By Mitchell Nover
Macchialina (820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach) is a true South Beach success story. Holding its own for years now in a light traffic area of Alton Road (well, light foot traffic anyway), the restaurant is the kind of place you’d expect to stumble into walking the streets of New York. It’s small and intimate, dark and stylish. The decor gives off vibes of a cozy hole-in-the-wall type of spot that reads more neighborhood Italian joint than trendy trattoria.