Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.8
889 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday 6pm-11pm
Friday & Saturday 6pm-11:30pm
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Phone number
(305) 534-2124
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Pirolo
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Parking details
Metered parking on Alton & West Avenues
Self Park Garage located at 9th Street & West Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Outdoor dining
What 889 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here multiple times and every time.
Great service, good food, excellent ambience

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

Not a fan of the atmosphere of this place. Also do not see the point in making a reservation when we’re asked to wait to be seated anyway. I really dislike that they continuously lit candles throughout every table. It’s very dangerous and makes me super uncomfortable. Also don’t like the 10 dollar pasta specials, it’s fine if you like sharing but I’ve had better quality pasta elsewhere. The portions are just way too small. It seems like they do this purposely to milk as much money out of you as possible. I have no problem with this if the food was absolutely amazing but it’s really not. I wasn’t blown away. The quality of the overall pasta is good but the sauces and ingredients are not very good. I also really dislike the foodie atmosphere, it’s obnoxious but I guess that’s exactly the kind of crowd this type of restaurant wants to attract anyway. Honestly, I prefer fratelli la Bufala. Service is better, food is much better and likely much more authentic and we never have to wait to be seated especially if we have a reservation. Also, Scott Conant approved so you know it’s good.

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AK
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always incredible. Pasta night is a must! The service and attention to detail excel on all ends of this restaurant. The awesome hip hop is the background is always a plus.

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

Everything was amazing!!! Service was great!!! And the buster was awesome, he was on point, always on top of the water service, and I drink a lot, lol. The special pasta dishes on Thursday is great.

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SK
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently One of the very best restaurants in Miami Beach. The prices are reasonable as

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

Great food and customer service. Personal preference would be for portions to be a little larger, but it’s not too small.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i reccommend very good food

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m
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. The food was amazing and customer service was outstanding. One of the best dining experiences in Miami.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service

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a
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love the food, love the place . Unfortunately service was not good. We arrived at the place and asked the waiter who was in charge of taking the reservations if we could sit as we were a party of 4 and my 2 other friends were just parking. They told us no - in a rude way. Then our server was rude - trying to push us to order quickly.

It is very unfortunate because I do like the restaurant - and it just leaves a bad taste and wondering if I should go back.

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C
Tampa
103 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I were here for our mini vacation after renovating our new home in Tampa so we wanted to experience a higher level of dining than we can find on a limited basis in Tampa and boy, did this place ring the bell!!!! The interior is so warm and friendly and Kelly, our server, was on point! She was lovely, charming knowledgeable and attentive without being pesky. All of her recommendations were fantastic. Hubby had lasagne with short rib meat and after tasting his, it put my usually fantastic lasagne to shame. Incredible! My branzino was amazing! Granted, perfection does not come cheap, but trust me, it’s worth every single bite!!!!

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CF
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always... Food is delicious The waitresses just adorable Wine is perfect Love the place

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DG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and tasty food. However main dishes were too small...great wine selection.

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S
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food is always good, particularly the branzino...the bread pudding for dessert is amazing! Our server was not very nice however, seemed bothered whenever we asked for something and ignored me when I asked him to take a picture...I guess because the gratuity is included he felt he didn’t need to try...

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was sweet & very accommodating! The bartender was awesome too!

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MG
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time for dinner and we were not disappointed! Had the special of the night, bolonessa. The homemade pasta is such a pleasure. So glad we live two blocks from here!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is one of my favorite spots on the beach. The pasta is amazing! My favorite dish is the spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil. I go on Thursday’s when all of their pastas are just $10. Great service too!

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AT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The lasagna was full of flavor but way overcooked. Pasta that is overcooked at an Italian restaurant is a big no no. It was mushy.

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GW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food on South Beach 🏖 Now our favorite Restraunt ❤️

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K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time - the burrata appetizer was excellent as was the veal milanese. Wine list is quite expansive.

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RS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really solid spot. Our party had numerous dishes and everything was fantastic. The starters were outstanding and there was fresh pasta as the base of many of the main courses. They were even able to accommodate a gluten free diner with great options. The bar tender was very good as well, which doesn't always happen in a food focused spot. Great food and good value if you're looking for old world Italian and don't mind (or would prefer) being a few blocks off the strip.

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DA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Chefs tasting menu did not disappoint. Incredible server who was knowledgeable, personable and really made us feel comfortable and welcome. It’s easy to see why this place continues to be popular.

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SE
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here many times and normally get the tasting menu - this time we were less hungry so ordered individual plates. In terms of value for money, the tasting menu is better as the individual plates (pasta specifically) are small and still pricey. Still, the food is super.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good overall but extremely noisy! Almost couldn’t talk to people in our group.

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A
New Mexico
71 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We appreciate the hard work of the Chef Owner Michael and wife Jen put in day in and day out to produce original Italian tasty and delicious dishes. Great service and great ambience, Straigh out of NY!

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n
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so good! Amy is the SWEETEST and most hospitable bartender :)

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LH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place and Chef Peroli and Jenn are the sweetest owners and are in the crowd talking to the patrons. Great staff and True Italian food, all ingredients from Italy for the the pasta. Amazing. A MUST IN MIAMI BEACH!!!!

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PL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Would def return

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EC
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place never disappoints. Hands down the best italian spot in all of Miami. 10 dollar pasta night is a nice added touch.

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exceptional. From the best lasagna in the US to their modern twist on the classic Tiramisu.
I can not recommend this place more. Don't let your taste buds wait any longer, book yourself a table.

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NY
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really terrific food and service. The artichoke mezzaluna and the funghi appetizer salad were ridiculously good. The service is also friendly and attentive. Would definitely get five stars if not for the fact that it’s too loud and too cold, which really interferes with the whole experience.

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a must visit restaurant in Miami. It was the best meal we had all week. It is a small restaurant. The tables are close to one another and it’s loud. That was the only complaint, but it’s not enough of an issue to take away from a top rating. Highly recommend!

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GG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we were served tasted really good. The service was excellent too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been going for years now but unfortunately the pasta this past week was undercooked on the Fungi and cacio e pepe sauce was thick and cold. Very unlike any time I have eaten here before. Super disappointing because I brought friends with me.

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Houston
42 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I go to this restaurant a lot. This was the worst service I have ever had. Our waitress was not attentive and did not put in our order when she should have. Accordingly, it ruined the entire experience. I wish I could remember her name so that I could warn you!

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a
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal tasting menu with wine pairings, and great value too! Wonderful service and atmosphere, and nice to get away from the typical SOBE scene.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful way to spend our anniversary. Food amazing. Have the tasting menu. You will not be disappointed.

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WC
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal! Other than trying to find parking in South Miami, it was well worth the drive and I would highly recommend this place for the wonderful food and great service! I would definitely come back on my next trip to Miami!

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MC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended this restaurant.. we loved our food !
The restaurant has a nice vibe .. it’s cozy and intimate because of the size .. nice rustic feeling
The service was efficient and extremely friendly .. looking forward to going back

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Wait staff give honest recommendations and are quite attentive!

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