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11 Must-Try Miami Pasta Dishes

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It may be bikini season all year long in Miami, but that shouldn’t be stopping anyone from getting some carb loading on. Miami has almost as many amazing pasta dishes as it does beaches. From happy hole-in-the-wall deals to fine dining, there’s something for everyone — from vegetarian dishes to one pound meatballs and everything in between. There’s really no excuse to not make the most of the promising pasta our city has to offer.

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Vesuvio al Pomodorino at Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club

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Made with a fun curly pasta called eliche, this simple pomodoro pasta is a beloved specialty by chef Antonio Mermolia. Featuring just pasta, cherry tomatoes, and basil it is an absolute delight.

Tortellini in Brodo at Boia De

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Tucked in an unassuming shopping plaza is Boia De, home to some of the best food in town. The menu changes seasonally, but if the tortellini in brodo is on the menu make sure to order it. These bite sized pillows of pasta are bathing in a broth that’s so good it’s hard not to sip it straight out of the dish.

Spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta

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The spaghetti at Scarpetta is as simple as it sounds. The fresh made pasta, tomatoes, and basil are plated into a perfect pasta ball shape. The dish is brought to the table under a cloche, allowing it to steam and be piping hot as it is placed on the table. Pro tip: it’s featured on the Miami Spice menu every year. 

Wild mushroom rigatoni at Osteria Morini

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Pop into the Kimpton Palomar on Miami Beach for creative Italian eats at Osteria Morini restaurant. Hailing from New York, its menu features an array of handmade pasta dishes including the standout rigatoni smothered in wild mushroom ragù, rosemary, and black truffle moliterno.

Cavatelli Macchialina at Macchialina

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It’s hard to have a best pasta list in Miami without mentioning Michael Pirolo’s Macchialina. While it’s impossible to order wrongly, always make sure to order the cavatelli made with baby meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino. It’s saucy and delicious. What’s even better — this dish is just $10 on Thursdays. 

Fettuccini al Gusto at Ristorante Fratelli Milano

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Fratelli Milano has been a staple for more than a decade in Downtown Miami. The restaurant is owned by twin brothers  — one makes the pasta and one makes the pastry — and it’s a match made in heaven. As is the fettuccini al gusto on the menu, which is served with a choice of red, pink, or alfredo sauce and the option of adding a protein. But those in the know, know pink sauce and chicken are the way to go. 

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Spaghetti and Kobe Meatball at Prime Italian

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Looking for a one-pound Kobe meatball? Prime Italian has exactly that and it’s served over a hefty pile of spaghetti. This show stopping meatball is just as tasty as it is large. It’s finished off with a large spoonful of ricotta and basil on top. Show up hungry or ready to share Lady and The Tramp style, because it’s just that kind of meal.

Spicy Rigatoni Vodka at Carbone

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Is it possible to visit New York transplant Carbone without ordering the spicy rigatoni vodka pasta? Those who are lucky enough to snag a reservation will be delighted in the simplicity of this famous pasta dish that adds a subtle layer of heat and creaminess to the classic dish.

Carbonara di Mare at Toscana Divino

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Toscana Divino wants diners to have a true Tuscan experience. While there are plenty of traditional dishes, the more modern carbonara di mare really hit it out of the park. This dish features spaghetti “chitarra,” sea urchin, fish roe, caviar, and bottarga.

Pasta carbonara at Eating House Miami

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Bacon, truffle, egg yolk, and parmesan — those are the ingredients Giorgio Rapicavoli uses in his pasta carbonara. This dish has been one of the only true staples on this ever changing menu, which is a testament to how much it is admired. 

Lasagna at The Big Cheese Italian Restaurant

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This Miami establishment has been around for more than 30 years. It’s home to some of the best sports memorabilia in town and, as the name suggests, all things cheesy. The lasagna is one of the cheesiest items on the menu and a must-try, with layers of homemade meat sauce and extra cheese that is enough to cause a serious food coma or at the very least last for two meals. 

Vesuvio al Pomodorino at Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club

Made with a fun curly pasta called eliche, this simple pomodoro pasta is a beloved specialty by chef Antonio Mermolia. Featuring just pasta, cherry tomatoes, and basil it is an absolute delight.

Tortellini in Brodo at Boia De

Tucked in an unassuming shopping plaza is Boia De, home to some of the best food in town. The menu changes seasonally, but if the tortellini in brodo is on the menu make sure to order it. These bite sized pillows of pasta are bathing in a broth that’s so good it’s hard not to sip it straight out of the dish.

Spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta

The spaghetti at Scarpetta is as simple as it sounds. The fresh made pasta, tomatoes, and basil are plated into a perfect pasta ball shape. The dish is brought to the table under a cloche, allowing it to steam and be piping hot as it is placed on the table. Pro tip: it’s featured on the Miami Spice menu every year. 

Wild mushroom rigatoni at Osteria Morini

Pop into the Kimpton Palomar on Miami Beach for creative Italian eats at Osteria Morini restaurant. Hailing from New York, its menu features an array of handmade pasta dishes including the standout rigatoni smothered in wild mushroom ragù, rosemary, and black truffle moliterno.

Cavatelli Macchialina at Macchialina

It’s hard to have a best pasta list in Miami without mentioning Michael Pirolo’s Macchialina. While it’s impossible to order wrongly, always make sure to order the cavatelli made with baby meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino. It’s saucy and delicious. What’s even better — this dish is just $10 on Thursdays. 

Fettuccini al Gusto at Ristorante Fratelli Milano

Photo credit: Amber Love Bond

Fratelli Milano has been a staple for more than a decade in Downtown Miami. The restaurant is owned by twin brothers  — one makes the pasta and one makes the pastry — and it’s a match made in heaven. As is the fettuccini al gusto on the menu, which is served with a choice of red, pink, or alfredo sauce and the option of adding a protein. But those in the know, know pink sauce and chicken are the way to go. 

Photo credit: Amber Love Bond

Spaghetti and Kobe Meatball at Prime Italian

Looking for a one-pound Kobe meatball? Prime Italian has exactly that and it’s served over a hefty pile of spaghetti. This show stopping meatball is just as tasty as it is large. It’s finished off with a large spoonful of ricotta and basil on top. Show up hungry or ready to share Lady and The Tramp style, because it’s just that kind of meal.

Spicy Rigatoni Vodka at Carbone

Is it possible to visit New York transplant Carbone without ordering the spicy rigatoni vodka pasta? Those who are lucky enough to snag a reservation will be delighted in the simplicity of this famous pasta dish that adds a subtle layer of heat and creaminess to the classic dish.

Carbonara di Mare at Toscana Divino

Toscana Divino wants diners to have a true Tuscan experience. While there are plenty of traditional dishes, the more modern carbonara di mare really hit it out of the park. This dish features spaghetti “chitarra,” sea urchin, fish roe, caviar, and bottarga.

Pasta carbonara at Eating House Miami

Bacon, truffle, egg yolk, and parmesan — those are the ingredients Giorgio Rapicavoli uses in his pasta carbonara. This dish has been one of the only true staples on this ever changing menu, which is a testament to how much it is admired. 

Lasagna at The Big Cheese Italian Restaurant

This Miami establishment has been around for more than 30 years. It’s home to some of the best sports memorabilia in town and, as the name suggests, all things cheesy. The lasagna is one of the cheesiest items on the menu and a must-try, with layers of homemade meat sauce and extra cheese that is enough to cause a serious food coma or at the very least last for two meals. 

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