Macchialina Taverna Rustica

4.7
1188 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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K
Miami
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on Miami Beach and one of the best in SOFLA. A consistent winner. Best pasta in town.

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

The food was exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The reason for the 3 stars is upon arrival for our 6pm reservation, we arrived at 5:54pm and as we opened the door, we were greeted with a hand almost in my face and told “we open exactly at 6pm”. Being in the service industry, I do understand time standards, however a friendly approach would have been better appreciated. This was our one year wedding anniversary celebration and this put us both off. I would recommend the food to others but that initial greet left me with such a bad taste that we will not return.

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CC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always amazing!!! Tonight was no exception.

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JK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so good it rivals many mom & pop restaurants I’ve found on my numerous trips to Italy. The lasagna although a typical dish, was unlike anything I’ve never tried before. Simply delicious and the food is amazing across the menu. This place ain’t no joke!

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LR
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother for mother’s day. Place is amazing, food is delicious process very well prepared, service is spectacular

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LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Don't like auto 18% tip. Especially when they calculate on the alcohol as well. I was in the business for 20 years and always made 20% + tips that were based on my service. Will not go back

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San Antonio
44 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Golly gee whiz-what a find. We were only going to be in Miami for one night before we began our Florida keys vacation so I wanted to find something that wasn’t seafood focused. What a great restaurant. The food was exceptional - we had the meatballs appetizer to start- superb. Then I had the clams with pasta - pasta was cooked perfectly and then clams were very good. My husband had the steak and I have to say it was one of the best steaks we’ve even had out. The seasoning was delicious and it was cooked to perfection. For dessert we shared the bread pudding - which was our waitresses recommendation and she was spot on. This is a restaurant that obviously puts a lot of live and pride into their food but also into their staff. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Definitely a great place to visit whether you’re in Miami for a day or a lifetime.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the world. I always dine here when I come to Miami and I live in NY. I always order something different and the chef never disappoints.

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Naples
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We really wanted to like this place. Read all the great reviews and decided to make a reservation. My teenage daughter and I along with two of her friends arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and were greeted by a very pleasant hostess who asked if all members of our party were here. I replied that we were waiting for my husband. After about 5 minutes, another hostess arrived with menus and said "follow me". We followed her to a table in the back and were promptly greeted by our server. I ordered a cocktail and the girls ordered drinks. A few minutes later, the hostess who sat us returned to the table asking if we were still waiting for one guest to which I replied "yes...my husband". She began to reprimand me stating "we do not seat incomplete parties". I was utterly confused since she was the very person who had just sat us at this table. She became very snippy and said "you said your husband was parking the car". I told her that she was definitely mistaken and that I never would have said that since we had Ubered there and my husband was meeting us. She continued to berate me at the table and I asked her very nicely if she would like us to get up? She said that she was being yelled at by people out front who
"could see that we weren't all at the table and were seated anyway"... no one at the front could see our table in the back and I came back to my question "would you like us to leave? We are happy to leave if you need this table". She responded that she didn't want us to leave. I asked what she wanted us to do at this point.....her response was "we just expect honesty". I calmly explained that I was honest when I said that we were waiting for my husband...I never asked to be seated early...SHE sat us...She just kept shaking her head at me repeating we need honesty. Husband arrived and we ordered. Server was great . Food was fantastic. They sent a dessert to try to make up for it...too late. First impressions stick..a shame

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JS
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and server. An outstanding meal all around. I had the short rib lasagna, marvelous. My wife had the mushroom pasta also great. New taste sensation orange wine another treat.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always. Gave 4 stars for food as wasn't what I expected and only two meatballs - very tasty though.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal is a must..their homemade tomato sauce is something out of this world

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LR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the place. It’s a little gem. Service is always great just like all their dishes

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CM
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding, food was very tastefull but very small main pasta portions . Best tiramisu cake ever !

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Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! From the polenta to the pasta every dish was bursting with flavor. Highly recommended if in South Florida, do not miss the opportunity. Hit $10 Pasta Thursday! Reservations are a must. ENJOY!

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ZW
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I recommend to everyone! You can’t beat fresh, handcrafted pasta dishes, served by knowledgeable, friendly staff who treat you like family! Too many great things about this place for one review! Become a regular, even if you’re a tourist!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, awesome service!!!! That polenta tho... brilliant!!

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1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

FAVOLOSO!!!! AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT WITH GREAT FOOD
NICE ATMOSPHERE

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chef’s tasting menu. Amazing meal, wonderful service.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Divertente e molto animato da un pubblico perlopiu giovane. Nonostante la folla in attesa i tempi della prenotazione sono stati ( quasi) rispettati. Il personale è molto cordiale e alla mano. Tutti sorridono. Il cibo è ottimo ed è simpatica l’idea del menù del giorno con una vasta scelta di piatti di pasta a 10$.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food cocktails and wine selection. Every dish was fantastic.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Macchialina and come as often as we can to have some of the best pasta, wine and service in Miami (Beach)

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat real Italian pasta! Thursday’s they have $10 pasta!!

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SM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s no secret that this restaurant is popular in South Beach. Off the beaten path in a sense, it has to be some of the best Italian food we have eaten anywhere in our travels. Can’t rave about it enough. Will be a go to moving forward. Just such lovely staff and overall dining experience. Truly five stars.

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is the best Italian food on the Beach. and if you can catch Bolognese night, you hit the jackpot

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great, service was mediocre, small but cozy, over good but expensive for what your getting. They’re not Michelin star rated but they think they are.

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F
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely hands down the best Italian food in south beach! We sat up at the bar and the bartender was great, gave good suggestions and helped us with other suggestions of places to go as well! We met the two head chefs and was very impressed all around. We got the burrata to start, and 3 pastas- mushroom spaghetti, caccio de pepe, and lasagna. Hard to pick a favorite because they were all amazing!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local Hang with friendly, welcoming vibe. Very good food.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Awful...service and food...not worth my 30 miles drive to this place...used to recommend this place to a lot of people...sorry everything changed...not going back there...sorry...

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently outstanding.. we always have the chef's tasting and never disappointing

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KD
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh homemade pasta, nice wine list, warm environment. The puffed bread was the star of the meal- a must order item. The bar was pretty. I think I’d sit there next time.

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m
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Greatly overrated and overhyped why???
Food just so so

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1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Beautiful decor but not worth the hype.
Service cant keep a water glass full. The food was average but the chefs tasting menu was nothing more than that, average. Can find better for cheaper

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AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burrata appetizer, the homemade pasta is to die for! Definitely recommend.

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CR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite Italian restaurant in town! The short rib lasagna is amazing. And the branzino my favorite in town! Service always on point. A must go.

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1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely fantastic! We left stuffed and thoroughly satisfied. Everything was great....the lasagna, the branzino, the polenta, the zeppoles, the broccolini, veal parm.... I would go back in a minute.

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K
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was VERY good food and service (Wait staff/kitchen) the hostess seemed overwhelmed and I shouldn’t notice that as a patron. It is a small but busy place which I understand but it’s her job to make things run seamlessly and not make patrons feel as though they are a burden. she did realize and correct herself but I kept noticing the same theme.

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Friendly service.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the tasting menu. Each item is better than the last.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Noce place good food

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