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Top 11 Italian Restaurants in Miami

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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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1. Anacapri Italian Restaurant

Anacapri Italian Restaurant
Anacapri's is an excellent choice for dinner whether you're going on a nice date or just having a jeans-and-t-shirt dinner with friends. The food is excellent and reasonable, the service is always congenial, and the attached Italian market has a great selection of imported meats, cheeses and fresh pasta. Reservations recommended. Now open is a take-out only Anacapri in the Old Cutler Towne Center.

2. Bugatti

With 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.

3. Cafe Prima Pasta

An interesting blend of Argentinean and Italian fare, this family-owned restaurant has roots in both countries. While Mamma and Papa work the kitchen, their children take care of the rest. Certainly a place to see and be seen, the cafe is reminiscent of true Italian cafes, with framed art on the wall and a cozy atmosphere. Reservations recommended.

4. Caffe Abbracci

An upscale dining experience. Although a little pricey, the atmosphere of this warm dining room with dark wood trim is worth the expense. Also enjoyable is the people-watching; celebs often dine here. While the regulars do get special treatment, it is worth it to get on that list. The food and portion sizes are excellent. Reservations required.

5. Caffe Vialetto

An unusual fusion of Latin American and Italian. This place may look like a hole-in-the-wall to a passerby, but it's truly one of the best-kept secrets in Miami. Exotic dishes will keep you coming back for more. Reservations recommended, but not accepted on weekends; prepare for a long wait or try for a weekday.

6. Il Pappagallo

Don'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 Piatto

Although 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.

8. Osteria del Teatro

Beneath the noise of Crobar is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, the kind of place that anyone in gourmet circles will be talking about. The daily specials, such as ravioli stuffed with crab and scallop in a lobster sauce, make this place worthy enough of daily visits to try the latest creation. Reservations are definitely required, since to be seen at Osteria del Teatro is to be "in" with the food crowd.

9. La Loggia

La 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 Tomato

Big 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.

11. Perricone's Marketplace

Perricone's Marketplace

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!

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