Miami is no slouch when it comes to fine Italian restaurants, with a bevy of delightful, rustic cucinas serving up all the Italian classics, from pizza and pasta to risotto and veal chops. High-end establishments like Casa Tua deliver the ultimate Italian dining experience, with several well-appointed dining rooms, a communal eat-in kitchen and a private cocktail lounge upstairs. Smaller neighborhood restaurants like Café Ragazzi don’t bother with all the Miami-esque glamor and fanfare—and they don’t need to; the food speaks for itself. Read on for more of our picks for the best Italian restaurants in Miami.
The name may mean "crazy," but the only sign of insanity at this organic Italian stalwart is the fact that there are only 90 seats—nowhere near enough to accommodate the legion of die-hard escopazzosos. Their continued loyalty is maintained by superb home-made risotto (we recently had one made with dark chocolate and topped with edible gold), excellent pasta, some outstanding wines and doting service. It’s pricey but, we have to say, it’s worth it.Read more
If you’re hoping for a star sighting, your chances will be greatly improved by taking in a meal—and the gorgeous decor—at Cecconi’s, the open-to-the-public Italian restaurant on the ground floor of the members-only Soho Beach House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Miami outpost of the Venetian original serves up the same inspired dishes, from braised lamb ravioli with peas and pecorino to veal saltimbocca with sautéed spinach.Read more
Rustic and homey, this off-the-beaten-path Italian (from the same folks behind the Pubbelly family of restaurants) is full of locals looking to escape the madness of South Beach. Luckily, they’ve found a place to do it where the laid-back vibe is totally authentic and the food is damn good, too. Antipasti includes a creamy burrata cheese (locally made) served with pickled aubergine. A small pasta menu ticks all the right flavor notes (the short rib lasagna is a customer favorite). Pizza, too, is dependably delicious and well thought out, with fried eggs, meatballs and mushroom fricassée as toppings.Read more
Size definitely doesn't matter at this tiny neighbourhood Italian spot, where people willingly wait out on the street for a table. The stellar cuisine includes garlicky, home-made orecchiette with broccoli, salmon puttanesca and stuffed veal chop. Also tasty is Ragazzi's stunning male host.Read more
One of the city’s finest and fussiest big-bucks restaurants, Casa Tua is a sleek and chic country Italian-style establishment set in a refurbished 1925 Mediterranean-style two-story house. It has several dining areas, including an outdoor garden, comfy Ralph Lauren-esque living room and a communal eat-in kitchen. The lamb chops are stratospheric in price ($40), but orgasmic in taste. After dinner, head upstairs to the lounge (if staff let you—the place is technically a members-only club), where the beautiful people commune over $15 cocktails.Read more
One of the few restaurants in Miami with an actual view of the water, this pricey pasta joint is ideal for fans of garlic, truffles and homemade pasta that’s a far cry from Ragu. Spaghetti alla carbonara will set you back $27, while risotto with porcini mushrooms is a divine culinary creation with an ungodly price tag of $37. If you really want to splurge, there’s a filet of beef with sautéed foie gras for $55. Service is old school, verging on stuffy, but what you’re paying for here is the view. Considering Miami’s volatile real estate market, it makes sense.Read more
This charming Italian restaurant has a woody, rustic setting—the building is actually an 18th-century barn relocated from Vermont to Downtown Miami. Attractions include excellent wines, pastas and salads, child-friendly facilities such as bibs and high chairs, and a sumptuous Sunday brunch. For gourmet grub on the go, there’s a fantastic Italian marketplace.Read more