Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.7
993 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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FM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and service & great neighborhood small spot! Wife and I with in-laws started with some cocktails and then a bottle of Curto “La Foia” 2010 Barolo and the meat & cheese board with interesting puffed bread squares things with a "Caesar salad", which was nothing like a caesar that I have ever had...you have to try that, then pasta course of tagliatelle with abalone mushrooms and the most wonderful cheesy lasagna, then a meat course of veal scaloppine. For desert decaf espresso and flan with berries and bread pudding. Magnifico!

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JT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming Italian tavern on Alton Rd, good for casual or romantic nights, attentive staff, and authentic italian food. Very busy Fridays and Saturdays so make sure to do reservation. Great wine options but not cheap.

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FD
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in South Florida! The tasting menu is an absolute must.

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SD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal is best word to describe this place. It has some of the best food I've had -- period. Also sports amazing outdoor seating that is romantic and comfortable. This is a single restaurant (not part of a group) but it runs brilliantly and efficiently. The Greek sampler, the chicken kabobs, the little dumpling dish on special -- all of it fantastic. Desserts, while traditionally Greek, are executed to perfect and a world away from typical baklava. And, best of all, it's not crazy pricey or stuffy. Come casual and get ready for an amazing experience.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve been there a few times and can tell that Alexandra is by far the nicest server! Brought us 3 options of wine to taste and also helped by the hostess moved us inside as soon as a table got available! (It was freezing outside, heaters were missed)

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GS
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another spectacular dinner here. Come here on vacation every year and make a point of eating at Macchialina. It’s the best Italian in South Beach and love the intimate atmosphere. Never disappoints.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely splendid!!! Great staff as well. Reservation was great but not always needed.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, server was friendly and very good. The restaurant had great energy while being cozy. Definitely would go again.

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SA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Veal was tuff. And pasta had to much tomato sauce. Not great quality

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BG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Food is excellent. A dining experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lasagna I have ever had in my life. Awesome vibe in a smaller restaurant. Great experience!

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A
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Started great but service abandoned us at the end. Polenta and burrata with prosciutto appetizer awesome. Lasagna tasty but dish was a little cold...

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LO
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The best Italian food I have eve had. Our waitress was perfect, as was all of the staff.
Unique and not to be matched menu. The best meal I ever remember, including their own liqueur made there.
However, we were seated outside for a table for two at 7 PM.
The tables on right on the sidewalk where pedestrian traffic is part of your dinner.
Seating is not under any awning or anything that separates diners from other people on the street.
Furthermore, the auto traffic was extremely heavy, stop-and-go with buses and trucks of all kinds stopping outside and looking at your food.
This was very noisy and distracting. Around 8:30 is slowed down, so that we could hear each other talking.

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mpravo guys. Excellent food Skillful staff that managed carefully and politely all these people arriving same time
Food was fantastic and our service girl was very very good
We had a great time there. Dont miss it

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K
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everything was wonderful. Best lasagna we’ve ever had.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC SERVICE AND MENU!!

We came from out of town and found this place as a very highly regarded and recommended restaurant for Italian dining in Miami Beach! I booked a reservation quite early in advance with no problem but make sure you reserve seats! Very popular, especially on Pasta Thursday’s - $10 pasta on Thursday evenings! Fantastic selection of the pasta specials, others, as well as the whole menu!

Our waitress was fantastic and the whole staff was very attentive and nice. I ordered the cheese plate to split, cacio e pepe and the zeppole for dessert! At first they thought they were out the zeppole but she asked the chef if it was possible to make it for me- so nice!

Would definitely dine here again and suggest it to others.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place and food. The service esa ok

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M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would go back many times and eat there, just never again on New Year’s Eve. We had a 9:45 pm reservation and waited 1 hour for our table. It was too crowded. I think they took too many reservations and kind of collapsed.
Once we were seated everything ran smoothly. The prix fixed special menu was amazing specially the creamy polenta which I wanted a bowl just for me!! It would have been a perfect evening if they had planned better the time between servings.

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d
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous NYE Tasting Menu!
I discovered Macchialina when it first opened and was not surprised to learn that it is now a “happening” scene, filled with people engaged and delighted by superb Italian fare and an outstanding wait staff.
The New Years Eve menu was excellent, small bites made to share, beginning with tuna, polenta and scallops, meatballs, pasta with truffles and a choice of Osso Bucco or branzino...each prepared to perfection. The dessert was heavenly, a panna cota with strawberries. Such meals can leave you with that “ stuffed” feeling, but not this One! Everything was “ just right.”
The one drawback in writing this review is that it will be harder to get a reservation next time.

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CT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I didn't know they had sidewalk seating, unfortunately I was stuck with that, the wait for indoors was 1 hour, I couldn't wait.. But food was good.

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v
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Macchialina regularly and decided to spend New Years at our favorite Miami restaurant. I have never been disappointed with the restaurant until now. After making a reservation we were still asked to wait over 45 min for a table and ended up sitting in a less desirable area to avoid waiting more time. The portions on the chefs tasting menu were embarrassing. While we usually leave this restaurant satisfied, we had to eat at a secondary restaurant after dinner to tame our appetites. Hopefully we can forgive, but I would disingenuous if I didn’t warn people that on Set Chef Menus, you will pay money and leave this restaurant hungry.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are here New Years Eve. They had a pre fixed menu and everything was excellent.

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GG
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for New Year’s Eve from Virginia. While we enjoyed the restaurant and food, very disappointed they waited until the day before to let us know they were having a pre-set menu.
That said, we enjoyed it and would certainly return again. The staff was wonderful and the food very good.

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BN
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

We loved the flavor of the food, as well as the special menu for New Year's Eve. However, nowhere on the menu did it say that it was going to be served family-style. The portions were extremely underwhelming -- which is so disappointing because this is one of our favorite restaurants. Hope next year is better.

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JR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. The service was outrageously friendly from the moment we arrived. The food was delicious (don’t miss the cavatelli). One of the more enjoyable meals I’ve had in South Beach.

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CG
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely always delicious. Sharing is best so you can try more dishes
The polenta and lasagna are a favourite. Also love the tiramisu

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HS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal on miami - wonderful food and wait staff was knowledgeable and so on point with suggest!

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Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We did eat outside, which is sidewalk seating - so be prepared for street noise. Server was wonderful and attentive. Food timing was spot on. We had baby beet salads, short rib lasagna, and mushroom pasta - all wonder and perfect portions. Also, did an infused grappa flight which was fabulous! Only build - add a non-dairy dessert option.
Would definitely go back - loved it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and amazing food. Doesn’t get better than this for wonderful Italian food almost anywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese in South Beach. Cool, low key vibe, beautiful outdoor patio

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London
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

$10 pasta Thursdays! What is not to love! The food was exceptional

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D
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is superb but the only issue is the restaurant is very small and you can wait a while even with reservations

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SN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! We stop every time we are in Miami. The polenta board is one of my top five dishes of all time. And the pasta ohhhhhh Yassssssss!!! Literally everything on the menu is great. The broccolini Ceaser with the egg on top!! I’m salivating just thinking about it. This visit was special for us. We flew down to palm beach for the Christmas holiday and purposefully flew home out of MIA so we could stop at Macchialina!! The service is always excellent and they always make us feel special. We CAN NOT WAIT to come back!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got recommended this place by several og people.... Really good

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TO
Chicago
157 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing dinner. Out of several desserts, lasagne came only luke warm and when we returned it for reheating it still came back without enough heat to melt the cheese they added to the top.

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VB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta ever! We ordered the cavatelli macchialina and it was sublime!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable pasta

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TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service, the polenta and pastas are simply amazing

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service and beautiful restaurant with an attentive staff.

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