Italian is something Miami does right. 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.
Overseen by celebrity chef Scott Conant, Scarpetta is known for having the best handmade pasta in the city. Their famous spaghetti involves a buttery tomato sauce and is easily one of the best plates of pasta on the planet.
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 674-4660
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 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.
1700 James Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-1010
4 Dolce Italian
One of the hippest places to see and be seen eating in Miami is at Dolce Italian, inside the Gale South Beach. Enjoy a brand-new menu of wood-roasted pizzas, salads and succulent steaks that will make you come back to this cozy, new mostly-locals restaurant.
1690 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL (786) 975-2550
5 Alba Seaside Italian
Celeb Chef Ralph Pagano has amazing Italian food next to the ocean in Sunny Isles that gives New Yorkers a taste of home. Look for gooey bacon wrapped dates with truffled honey and gorgonzola cheese, baked penne "Mr. Fox" and Orecchiette with lobster, sundried tomato, asperagus and truffle.
17315 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (786) 923-9319