Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.7
1284 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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BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food off the charts
wine curation excellent
Desserts sublime
Staff were most enjoyable

n
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Noise level inside ridiculously loud, so we ate outside on the busy street. Not the best but the food makes up for the honking cars, etc. Delicious dinner and terrific waiter.

AD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Macchialina for years now and every time I go it never fails to impress me. Whenever I have guests visiting from out of town the only place I take them is here even if they are craving sushi. Chef Pirolo and his sister, Jackie who runs the front of house, are the best duo in town.
Incredible wine list created by wine director Jackie and the traditional/rustic cuisine, impeccable service, and solid ambiance is the recipe for a perfect dining experience. There are thousands of restaurants to go in Miami but for some reason I always find myself dining here, at least twice a month. It’s like going to see your therapist, a must.
Place is top notch. Thank you for continuing to provide us with your incredible food and service in the 305!!

EE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Miami, hands down. My husband and I come here for special occasions and love to bring our families. The service is great and the food is always spectacular.

GR
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a reservation for 2, but only outside or bar was available, they were holding a table for 4 so I guess having a reservation for less than 4 means nothing?

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, intelligent service. Food was well seasoned, great portions, and most importantly--delicious! Great textures and flavors. Reservations strongly suggested! The tasting menu is a great value for the money. Don't miss that opportunity if you want to try a bit of everything and are hungry!

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

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.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun night for 5 of us. Sending granddaughter off to Miami U!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good and tasty food
Veal milanese excellent
Stawberry pana cota so good but a little sweety

DC
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Merci Katia

T
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service. Food is amazing, a instant favorite in south beach!!!

CD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

MI
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

LG
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved the Grandma pie.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

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.

L
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

LP
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

k
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and wine I have ever had. Bravo!

SB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Everything we ate was delicious. My only word of caution is that it can get pretty loud inside

WM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must-visit spot for every trip to Miami. We loved it, again!

BH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

M
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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.
Good luck.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very good service!!🔝🔝🌟🌟

JH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Highly recommend the lasagna but everything we tried was amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! The freshest pasta in Miami! Great flavors. Fun restaurant!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! From the food-to the wine- to the service. Always one of our favorite places to eat!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy but tables are too close and had a loud party next to us. Waitress Ben was phenomenal. Definitely recommended!!!!

LV
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

f
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, wonderful atmosphere, fantastic tasting menu with wine pairings. 100% recommended. Loved it.

s
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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