Rustic Italian

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  • 2015 Best Italian

This celebrated South Beach neighborhood eatery, helmed by chef/owner Michael Pirolo (a Scarpetta alum), offers a menu of seasonal, rustic Italian cooking in a warm, homey setting.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Macchialina…is a hub of exquisite flavors in a cacophony of cool.” – Miami Herald

“Start with a drink. At Macchialina, cocktails are made with vermouth, prosecco, or aperol. Proceed with antipasti. Try the warm butternut squash salad or broccolini al cesare. Then order Michael Pirolo's amazing fresh pastas. Isn't that what you came to Macchialina for? There's spaghetti con vongole, lasagna with short ribs and taleggio, and cavatelli Macchialina -- teeny pasta shells in a baby meatball and porchetta sauce. Sample the restaurant's tiramisu, which has espresso granita. Espresso? Sure. That's the best way to finish a meal at Miami's best modern Italian restaurant.” – Miami New Times

From the Chef

“The dishes that resonate with me from my childhood have had a profound effect on how I cook today. Dinner was an important time in my family…It was about eating but more importantly about being together, and my mother knew the better the food the longer we would sit. Pasta was a staple in my house and, to this day, I still use my mother’s pickled eggplant recipe.” – Chef Michael Pirolo


The 60-seat space is warm and inviting, with a down-home, neighborhood feel. Rustic elements – wide-plank black wood floors, brick walls, and wood-paneled ceilings – are accented with the rich red hue of the booths and chairs, and the caged lights dangling above the bar. On the walls, oversized chalkboards display the daily specials as well as the weekly music line-up.


  • Nominee: James Beard Award Best Chef, South 2016
  • The Ten Best South Beach Restaurants 2016 - Miami New Times
  • Miami: 3 Neighborhood Restaurant Favorites 2016 - Table8
  • South Florida Food 50: Jen Chaefsky and Mike Pirolo 2015 — Miami Herald
  • 10 Best South Beach Restaurants 2015 – Miami New Times
  • Best Italian Restaurants in Miami 2015 – Zagat
  • 38 Essential Miami Restaurants 2015 – Eater Miami
  • Top 30 Miami Restaurants 2014 - Time Out
  • Three and a half stars from the Miami Herald 2012
  • Zagat rating of 4.5 out of 5

Menu for Macchialina

820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (305) 534-2124
  • Private Dining Room: No