10 Best Italian Restaurants in Miami

January 5, 2022

Beautiful sun-soaked beaches frequented by scantily clad hardbodies, late nights of sweaty salsa dancing, and dazzling art deco architecture make Miami a destination with sizzle to spare.

More than just a palm tree-studded getaway, the ‘Magic City’ is also a culinary epicenter just bursting with flavor, spice, and excitement. If you are ready to give the platanos and Cuban coffee a rest, Miami has a bevy of Italian restaurants that are guaranteed to impress.

Whether you are in the mood for homemade gnocchi, a creamy carbonara, or a sinfully sweet Tiramisu follow along with our handy guide to discover the best Italian restaurants in Miami.

Close up photo of two glasses of sangria next to the wine menu for NiDo Caffe in Miami, Florida, USA

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Best Italian in Miami

NiDo Caffe Italian Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the ‘caffe’ in its name, this thoroughly hip eatery located in the ‘Miami Modern’ district is as authentic as it gets. 

Sidle in for a cheeky lunch or dinner date. Then, end up lingering for hours thanks to their charmingly cozy atmosphere. 

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Relax on their outdoor patio with a refreshing Aperol spritz or bold glass of red, before diving into their delectable menu.

NiDo is famous for its house-made mozzarella bar and we can never kick off a meal here without an order of the delicately creamy burrata. 

Another stand-out appetizer is their Yellowfin tuna tartar, served with avocado, green onions, and tangy lemon dressing. For a hearty entree opt for the special Lasagna NiDo, served with bechamel sauce, or for a lighter option, savor the grilled Branzino.

Close up of a beautiful soft egg dish on a black stone plate from dōma Italian restaurant in Miami, Florida, USA

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dōma

Trendy Wynwood is known for its avant-garde art scene, but did you know it's also home to some of the best Italian restaurants in Miami? 

Satisfy that pasta craving post street art crawl at dōma. A sleek, modern, and minimalist interior provides the perfect backdrop to the southern Italian cuisine served here. 

Call ahead to snag an outdoor table in their bamboo-covered garden and enjoy the moody ambiance and five-star service.

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Leave your wine order in the very capable hands of their on-staff sommelier while you focus on their inventive menu which blends elements of tradition with more exquisitely modern interpretations of Italian fare. 

Begin with fiori di Zucca (fried zucchini flowers) or their heavenly artichoke tuna salad.  Traditionalists should stick with the decadent Cacio e Pepe, while those seeking something extraordinary should sample the gnocchi prawns and burrata. 

Conclude your epic feast of cheese and carbs with a delightfully potent espresso martini. 

Dining area up against a wall with green bench seats and the wall is lined with wooden cubbies filled with lights, wine bottle, fruit and more at Mi'talia Kitchen & Bar in Miami, Florida, USA

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Mi'talia Kitchen & Bar

Someone call the fire department as South Miami is on fire with flavor! Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar manages to strike a delicate balance of both creativity and comfort.

The restaurant is a brainchild of Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis. This vibrant eatery features unique interpretations of Northern and Southern Italian specialties. Each dish is painstakingly crafted from scratch.

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Mi’talia’s open and light-filled space is heavily influenced by the art deco style and its cheery green leather banquets add the perfect touch of whimsy.

The dough is the specialty here and anything bread-focused should be your go-to order! Load up on your carbolicious dinner with an order of Spicy Tomato Focaccia and surprisingly tender Mama’s meatballs, but save room for their swoon-worthy pizza. 

The surprise winner here is the vegetarian Sunflower pizza which features cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, mint and pistachio pesto, ricotta, and real sunflower seeds in the crust.

Close up photo of charred eggplant spread, bottarga, toasted bread at Fi'lia in Miami Florida, USA

photo credit: Fi'lia Restaurant (1300 South Miami Avenue, Miami) via Facebook

Fi'lia

With two Miami locations, Fi’lia is laying down some serious competition when it comes to Italian restaurants in Miami.

For a special night of handmade pizza and pasta, you can’t go wrong with the greenery-filled Brickell outpost, located in the famed SLS hotel. The wood-filled interior and warm lighting set the stage for an unforgettable evening, whether you dine inside or al fresco.

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Prime your palate for tastiness by ordering the meatballs with whipped ricotta, or keep things on the healthier side with their peppery arugula salad served with gorgonzola, dried figs, and hazelnuts.

Wood-fired pizza is the move here, and the gluten-intolerant can rejoice as Fi'lia is proud to offer gluten-free dough options for all of their signature pizza and pasta dishes.

Spice fiends should sample the spicy soppressata pie, while a more tame (but equally delicious option) is the classic Margherita pie.

Save a smidgen of room for an aperitif to go with one of their luscious desserts. We suggest the Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Gelato Sandwich or the fruit-forward Strawberry Balsamic Cheesecake.

Close up photo of the bar at Soya & Pomodoro with colorful portraits on the muted red walls in Miami, Florida, USA

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Soya + Pomodoro 

Homey, quirky, with a pinch of Mediterranean funk, Soya + Pomodoro is a charming trattoria where behind ramshackle doors all are welcome to dine.

Take a seat under the mismatched art and decorative clotheslines, and feel instantly transported to the old country.

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Southern Italian fare and culture reign supreme here. In addition, the owners are two red-blooded Italians who sought to create an eatery that would be reminiscent of the lower districts’ alleys.

This is truly a place where customers linger over bottles of chianti and antipasti. Also, no one is allowed to be rushed.

Pique your appetite with an order of Provola Arreganata. This specialty dish is a warm smoked mozzarella served with juicy fresh tomatoes and arugula. Complete it with a glass of vino before contemplating your pasta course.

Seafood lovers should not leave Miami without savoring their flavorful Linguine Vongole e Bottarga.  Meanwhile our carnivorous friends will greedily gobble up the Fettuccine Verdialla Bolognese which uses homemade sirloin beef ragu. 

View of the outdoor dining area at Casa Isola with white seating with blue accents on a sunny day in Miami, Florida, USA

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Best Italian in Miami Beach

Casa Isola Osteria

A relative newcomer to the Italian restaurant scene in Miami Beach, Casa Isola Osteria is making waves as Jose Mendin’s latest culinary endeavor.

Wood scaffolding draped with twinkle lights, and cheeky blue and white striped outdoor patio banquets make Casa an equally great spot for a fun cocktail al fresco or a full-scale meal.

Staple Italian ingredients are bestowed new life here under executive chef Santo Agnello’s sage tutelage. 

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Send your taste buds into Italian-inspired ecstasy when you order pane al prosciutto. This specialty is a Brooklyn-style bread made with prosciutto. In addition it is served with parmesan honey butter and caponata or the devastatingly creamy polenta al funghi.

Our pasta picks include the mushroom-heavy ravioli al funghi served with pine nut gremolata, or the rigatoni alla vodka. 

View of a patio dining area with wooden tables and sage green chairs and lots of plants decorating it at Cecconi's in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: Monaco Yacht Club & Residences via Facebook

Cecconi's 

Elevate your social status and your Instagram feed when you document your visit to the Soho Beach House Cecconi's.

The ground-floor restaurant of the members-only club may be open to the public. However, that doesn’t take any shine away from their critically acclaimed Venetian-inspired food.

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Enjoy the relaxed elegance of this Collins Ave outpost. Meanwhile, take a sip of their Soho Mule, or signature House Cooler. The specialty cooler uses Seven Tails, Aperol, lemon and grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup, and strawberry bitters.

Munch on the calamari fritti or the veggie-friendly cannellini bean dip with fresh crudites. Then share a plate of the extravagant Truffle pizza garnished with goat cheese and zucchini blossoms.

Close up photo of meat roasting over open coals at Macchialina in Miami, Florida, USA

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Best Italian in South Beach

Macchialina 

South Beach Italian restaurants have style and substance to spare, and Macchialina is no exception. Often heralded as ‘some of the best pasta in the city’ there really isn’t a single misstep on their succinct but sumptuous menu.

Snuggle up with your honey in their outdoor garden and cheers to another blissful South beach night. Then devou refreshing glass of Lambrusco or rose before selecting an array of antipasti.

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In our opinion you can’t go wrong with their dreamy polenta served with wild mushroom ragu and charred scallions or try to get some veggies in with the broccoli al cesare.

The made-in-house pasta is impossibly fresh. In addition, their beet mezaluna served with hazelnuts, brown butter, and ricotta positively melts in your mouth. For a heartier carbier entree try the Cavatelli Macchialina garnished with baby meatballs and porchetta. 

Close up photo of a pasta dish on a white place from Scarpetta in Miami, Florida, USA

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Scarpetta 

Fire up the fancy when you spend an evening dining at James Beard award recipient Scott Conant’s Scarpetta.

The beauty and the elegance of Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau may draw you in. However, the regional Italian menu that focuses on ‘cocina rustica’ will leave you lingering for hours. Sit back and relax while savoring the civilian ceviche and chilled sauvignon.

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Bask in the breathtaking beach views and the hotel’s beautifully illuminated pool. Meanwhile, dine on:

  • opulent duck ravioli
  • lobster
  • fennel and saffron tagliatelle
  • Chilean snapper served with leek and fennel confit, sweet potato, and squid ink sauce

End your South Beach sojourn on a sweet note by sharing their otherworldly espresso and praline Tiramisu.

Close up photo of a pasta dish with red sauce on a white place with a dark blue boarder and test that says "Casa Tua" in the same blue at Casa Tua in Miami, Florida, USA

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Casa Tua

While not necessarily easy on the wallet, Casa Tua is one of the best South Beach Italian restaurants and is well worth the splurge. 

Chic country-style ambiance abounds here, whether you choose to dine in the lantern-lit garden surrounded by lush tropical fauna, or the semi-private and spacious Chef’s Table where you can watch the Italian masters prepare your meal.

Casa Tua, which translates to ‘your home’ may be one of Miami's finest restaurants. However, the welcoming and warm nature of the 1925 Mediterranean-style two-story home immediately invites you to relax and unwind.

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Cheers with a classic Negroni, or go rogue and try their ginger passion martini before tucking into the terrific lamb chops with millefoglie potato and shallots confit or ultra-satisfying green pea risotto with red shrimps carpaccio.

While balmy beach days in Miami might not exactly conjure up images of pizza, pasta, and crispy calamari when the Italian cravings hit, you gotta heed it!

From cheesy cacio e pepe to blistered wood-fired pizza, Italian eats are pure carby comfort. 

Whether you are seeking a quick antipasti platter and glass of wine at a charming trattoria, or a fine dining establishment for a very special supper, the best Italian restaurants in Miami deliver.

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