There’s nothing quite like that first bite of a delicious plate of Italian food heaven—pasta! Whether it’s the al dente angel hair you swirl in your fork, the creaminess of cheese that melts in your mouth, or the freshness of basil and herbs in a homemade sauce, you know you’re about to have a mouth-watering experience.
Great Italian cuisine is much more expansive than the spaghetti and sauce many grew up with as a child. Gourmet truffles, fine Italian cheese, homemade pasta, and exotic meats are just the beginning. Miami’s best Italian spots have lots of competition, and everyone is stepping up their hospitality game with great service and amazing wines to match.
You have a reason to celebrate on the 17th. Come join South Florida’s best Italian eateries for National Pasta Day. Gustare!
Looks can be deceiving and Boia De is easy to pass by without a second glass. Don’t let its humble exterior fool you. Nestled away in a shopping center that caters to locals, this funky new gem in the upper Buena Vista neighborhood is a pasta haven serving a selection of standout dishes such as Parpadelle Alla Lepre ($22) created with rabbit sugo, rosemary and fresh tomatoes; Ricotta Gnocci ($17) – fresh gnocchi served with a house-made cherry pomodoro sauce; Sweet Corn Agnolotti ($19) a creamy pasta with sweet corn, lobster mushrooms, and thyme; and traditional Ravioli ($21) – fresh raviolis with speck, mascarpone, cherry pomodoro, and Stracciatella. You can also expect to find a great wine list here featuring many of Europe’s best vineyards alongside favorites from Chile and California. Boia De is located at 5205 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami. For reservation, call them at (305) 967-8866.
It’s almost impossible to have a bad meal at a Ritz-Carlton, and this seaside eatery with a rum-centric bar and a focus on amazing seafood is no exception. Indulge in this chef-created specialty menu for the pasta day. Chef de cuisine Brooke Mallory has whipped up a Pappardelle Pasta with Lemon Ricotta, Roasted Mushroom, Butternut Squash, and Truffle Oil. Priced at only $15, the pasta will be offered during dinner starting at 5PM. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Telephone (954) 302-6460.
Golf course views at the JW Marriot Miami Turnberry create the perfect ambiance for this next pasta adventure. CORSAIR offers two tantalizing pasta offerings including Shellfish Pasta ($28) with house-made tagliatelle, mussels, clams, shrimp, tomato, white wine, butter, shaved parmesan; Rigatoni and Meatball ($24) with large chunks of Wagyu beef, veal, shaved parmesan and served with a side of delicious garlic bread soaking up all the sauce. These tasty pasta dishes are available on the dinner menu at CORSAIR kitchen & bar located at 19999 W Country Club Drive, Aventura.
Take your National Pasta Day to the next level at Gianni’s at The Former Versace Mansion. Enjoy a lavish White Truffle Tagliolini ($90), a rich pasta dish made fresh in-house and served in a cream and parmesan sauce with a generous serving of seasonal white truffles shaved tableside. Gianni’s is open from lunch from 12PM – 4:30PM and dinner from 6PM –11PM. The Villa is located at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For reservations, call 786-485-2200.
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has been a landmark for years and Scarpetta by Scott Conant keeps the legendary experience going by serving rustic, yet refined Italian cuisine and specializes in homemade pasta. For National Pasta Day, you’ll want to indulge in the iconic Tomato & Basil Spaghetti ($23) – this simple yet delectable dish is made by gently peeling and seeding perfectly ripe tomatoes and then cooking them in olive oil with garlic, crushed red pepper, and basil. Another favorite at Scarpetta is the Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli ($26) made with Marsala reduction. For more information about Scarpetta by Scott Conant and to view menus please visit their website. For reservations call 305-674-4660. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue.
When you think of award-winning made-from-scratch pasta, you typically don’t think of a food court. Dal Plin, located in the upscale food hall at St. Roch Market in the Design District, is a stand-out favorite for locals and visitors alike. Home-made pasta, sauces, and pizza round out a menu sure to please every pasta lover. A must-try is the Truffle Fettuccine ($28), made with fresh Italian truffle butter sauce and topped with shaved fresh Italian truffle and the Gnocchi Gorgonzola ($19), with home-made gnocchi, arugula, and honey. Located at 140 NE 39th St #241, Miami, FL 33137. No reservations required.
Palat Miami, the newest addition to the Aldo Lamberti Family of Restaurants, is located in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Miami and steps from the Design District. The beautiful local neighborhood ambiance is the perfect place to enjoy dishes like Tagliatelle ($20), prepared with brained rabbit, mushrooms, and carrots; and Pappardelle ($20) with veal osso bucco and a parmesan crisp. Located at 4702 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137. For reservations call (786) 953-7577 or visit their website.