There’s nothing quite as comforting as good Italian cuisine and a glass of wine, and lucky for us, our city is full of endless options. One of the essential aspects of rising as an all-star player in the Italian food scene is not only having stellar food to offer guests, but also an unbeatable ambiance. In Miami, this includes waterfront views and exclusive locations. We’ve taken a look at the top Italian restaurants in the city, and we’ve rounded up a list of our favorites. Here’s the scoop:
1 Casa TuaInstagram: casatua
Casa Tua will always remain Miami's most iconic Italian restaurant. With exquisite and authentic Italian cuisine situated in one of the most romantic settings in a classic Mediterranean villa with a quaint garden dining area, Casa Tua ranks at the top for Miami date nights if you're looking to impress. It also draws in a beautiful crowd to its exclusive upstairs members lounge, where guests can enjoy cultural exhibitions, art, music and more.
1700 James Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
2 Cipriani Downtown Miami
Located in downtown Brickell with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the gorgeous outdoor patio and nautical-themed dining room at Cipriani can’t be beat when it comes to finding the perfect place to enjoy a plate of authentic potato gnocchi or a glass of chilled wine. The spot is a favorite thanks to the venue’s chic Miami aesthetic and impeccable dining service.
3 Cecconi'sInstagram: cecconismiami
The exclusive Soho Beach House restaurant is one of Miami's most beautiful restaurants with a mouth-watering menu that is hard to rival. With a dark and cozy ambiance illuminated by soft touches of glittering lights, it is the ultimate date night spot by night but also the perfect place for a power lunch by day. On Sundays, they also offer a delectable gourmet brunch buffet, where the who's who can be seen dressed to impress. The pizzas are a must-try, as well as the truffle agnolotti.
4385 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140
4 Il Gabbiano
Il Gabiano is another great choice to dine on fine Italian cuisine in the elegant atmosphere of its waterfront terrace. The menu exhibits true Italian class with offerings from fresh pasta made in-house to a glass of limoncello at the end of the night, bringing a taste of Italy to the popular downtown spot. Classic dishes of the spot include the rich Black Truffle Porcini Ravioli and the authentic Branzino al Forno.
335 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33131
5 Joey's Italian CafeInstagram: joeyswynwood
Pioneered by Joey Goldman in 2008, Joey's was the first to enter Wynwood’s restaurant scene and now tops even the most selective lists of the city’s best pizzas. The hotspot helped revitalize the now hip and popular Wynwood neighborhood, located next to the area's famed painted walls. Joey's is a favorite for delicious thin crust pies and other authentic Italian dishes and pastas, which are all to be enjoyed with a selection from its carefully curated wine pairing list.
2506 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33127