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South Beach

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Rustic and homey, this off-the-beaten-path Italian 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.

Venue name: Macchialina
Address: 820 Alton Rd

Cross street: at 8th St
Venue phone: 305-534-2124
Website: http://www.macchialina.com
Opening hours: 6pm–midnight Tue–Thu, Sun; 6pm–1am Fri, Sat
Transport: Bus 113, 119, 12
Price: Main courses $12–$47
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