786) 452-0068
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This longstanding Coral Gables Italian outpost offers diners hearty classics that has made it a staple in the neighborhood for years. It features oversized Italian specialties like risottos, eggplant parmigiana, four cheese gnocchi, pear filled ravioli, and more. And don’t skip the bread, the crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside creation has a fan following of its own. 

13. Sapore di Mare

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3111 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 476-8292
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Probably best known for its decadent cacio e pepe that is finished by being tossed on a huge parmesan wheel, this Coconut Grove Italian restaurant also boasts other creative pastas worth trying like the spaghetti pesto with a Chilean sea bass, lobster ravioli, parpedelle with lamb ragu, along with a variety of salads and protein-filled dishes to round out the menu.

14. Bellini

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2988 McFarlane Rd
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 800-7672
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Perched atop Coconut Grove’s Mr. C Hotel, this upscale eatery is the brainchild of Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani. Takeout dishes include grilled octopus with pea puree, sautéed clams alla veneziana, and tartufo Nero Di Norcia.

15. Fiola Miami

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1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 912-2639
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This upscale Italian eatery boasts a menu filled with pristine seafood, house-made pastas (which are all offered in gluten-free varieties) such as short rib agnolotti, alongside heartier dishes like prosciutto-wrapped veal chops and melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef, paired with an extensive wine selection. For those looking to impress a date or celebrate a special occasion, Fiola is guaranteed to make the night memorable. 

1. NiDo Caffe Italian Restaurant

7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Famous for its house made mozzarella bar, NiDo also serves up some beloved Italian fare. Sure the burrata is a must order, but it’s lasagna ni do made with beef ragut and a béchamel sauce is also worthy of praise. For those craving something a bit lighter, it also offers branzino, grilled salmon, and tuna tartare. 

7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

2. Dal Plin

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

Spearheaded by a charming Italian duo that hails from Milan, Dal Plin — named after a pinched ravioli from the owner’s hometown — serves up hearty authentic Italian cuisine, made-to-order like bucatini cacio e pepe, poached lobster fettuccine, truffle risotto, and eggplant parmigiana.

140 NE 39th St STE 241
Miami, FL 33137

3. Divieto Ristorante

10650 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178

This longtime Doral favorite is now offering many of its popular dishes family style, which is perfect for feeding a crowd at home (or having ample leftovers). Grab a tray of its popular lasagna bolognese or spaghetti and meatballs, and make sure to leave room for its decadent fudge brownie. Single sized entrees from the extensive menu are available, too. Outdoor dining is also offered. 

10650 NW 41st St
Doral, FL 33178

4. Via Emilia Garden

3500 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

This Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown offers its extensive menu for takeout. Appetizers include funghi in pastella di birra (beer-battered mushrooms), proscuitto di parma with fried gnocco, while main courses winners are tagliatelle with sausage, mushrooms, and cream sauce; and pumpkin cappellacci in Bolognese sauce. Outdoor dining is also available.

3500 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. dōma

35 NE 26th St, Miami, FL 33137

Serving fine dining Italian cuisine without the fine dining sticker shock, this Wynwood eatery features delicate starters like zucchini flowers tempura with ricotta, basil, an eggplant emulsion and balsamic vinegar and black truffle beef tartare. Pastas range from classics like bucatini cacio e pepe to more modern renditions like gnocchi prawns and burrata, hamachi carpaccio risotto.

35 NE 26th St
Miami, FL 33137

6. Casa Isola Osteria

1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Red Sauce by Mignonette

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132

Chef Danny Serfer’s Italian pop-up celebrates the comforts of Italian cooking with to-go items like Mussels Red (pan-roasted in a spicy red sauce), saffron arancini with fig jam, spaghetti meatballs, veal marsala, and eggplant Parmigiana. End the feast with lemon ricotta cheesecake. Available for takeout or delivery.

210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL 33132

8. Osteria Morini

1750 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

From the team behind Michelin-stared Marea and Ai Fiori comes Miami Beach’s latest Italian destination, Osteria Morini. Perched on the Collins Canal inside the Kimpton Palomar South Beach, it boasts cuisine from Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region like seafood salad, prosciutto and mortadella meatballs, ricotta gnocchi in a black kale pesto, squid ink pasta, pistachio-crusted duck breast, and more.

1750 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Macchialina

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This cozy, family-owned Italian restaurant is home to some of the best pasta in the city. Start with the creamy polenta, order a bottle of Lambrusco, and end with the tiramisu — there’s no wrong move in between. Its popular market that debuted during the citywide lockdown is also still offered. Open for takeout, delivery, and its new outdoor patio dubbed “il Giardino.”

820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Carbone

49 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The South Beach location of the incredibly popular red-sauce focused eatery serves up the same high-end takes on classic Italian-American dishes that its New York City counterpart has since 2012 like its famous spicy rigatoni in a vodka sauce; the Caesar salad “alla ZZ” that is prepared table-side; veal chop parmesan; and more — alongside some serious old school vibes, potent cocktails, and plenty of people watching.

49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Fi'lia

1300 S Miami Ave #100, Miami, FL 33130

Italians are known for their stellar wood-fired pizzas, and Fi’lia is no exception. Starters like the stracciatella with truffle honey or the meatballs with whipped ricotta are great to open the appetite. Pies like spicy soppressatta or cauliflower and fontina cheese are hits, or opt for spaghetti carbonara or the wood-grilled sirloin skirt steak.

1300 S Miami Ave #100
Miami, FL 33130

12. Fratellino Ristorante

264 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

This longstanding Coral Gables Italian outpost offers diners hearty classics that has made it a staple in the neighborhood for years. It features oversized Italian specialties like risottos, eggplant parmigiana, four cheese gnocchi, pear filled ravioli, and more. And don’t skip the bread, the crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside creation has a fan following of its own. 

264 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134

13. Sapore di Mare

3111 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Probably best known for its decadent cacio e pepe that is finished by being tossed on a huge parmesan wheel, this Coconut Grove Italian restaurant also boasts other creative pastas worth trying like the spaghetti pesto with a Chilean sea bass, lobster ravioli, parpedelle with lamb ragu, along with a variety of salads and protein-filled dishes to round out the menu.

3111 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133

14. Bellini

2988 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133

Perched atop Coconut Grove’s Mr. C Hotel, this upscale eatery is the brainchild of Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani. Takeout dishes include grilled octopus with pea puree, sautéed clams alla veneziana, and tartufo Nero Di Norcia.

2988 McFarlane Rd
Miami, FL 33133

15. Fiola Miami

1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

This upscale Italian eatery boasts a menu filled with pristine seafood, house-made pastas (which are all offered in gluten-free varieties) such as short rib agnolotti, alongside heartier dishes like prosciutto-wrapped veal chops and melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef, paired with an extensive wine selection. For those looking to impress a date or celebrate a special occasion, Fiola is guaranteed to make the night memorable. 

1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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