Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.8
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1409 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

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-Wednesday 6pm-11pm
Thursday, 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
Full Bar, Outdoor dining
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An old favorite. Be sure to have the on menu polenta option (currently with Duck) or the off menu request only polenta board . The pastas are made in house , excellent, and great to share several. You May be seated outside on a busy and somewhat noisy street.

J
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The $10 pasta night on Thursdays is both the most delicious and best value in Miami!

m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place! We come to South Beach once a year and this is the one restaurant we come back to. The tasting menu is amazing- more than enough but too delicious to pass up. If you are not going for the tasting menu, you MUST order the polenta! It’s worth the trip!

K
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fabulous service, very small portions for price, be careful not to be rushed, as they require that you order all dishes at once .

KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food and service with the exception of the front of house. Be prepared to wait 30-60 minutes past your reservation time while tables sit empty and the hostesses lie to your face about setting your table.

OT
London
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta Thursdays a must do when in Miami

CJ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hostess Christina was friendly and engaging. Waiter Dan was responsive and attentive, as were all staff. Food was excellent, environment was energetic and family-festive. Authentic, fresh home made Italian specialties. Highly recommend for a fun, special or everyday dining experience.

D
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 30 minutes for reservation - day of reservation received text saying we might have to sit outside even though original reservation from months in advance had “inside seating” in my comment request

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing pasta. Went on ten dollar night. Long wait to get pasta and comes as it is made so no order. Be ready to have family style. But delicious.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no words this place is so magically delicious 🥰

SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal homemade pasta, great wine list, and friendly attentive service. Macchialina is a standout for amazing Italian. Belly up to the bar and enjoy a great meal either solo or with friends. Everything is a must try!

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was excellent! They were very accommodating with our dietary restrictions. The veal Parmesan and the mushroom polenta really stuck out as top tier menu items but everything was absolutely delicious!

SR
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the tuna tartare and they specialize in Veal. We sat outside near the street on a busy Saturday night This is a very good Italian restaurant in Miami Beach

RS
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked in and was welcomed back. The service was great, the food was delicious and the vibe was amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Such great natural wines.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basel with friends

f
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful however we felt rushed to turn over the table.

HC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Refreshingly high quality in every way.

m
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super-chill joint off the beaten SoBe track...enjoy!

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was good, the service was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves.
Would definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was friendly and attentive, and the ambience was charming. Every single thing was delicious! Special thanks to our server Daniel and all the staff for making our night so special.

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I’ve been numerous times and the food quality has been excellent but last night everything was sub par and mediocre. The lasagna which was ordered by three guests came out cold and had to be sent back. Meatballs were small and with too much garlic. Spaghetti pomodoro was over cooked.

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday. I told the hostess who noted it but when we ordered dessert no effort was made although it was done for other tables. Overall very disappointing.

L
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Simple and nice restaurant , probably one of the more authentic italian restaurant in Miami. Good food and very good italian wines in a very pleasant atmosphere . Among all the price are lower than expected ( compliments). Our waiver from Minnesota was clever and very polite but I suggest the owner to have one italian waiver to dedicate more time to better explain the food and the wines ! For sure we’ll come back to Macchialina!

AH
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The host, a lady with long hair was very rude to us and we were in line to speak with her and she basically skipped us three times before i had to interject. In addition to skipping us, gave us a terrible table and i had to put my food down to get a better table.

Our server seemed over subscribed. It took a long time for her to take our order and then to get our wine (where we finished our charcuterie before our wine arrived!) At the end it seemed like she was upset about something, she slammed our check on the table and then slammed the table again to bring back the check to sign)

We’re from SF - probably some of the best italian restaurants in the country and the city happens to be among the most expensive in the country so for is to pay close to $100PPA - we expect better .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Meal and ambiance were excellent. Waitress rushed us a bit requiring our whole order when we sat down. If they slowed the pace a bit it would be 6 stars. Definitely go back hopefully with a different waitress.

KH
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We tried a variety of things and all were delicious. However, the polenta (we did ours with mushrooms instead of pork) and the short rib lasagna were knock-outs! Also, best bread pudding I've ever had! When next in Miami we will be back!

M
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Excellent service, food is really good, we really enjoy coming in every time. Thank You! And special Thanks to waitress Martina Filipova.

O
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service.

m
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal! Excellent service and food. New fav spot in South Beach. Good but casual scene with an emphasis on dining. Cannot say enough about this place. Try the meatballs, tuna tartare, and bread pudding.

K
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dining room Slammed on a Friday evening BUT food and service did not suffer.

LC
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is small but the service is great! It was packed, but our server made time for us. We were celebrating our 20 year anniversary and when we first arrived, the hostess wished us a Happy Anniversary.
We ordered the duck and sausage polenta to start and it was delicious! We also had the gnocco fritto and it was very tasty.
For the entree's we had the short rib lasagna- outstanding and the cavatelli was tasty too.
For dessert we ordered a chocolate and hazelnut pastry and it was very tasty.
We'd definitely recommend this place!

GG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended by locals. Exceeded our expectations, phenomenal pasta and excellent shareable options. Will be coming back next visit.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious birthday meal and found the quality of food amazing for the value. Great service

RT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it continues to be the best Italian in Miami Beach

I
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a small family owned restaurant with authentic Italian food, this is the place! Everything we ordered was amazing, from the wine to the burrata and the specialty pasta dish with shaved truffles- and the service was fantastic. Next time we are in Miami we will definitely be back!

CG
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with great food. Will definitely return.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of food

FL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been here few times n we love to come here when we are in Miami , Martina is great like always . The only thing is that my husband is vegan and they always take care of him n this time he didn’t eat well like before . His plate was not Tasty
And he was not happy . Over all it was ok .
My Bronzino was great . The wine was lousy and usually their selección it’s great .

EC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait half an hour for our reservation but everything else was amazing!-