In a city filled with options, Italian may be the best one in the Magic City. A steady stream of New Yorkers, and transplanted Euros have insured that there are a lot delicious, authentic Italian eateries. There are so many great ones, choosing only 5 was not the easiest task, at least you can be assured, there will be no red lead here.
1 Casa Tua
Yes, it feels like it's your home, albeit a white, starched coastal one with an intriguing library and a romantic patio. Casa Tua specialize in light, northern Italian cuisine and Risottos and pastas are the highlights. Get a group together and reserve the private Chef's Table with a full view of the bustling kitchen. If you're lucky enough to get an invite, the upstairs of the restaurant doubles as a private members-only club and micro-hotel with a few rooms for select VIP's.
Situated in the Soho Beach House hotel and private club, Cecconi's feels like a magic garden. Sit under thousands of twinkling lights while enjoying the most fabulous pizza, fish and meatballs, for which they are famous. Even if it's raining you can enjoy outdoor dining with the retractable roof, or dine in the hotel's lobby to get the feeling of a grand maison.
3 Il Gabbiano
Situated in a special piece of real estate in the Delano Hotel, Bianca does a great job filling the shoes of the famous Blue Door that existed in the same spot. Enjoy perfectly executed Italian cuisine out on the terrace where you'll find sprawling views of the Philippe Stark garden, or sit inside ensconced in warm, designer luxury.
One of the hippest places to see and be seen eating in Miami is at Dolce Italian, inside the new Gale South Beach. At Dolce, you can enjoy a huge variety of wood-roasted pizzas, salads and hearty meat dishes that will make you come back to this cozy, new mostly-locals restaurant.