Our Favorite Authentic Italian Restaurants in Miami

April 2, 2018Pola Bunster



When we think of Italy, we think of the birthplace of the modern Western world. A place rooted in art, culture, and the vibrancy of intellect. Most importantly we think, of course, of Italian food. But not the literal dish of pasta or pizza, the very act of connecting, where friends and family are formed over a shared moment. While many might focus on the extravagance that can be found in the country, Italians are masters at relishing in simplicity.

Getting ready for Saturday’s Pines of Rome performance at New World Symphony, here are our favorite Italian spots to get culinary inspiration before (or after) the big show. We’re talking about the neighborhood gems, family-owned joints, and classic Miami staples that’ll transport you to Tuscan streets without breaking your bank.

Soya e Pomodoro

Over the past few years, Soya e Pomodoro has quietly been climbing the local charts as one of the coziest spots in town. Located in a historic bank galleria in Downtown, the Italian spot is tucked away for a perfectly authentic experience. They also have live jazz on the weekends which makes it the perfect bohemian date destination.

Macchialina

The South Beach eatery runs by the famed Fellini quote: “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” A rustic joint off Alton road, Macchialina is a go-to stop for some solid pasta. It might only be open for dinner, but it never fails to satisfy just like the neighborhood spot it is.

La Centrale

We can’t have an Italian round up and not include our very own Italian Food Hall, La Centrale. Located in Brickell City Centre, the three-story culinary wonder is a complete re-imagination of the homeland. Each concept is inspired by a different region, and intricately built to boot. Their staff is highly knowledgable and their food is entirely homemade in-house.

Ristorante Portovino

You know a restaurant is authentic when pictures are scarce and their digital presence is hard to find. Ristorante Portovino is one of those spots kept close to the heart of many a Miami family, especially those willing to make the trek up to North Miami Beach. But once you do, you’ll be greeted by servers who remember you, and you’ll instantly feel at home.

Ironside Kitchen Pizza

Little River’s got quite a few hidden jewels and Miami Ironside is definitely one of them. The curated retail and artist space boasts a beautiful outdoor atmosphere and one of the most delicious Italian spots in town. They’re traditional and oozing flavor, and you can bring your own bottle of wine to pair with your dinner.

Periccone’s Marketplace & Cafe

Periccone is a name that every Miamian knows well. The Brickell stronghold has been churning out a classic, romantic ambiance for years. Part gourmet market part restaurant, it knows how to make delicious food and do it well. Swing by for their Pasta Thursdays where you can snag their famous dishes for around $10.

Red Carpet Italian

Over 200 reviews and a 5-star rating? That’ll get anyone intrigued. Red Carpet Italian is a family-owned eatery right off of Calle Ocho. They boast both modern and classic Italian dishes with a heavy emphasis on wine too. Located in a strip mall, the unsuspecting spot is one of the most authentic in the city.

Dal Plin

Another food hall destination, Dal Plin is the local handmade Italian concept inside the Design District’s St. Roch Market. Their menu consists of classics and hidden pearls from the Italian cuisine, including handmade Plin from Piedmont. Don’t forget to indulge in dessert, their tiramisu has a cult following.

Pane e Vino

If you’re looking for that spot who can emmulate grandma’s recipe, Pane e Vino is your best bet. Off the crowded path in Miami Beach, the intimate eatery has everything you want from a neighborhood gem. You can watch the chefs hand make the pasta before your eyes and wait (im)patiently for the next delicious dish.

And make sure to get your tickets to see Pines of Rome, Saturday, April 7th here.