The Chef’s Tasting Menu at Macchialina is Pure Italian Magic

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.

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OCIO Italian Restaurant is Full of Surprises

By Mitchell Nover

I’ve recently been asked by a lot of different people what my favorite Italian restaurant in Miami is, a question I’ve struggled to find a decent answer to. Maybe it’s all the great variations on Latin food that we enjoy, but some other cultural cuisines (like Italian or Chinese) just aren’t as good as those that can be found in other cities around the country. We either get uber fancy and expensive or a little too cheap and kinda gross. Anyway, when recently visiting the newly-opened OCIO, I wasn’t exactly expecting to find an answer to the “favorite Italian restaurant” question.

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Pasta Vino – A North Bay Village Win

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my food adventures across Miami it’s not to judge a restaurant by its outside aesthetics. Pasta Vino is the perfect case study. The restaurant has a neon sign in what may appear to be a forgotten shopping center that resides next to Presidente Supermarket (aka not Publix.) However, don’t be fooled by the suspicious demeanor, the moment you walk into Pasta Vino, you’re overwhelmed by Italian comfort.

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