Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.8
1216 reviews
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Opened in June 2012, Macchialina Taverna, located at 820 Alton Road in the heart of South Beach's residential west side, has quickly become a favorite among critics, locals and in-the-know tourists who flock to the casual neighborhood eatery to indulge in James Beard Semi-finalist chef MichaelPirolo's soulful Italian fare. From the start, Macchialina has been racking up accolades such as a 3.5 star Excellent rating from The Miami Herald, Best Restaurant 2013 from the Miami New Times "Best Of" Edition as well as a stellar review from the same paper, Pirolo and his team at Macchialina are taking the city by storm.
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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Dinner!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I really enjoyed the cozy ambiance and decor of this place! It was a great environment to relax and catch up over wine and pasta. The only thing is that I felt portions were too small. Yet, the tiramisu was amazing!

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SM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just go. Best Italian in Miami. Go.

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Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Staff was excellent.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best Italian food I’ve ever eaten. A memorable experience.

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MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Don’t really get the hype. The Gnocco Fritto bread you pay for was bland and tasteless. The short Rib Lasagna, while flavorful had no contrasting texture and was all mush, almost like eating really good mashed potatoes. Lastly the Veal Parm at $40 was somewhat awful. Had almost 3 times more breading to Veal ration, and the sauce was so sweet it was almost inedible. Other than the attentive service from water attendant and the great service by Kat, the meal was a total let down for a very hyped and well reviewed establishment.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never ever disappoints! The food, the service, the music, the lighting.. Nothing can be more perfect.
I come here often and I rave about it every time.

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EC
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the real deal for food experience!! I’m a 1st generation Italian American having grown up with authentic Italian food made with care quality and love. Macchialina’s is this place, food is always spot on and typically blows my mind. The fact that it’s small tight and loud adds to the experience.

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DC
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Terrific experience in Miami. Cool local vibe with great food and service.

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B
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious! Wait staff are attentive. Seated on time. took Uber as parking can be difficult.

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S
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having several great meals at Macchialina we decided to go to their $10 pasta Thursday. What a great idea! All four of the pastas we tried were excellent and the salads were wonderful - especially the burrata with prosciutto. Highly recommended!

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b
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place and delicious food

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RD
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was outstanding, the best in town

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I loved it!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food as always! We had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night but wasn’t seated till a little after 9. We also didn’t receive any food or wine till 9:45. However, once we got it the food was great, especially the tiramisu, which is truly one of a kind! Will go back but never during the weekend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, I believe my servers name was Martina? I feel bad I can’t remember because she was an absolute gem. Every single thing brought to the table from the meat and cheese board to the pasta was phenomenal.

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JR
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A great selection of Italian Wines and a knowledgeable staff to help with selections. Love the meatballs and all their pasta dishes.

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1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Bar is very small. Had a lot of people waiting for their booked tables. Was standing at the servers side of the bar because there was no where else to stand and kept getting bumped and moved by the staff. When we sat down the waiter was great and very attentive. We tried the different pastas. They were ok.

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L
New England
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Their food is delicious

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ZW
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5stars!!!

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L
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Veal milanese was a super big and delicious portion and the food our group ordered was excellent. Service was outstanding and friendly. I especially liked the smashed potatoes!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, service is really good even if the restaurant is packed, i love this place.
Dessert is insanely good

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of Miami's gems and not at all touristy. We did the 5-course tasting menu and loved almost everything that came out. By the time we got to the entree, we were so full but didn't eat a ton of it to save room for the delicious tiramisu. Favorites include the mushroom pasta, beet pasta, and burrata. I am pregnant and they made me a delightful mocktail which really made me feel like I was a drinking the real thing. Go here if you are in Miami!! They will not disappoint!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service everything is home made and is fabulous,it has a local neighborhood vibe on the small size so would not recommend for large party’s

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The five course Chef's tasting was an Unbelievable dining experience! Ben the waiter explained everything to us and really made us feel at home. The wine list could use some more affordable wines but otherwise, a perfect evening.

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RA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Go to Sardinia instead!!! Better without attitude. I had a horrendous experience yesterday. The hostess, which I later found out was the manager, was extremely rude and had attitude upon our arrival. She wouldn't sit us since the person who drove was parking the car. I had asked her to sit inside and she said she could not guarantee. When my friend arrived (4 minutes later), I notified her that the whole party was there. She said she only had a table available outside (when there were two tables available inside). She told me I would have to wait. The attitude was even worse. I told her off and left. Today I contact the restaurant and spoke to Jacqueline Pirolo, who is one of the managing partners. She didn't even hear my side of the story. She said the "manager" was shaken up by the way I spoke to her. And she also said I am no longer welcome in the restaurant, and if she were there, she would have called the police on me. Now I understand the attitude of the employees (manager and waiters). They have the NY attitude as we are doing them a favor by dining with them. Good luck with the restaurant in the future. From what i saw yesterday and today, it will not go much further for long. I do not recommend! Go to Sardinia Enoteca instead. Better prices, better service, and no attitude. Another option is Cecconi's - pricier, but you will not have any problems with service or employee!

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DC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on the beach. Outstanding food and service...

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JP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were excellent--beyond expectations.

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K
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on Miami Beach and one of the best in SOFLA. A consistent winner. Best pasta in town.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The reason for the 3 stars is upon arrival for our 6pm reservation, we arrived at 5:54pm and as we opened the door, we were greeted with a hand almost in my face and told “we open exactly at 6pm”. Being in the service industry, I do understand time standards, however a friendly approach would have been better appreciated. This was our one year wedding anniversary celebration and this put us both off. I would recommend the food to others but that initial greet left me with such a bad taste that we will not return.

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CC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always amazing!!! Tonight was no exception.

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JK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so good it rivals many mom & pop restaurants I’ve found on my numerous trips to Italy. The lasagna although a typical dish, was unlike anything I’ve never tried before. Simply delicious and the food is amazing across the menu. This place ain’t no joke!

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LR
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother for mother’s day. Place is amazing, food is delicious process very well prepared, service is spectacular

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LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Don't like auto 18% tip. Especially when they calculate on the alcohol as well. I was in the business for 20 years and always made 20% + tips that were based on my service. Will not go back

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g
San Antonio
46 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Golly gee whiz-what a find. We were only going to be in Miami for one night before we began our Florida keys vacation so I wanted to find something that wasn’t seafood focused. What a great restaurant. The food was exceptional - we had the meatballs appetizer to start- superb. Then I had the clams with pasta - pasta was cooked perfectly and then clams were very good. My husband had the steak and I have to say it was one of the best steaks we’ve even had out. The seasoning was delicious and it was cooked to perfection. For dessert we shared the bread pudding - which was our waitresses recommendation and she was spot on. This is a restaurant that obviously puts a lot of live and pride into their food but also into their staff. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Definitely a great place to visit whether you’re in Miami for a day or a lifetime.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the world. I always dine here when I come to Miami and I live in NY. I always order something different and the chef never disappoints.

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Naples
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We really wanted to like this place. Read all the great reviews and decided to make a reservation. My teenage daughter and I along with two of her friends arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and were greeted by a very pleasant hostess who asked if all members of our party were here. I replied that we were waiting for my husband. After about 5 minutes, another hostess arrived with menus and said "follow me". We followed her to a table in the back and were promptly greeted by our server. I ordered a cocktail and the girls ordered drinks. A few minutes later, the hostess who sat us returned to the table asking if we were still waiting for one guest to which I replied "yes...my husband". She began to reprimand me stating "we do not seat incomplete parties". I was utterly confused since she was the very person who had just sat us at this table. She became very snippy and said "you said your husband was parking the car". I told her that she was definitely mistaken and that I never would have said that since we had Ubered there and my husband was meeting us. She continued to berate me at the table and I asked her very nicely if she would like us to get up? She said that she was being yelled at by people out front who
"could see that we weren't all at the table and were seated anyway"... no one at the front could see our table in the back and I came back to my question "would you like us to leave? We are happy to leave if you need this table". She responded that she didn't want us to leave. I asked what she wanted us to do at this point.....her response was "we just expect honesty". I calmly explained that I was honest when I said that we were waiting for my husband...I never asked to be seated early...SHE sat us...She just kept shaking her head at me repeating we need honesty. Husband arrived and we ordered. Server was great . Food was fantastic. They sent a dessert to try to make up for it...too late. First impressions stick..a shame

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JS
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and server. An outstanding meal all around. I had the short rib lasagna, marvelous. My wife had the mushroom pasta also great. New taste sensation orange wine another treat.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always. Gave 4 stars for food as wasn't what I expected and only two meatballs - very tasty though.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal is a must..their homemade tomato sauce is something out of this world

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