Trendy, modern, and upscale Italian eateries are taking over Miami Beach.
Sure, Miami Beach is known for its Latin and Caribbean cuisine, but perhaps less expected—and just as tasty—is its Italian food scene. From Michelin-starred, fine dining venues, to casual and authentic bakeries, to newly built food halls, there is something to suit any occasion and please any palate. With delectable offerings, one-of-a-kind events, and atmospheric locales, next time you’re on or near the beach, you’ll want to make room in your schedule (and stomach) for these spots that are simply divino.
Desserts and Sicilian pastries made fresh daily at Sciuri, along with the signature café latte.
Alfresco dining at Forte dei Marmi.
When you want to feel like royalty, head to this high-end spot that’s a destination in itself and pretty darn exclusive. Perfect for a splurge or a treat-yourself day, go for the seared branzino or tagliolini with crème fraiche and caviar, and for dessert, a classic tiramisu.
Located in the courtyard of the chic Soho Beach House, you’ll want to make sure you spend a whole day here (pool and spa? Yes, please.). Cecconi’s is known for its handmade pasta dishes such as agnolotti del plin, truffle and Parmesan, and black ink casarecce with squid and bottarga.
Forte Dei Marmi
Fresh dishes are skillfully prepared by chef Antonio Mellino and his son, Raffaele, who know how to make slow food culture a pleasurable experience. Located on the southern tip of Miami Beach, there’s an atmosphere of sophistication that pairs perfectly with dishes like buckwheat pappardelle with seasonal mushrooms and summer truffles, delicate fried zucchini flowers, and frittura ‘Di Pesce.’ An added bonus is its Arts Club housed on the second floor. The private space presents cultural offerings and food experiences exclusively for its members.
The name, which means flower in the Sicilian dialect, is the perfect stop for when you’re craving something sweet. Owned by Alessandro Buono, he taps into his native Sicily for inspiration. Sit and breathe in the smell of fresh espresso while you nibble on baba (rum-soaked bites of cake), frangipani, and arancini.
Soya e Pomodoro
Technically not on the beach (but so close!), this downtown eatery is worth leaving the island for. Soya e Pomodoro will make you feel like you’re eating with family. It’s run by an old Italian couple serving up affordable dishes with tons of flavor. Try the carpaccio di tonno, fazzoletti di formaggio e perra, or any of the tons of imported cheese.
When locals want Italian food, most of them bring up the name Sylvano. Small and inconspicuous, it’s often cited as one of the best Italian spots in Miami and a perfect place to take a date and fill up on ravioli black truffle, risotto, or a pizza Bianca al tartufo.
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