Miami has an abundance of restaurants, many of which have authentic Latin flair. If you are looking for something different, Miami is also home to many choices in excellent Italian cuisine. If you're looking to eat well without putting a major dent in your wallet, you may wish to prepurchase gift certificates at a 60% discount (buy direct).
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2. BugattiWith its menu of heavenly homemade pasta dishes (such as their pesto- and ricotta-stuffed ravioli), you may be tempted to stick with these delicious treats. If you do, you'll be missing something far rarer in Miami- some of the best thin-crust pizza this side of New York.
6. Il PappagalloDon't let the small exterior of this place fool you; inside is one of the best atmosphere's I've found anywhere in Miami. A decor of Italian knick-knacks and paintings makes one feel quite at home, while the small size feels more like a large dining room. The dress is casual, but don't plan on bringing children; they don't have high chairs. Reservations are recommended.
7. Il PiattoAlthough this restaurant is in a shopping center, you would never know it once you step inside. The neon lights decorating the inside give it a more casual flair and encourage boisterous, friendly conversation, however the layout belies its size and makes it feel quite homey. The food is wonderful and a highlight is the olive and cheese spread at the appetizer bar.
9. La LoggiaLa Loggia is a classic Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Miami. Its location across the street from the courthouse makes it a popular spot for lunch, dinner or an after-work drink. I heartily recommend the lobster ravioli!
10. Big TomatoBig Tomato's gourmet pizzas are unlike any other in Miami. They're a mix between Chicago deep-dish style and California-style toppings. If pizza's not your thing, Big Tomato also features salads and wraps.
If you're looking for Italian in downtown Miami, Perricone's Marketplace is where you want to be! Their diverse menu features Italian classics like homemade potato gnocci and cioppino right alongside good thick Italian sandwiches. One downside is that you won't make it to the exit without plunking down your credit card in their irresistible Italian market!