Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.7
1103 reviews
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Italian
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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London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had to wait 35 minutes for our table which we had booked in advance; hostess claimed that as a policy they could not ask guests to leave a table (but they appeared to be friends). Hostess offered one free dessert as a result. The food was above average. It was busy so the service was scattered. Ambience was great and mixed young crowd.

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DC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was amazing! Service was lacking in that we felt very rushed and waitress working at a frantic pace. The restaurant was almost too loud and would have preferred to be sitting outside for some quiet.

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JR
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious! The portions are on the small side.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Best Italian I’ve ever had!!!

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Amazing pastas, great cocktails and wines and very nice interior design. A great place & great atmosphere !

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best past I've ever had (I'm 60). Very loud inside. Outside is not the best view either. But, the food is worth it.

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DM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is comfortable and attractive. Our server was friendly, efficient and offered great suggestions since it was our first visit. The food was absolutely outstanding using unusual ingredient and flavor combinations.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Entree serving sizes were fairly disappointing for the price of the dish.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm hospitality and awesome cooking. Fantastic server. Superb wine list.

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J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid, just solid menu. Really unique options. Well prepared. Service exceptional. A little expensive for off Collins ave but the food delivers

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JS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! We did the tasting menu and it was absolutely worth it! Not a dish we didn’t like!

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GM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Talented chef and food that really shines. Perfectly seasoned,perfectly cooked there was nothing that was less than very very good. Great spot if you want to get aware from the touristy crowd but stay in south beach.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was exceptional except that it was Friday night and we felt rushed and pressure to hurry through dinner because restaurant is very small and they needed to turn tables! :(

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and consistently good food. A real high quality eating establishment in a sea of Miami/Sobe pretenders.

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JF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, ambiance and service

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h
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with good selection of appetizer, pasta and entrees. Good wine and great cocktails. Lovely cosy atmosphere and loved the food.
Beet salad, Burrata salad and the homemade puffy bread warm and delicious. Highly recommend the homemade pasta dishes, which were great but a little salty and pricey but well worth it.

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e
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best italian restaurant, the food is delicious. Only one thing, we booked at 8:30pm we where on time but we had a table at 9:10pm...

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian dinners ever

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JR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wait staff. Very knowledgeable. A very good selection of Italian wines.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An exciting menu nicely prepared. Portions are sensible and a varied wine list. Our server was very attentive without being intrusive. Nice night out.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Homemade pasta dishes were delicious! The broccolini appetizer was very different and tasted so good! Our best meal in south beach!

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A
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I did not think this restaurant deserved it’s high recommendation on Open Table. I ordered veal Milanese a classic Italian dish that was very over cooked . They offered to replace but my companion was finished so I declined. They did comp that dish. The tiramisu was excellent. The pasta was so do. Very loud and crowded.d

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Great food and ambiance!!!

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T
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was hands down one if the best food experiences I've had, definitely the best I've had since I moved to Florida. The food was absolutely incredible! I can eat the creamy polenta for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff was very friendly, but it was busy so it did take a few minutes for them to get to our table. Because of the amount of people in such a small space it was also rather loud. That aside, I would travel to Miami Beach again specifically so that I can have another dinner at Macchialina! Thank you for such an excellent dinner!

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

If you like Italian cuisine, go here. It is located on a not particularly nice street not really near the beach. Decor is renovated storefront. But, who cares. The food is outstanding (Cavatelli Ragu, Short Rib Lasagna especially). Quite casual, despite the patrons arriving in everything from shorts to couture. Service is knowledgable and friendly. Value is excellent given the food quality.

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Pittsburgh
42 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed this small restaurant. It seems to be more of a local place with a nice welcoming atmosphere. The food was excellent but portions are a little large. We ordered the meet and cheese platter which is very nice and served with outstanding and addictive puffy bread, and really couldn’t finish much of our second course (pasta and absolutely delicious broccolini in a Caesar style dressing with a runny egg). The wine by the glass selection is small and mainly Italian selections that are quite good and not typical. I really loved this place and will definitely be back the next time I’m in the area.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

pasta it's ok , not that bad, not that good, nothing out of this world !
bread is so bad!

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic Italian food where perfect dishes come along with outstanding service then you should absolutely visit this restaurant! It’s always a pleasure to come to Macchialina.

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SQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been now 3 times and tried most of the menu. Everything was equally delicious and the service is excellent.
It's our favorite place in Miami.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome as always

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j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We started with the ensalada mista, followed by the cavatelli with meatballs. Finished with the tiramisu. Portions we're good. Service was great. The tables are close together, so, depending on who is next to you, it can be loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality food

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute gem. Authentic owned by folks with Italian heritage. Very welcoming and outstanding service and food. I thought the flights of Amari was an excellent idea that I have not seen before allowed me to try something new. Also excellent wine list with plenty of half bottles available. I am telling everyone I know about this place it’s a must when in South Beach.

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Z
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tastey meal full of locals, ootion to eat outside or inside. Great wine list too. We will definitely go back.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and experience. Highly recommend!!! Polenta is a must. Everything is insanely delicious.

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TD
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is a bit too small, music was a little too loud. Other than that, awesome food, great service, great restaurant

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Thought it was overpriced, especially later when I realised they had charged me $40 too much for my wine.
Had the specialty of the house the short rib lasagna and neither my wife or I bothered to finish it, perhaps it was a bad night, I hope so!

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great pasta - but on pasta Thursday the service is incredibly slow. The $10 pasta plates are small so you need more than one a person, and have to wait around 45 mins for the plate of pasta. Probably better on a normal night with Normal service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service - pastatuesday appears to be famous in south beach
Quite noisy, like any restaurant anywhere in the world that is full of Americans ... :)

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. From the hostess greeting to the dessert we were treated impecable. You totally should order the brocolini a la ceasar, the lasagna, the truffle pasta and the vanilla Pana Cotta among other things. I'll definitely go back!

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