Macchialina Taverna Rustica
We ate here this evening as we wanted to check the restaurant out before we booked their taster menu. Unfortunately, after this evening we wont be returning.
We waited 40 minutes for our table (which was booked for 10pm). Dissopointingly a group who arrived after we had been waiting for 30 minutes were seated immediately. To be fair the staff were very busy and it was clearly a stressful evening for them but we didn't feel that we were fairly compensated for the inconvenience. The food tasted wonderful but we were sad to be treated in this way.
The food was absolutely amazing, but the service was terrible. Our waiter made comments multiple times about how he needed to flip the table. I’m sorry, at 10:30pm with a few empty tables, you don’t need our specific table. Our table of 2 ordered an $100+ bottle of wine, 4 pastas and veal parm for 2 people. We wanted dessert, but felt so uncomfortable after he multiple comments that we just left. Had he been pleasant, we would’ve ordered dessert and two martinis, which would have added to his tip. I was disappointed tip was included because I would’ve tipped 18% on the food, but 10% on the alcohol due to the terrible service.
For two weeks we have been dining at Miami’s finest dining establishments during Miami Spice. Mr. Chow, Hakkasan, Byblos, Pao, The Bazaar, Red -The steakhouse.
The vote from our group was unanimous.
Macchialina is the best meal in Miami.
Unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere with excellent helpful, friendly service. And courses that were delicious tasty and perfect on the plate. My son reminds me to mention that the portions are also very generous. While traditional it does not preclude creative touches and inventive presentation. The wine list is extensive too.
An altogether wonderful evening in the Italian tradition Macchialina receives our highest recommendation.
Amazing restaurant. Atmosphere is full of buzz. Staff swarm around with endless energy but without seeming overwhelmed at all. Hostess manages the tables and the line of keen diners as well as I’ve seen. Nothing but smiles on people’s faces, mix of casual and suits. With no one seeming out of place. The food was as full of flavour as possible. Nothing was too much trouble. The short rib lasagna and the Zeppolis if you really made me pick standout dishes..... but I’d rather just have them all again.
Fun night for 5 of us. Sending granddaughter off to Miami U!
Very good and tasty food
Veal milanese excellent
Stawberry pana cota so good but a little sweety
We really enjoyed dinner last night the food was excellent but more importantly our service was par excellence
Katia is really very good at her craft
Great food and experience. Also the service was outstanding. Looking forward to going on Thursdays or Sundays for the past and pizza days respectively. A little bit pricey though. Worth going! Cheers
We had the chef’s tasting menu- 8 different items from the menu. Our waiter gave a succulent description of each item as he placed it in front of us as our mouths watered. Excellent food, service was great and we recommend it to anyone. Go hungry!
Perfect service. Food is amazing, a instant favorite in south beach!!!
AMAZING EVERY TIME!!! Love the pomodoro and mezzaluna are the best pastas ever!! And the tiramisu and panna cota are a must try!! Love this place!!
Lovely restaurant that had exceptional service. Loved the music they were playing side note.
We had the summer salad and it was delicious, light and flavourful.
Followed by taglioni and cavatelli pasta - both were amazing especially the cavatelli. The sauce and meatballs tasted like my nonnas. The only thing I didn't care for was the Gnocco Fritto (one of the small starters we got) It is essentially fried dough/bread. And it didn't do anything for me.
Everything else 10/10
Let me just say this place sits close to my heart. Jacqueline is always such a sweetheart and is so kind to us. Not only that but the food is always tasty, fresh and to me is true italian food. The staff is always so friendly and on top of it. Thank you team Macchialina!
Love it! Always have an amazing meal and they really care about their customers. All their pasta is fresh and high quality. My favorite dessert is the zeppoles.
We loved the Grandma pie.
Too bad you don’t have a zero star rating. Terrible experience from the get go. Nastiest and rudest of all hostesses/manager: Elisha is clueless about the people skills needed in the hospitality field. She chose to make us wait one hour for our table although we had an 8.45 reservation and had arrived on time. There were 3 adjacent tables for 2 available throughout our wait. The minute we sat down at our table, 2 out of the 3 other available tables were assigned to walk-ins. The third table remained empty through the night. By the way, there was no room in the bar to wait either: again two seats were “reserved” at the bar and almost concurrently with our table being “ready” the two seats were filled out. The appearance of being booked solid is a facade to create some sort of bizarre hype at a mom and pop operation. Parking is difficult, yet there is an empty parking lot right next door which is not available to restaurant patrons. No valet parking option either. The place is loud with the most annoying playlist. Portions are tiny: $27 terrible vegetarian antipasto served in four, 2 inch diameter plates (reminded me of “feeding” my dolls as a toddler). Appetizers were good taste and size wise (Broccolini Cesare and Burrata Salad). The main course pastas came in in appetizer size plates...really??? Our conversations kept being interrupted by numerous staff members who also couldn’t keep tabs of which dish was for whom. After we had ordered dessert (an ok Panacotta with nice berries and caramelized pistachios), our pleasant waitress brought in tiramisu as a courtesy. Though the gesture is appreciated, at that point nothing would make up for the nastiest of experiences. $182 dollar skimpy pasta dinner for 3 (no drinks), no ambiance, no parking and the nastiest of attitudes. Who needs that when there are numerous other options around? We are locals and know what to expect.
If you haven’t experienced the tasting menu here, you haven’t lived! I felt like I was in Italy. All of the courses were spectacular, and even though we were ready to expload, we couldn’t leave one bite on the plate. I was able to experience the pasta with beets that I wouldn’t have ever ordered, and it was heavenly. The burrata sends you to Cinque Terre, just splurge you deserve it!!
Thank you for a great evening! We ordered the Chefs tasting menu to share with friends and it was amazing! Each dish was delish and it included our favorite polenta appetizer. Service is outstanding and the atmosphere is intimate and inviting. Love Macchialina, our local neighborhood gem! Be prepared $$$$, slightly over the top for regular dining.
Best Italian food and wine I have ever had. Bravo!
The wait staff was friendly and professional, and the dining area was visually appealing. The food was plated very well and tasted delicious. I would most certainly return for another meal and recommend this restaurant to friends.
Love this place! Everything we ate was delicious. My only word of caution is that it can get pretty loud inside
Nice experience but too noisy place. Customers speaking very loud and the place doesn't have any loudness or acoustic treatment. Food Menu is very nice but all the dishes has black pepper at an extremely strong level. This hides the real taste of this good food.
A must-visit spot for every trip to Miami. We loved it, again!
Came to have dinner on a. Friday night. Showed up at 8pm for 815 reservation. We had 2of three people there and there was 4 open tables. They have a rule not to seat incomplete tables. Our last person arrive and we were sat out side at the last table on the side walk. No above light very dark table. It took time to get a drink at least 15min to take just that order. Then 10 more to get the drink .The busser was more attentive then our server. I have been to macchialina a few times and the food always was outstanding. This night it was just ok. Nothing to wow. This was the first time that I have been here and wasn’t please, both other times I was invited to go and was amazed. Maybe it was an off night but was still a good meal.
Ok I don’t know who gave this place a 4 or 5 star but is is a DUMP. outside not maintained. Inside dark. Dreary, looks dirty and dumpy!!!! Wine list is awful. Food totally mediocre. This is a tourist trap. And outrageously expensive. It is American Italian food. I am Italian from Italy. I know good food. If you want to spend a lot of money on a dump in ugly location with mediocre food then go to it.
Delicious food and very good service!!🔝🔝🌟🌟
Delicious! Highly recommend the lasagna but everything we tried was amazing
Always excellent! The freshest pasta in Miami! Great flavors. Fun restaurant!
Love this place! From the food-to the wine- to the service. Always one of our favorite places to eat!
Cozy but tables are too close and had a loud party next to us. Waitress Ben was phenomenal. Definitely recommended!!!!
50 minute wait from a 9:00pm reservation we made. Took our order at 10:00pm didn’t get the salad until 30 minutes after. Very loud and small place, couldn’t hear the person I was with that was right next to. They have a parking lot right next to them that nobody could use! It was hard to find parking but we still made it in time. For them not to respect a reservation when they require a credit card be placed is baffling. Wouldn’t go back, wouldn’t recommend.
Unbelievable food, wonderful atmosphere, fantastic tasting menu with wine pairings. 100% recommended. Loved it.
Food was just ok. Overpriced and salty. So loud that it was hard to talk. Pasta dishes very expensive and small portions for a cheap commodity
My favorite place to eat in Miami and my go-to recommendation for out of town visitors. I rarely even order an entree as I get too excited about the pastas and appetizers. Sounds crazy but the Pomodoro is a must have (sounds 'basic' but is absolute perfection here), the polenta and stuffed artichokes are incredible, their salads are great, the beet mezzaluna is savory and sweet... you cannot go wrong with anything here. And the service is outstanding. Nice people, helpful and phenomenal food.
Our dinner was delicious and fresh. Definitely going back again!
The vibe of the place was awesome. The place is cozy. Service was pleasant. Food was delicious. Music was loud enough to hear it and have a conversation. Love the place.
Delicious pasta, outstanding service and wonderful wine selection
Best pasta in Miami
I would only recommend with reservations on the following: Go ONLY on a quieter night of the week (not Thursday) as this was Pasta night for $10.00. We did not know this of course before making our reservations two months prior and only discovered it upon arrival. I would only recommend going here if you are seated at a table in the left side of the dining room, even if you have to wait longer. When we were greeted by the hostess and despite having a reservation, unbelievably the first words out of her mouth were “I will need the table within one hour and 10 minutes.” We were told afterwards that she was an owner. This is a very small restaurant and frankly it is too busy to keep up with the amount of clientele. They are extremely rushed, terse, almost frantic in their service. Pay your bill and that’s all they care about besides making fabulous pasta. We were seated at a picnic-style table to the right of the entryway but unfortunately this quickly became a holding area for other guests who were waiting for tables. To our dismay they kept bumping our table and stood right next to us with their backsides a foot or more away from our faces which was terribly uncomfortable, especially as most of these same people rear ending our table would unapologetically turn around and look at the dishes that we were eating. We had no recourse than to grin and bear it as there simply is no solution to the overwhelming number of people waiting inside short of telling everybody that they have to wait outside, but there too is another problem because the sidewalk is filled with outdoor seating....nor could we move to another table. We consumed our wonderful pasta dishes as fast as we could to get the hell out of there. The noise level is overwhelming to the point of being chaotic, and this is from New Yorkers.
This place is incredible - peace peace