If a getaway in Tuscany isn’t in the cards, no need to fret, as we’ve rounded up five new Italian restaurants that are more conveniently located. From homemade pastas and coal-fired pizzas to authentic gelato from Italy’s most famed purveyor, you’ll be able to indulge in the delights of rustic cuisine without the eight-hour flight.
Since opening in April in Sunny Isles Beach, Biella Ristorante has been serving up delicious Italian fare inspired by the quaint township in Northern Italy for which it was named. Far from traditional, the menu highlights such dishes as a smoked salmon pizza made with a jet-black squid ink crust, foie gras toast with raspberry marmalade, and pastrami brisket with bone marrow. The kitchen also offers a rotating selection of pasta specialties “fatta en casa,” or made in-house. 17082 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-974-0174
What’s more appealing than a variety of restaurants, bars, and a marketplace within one dedicated space? Not much, especially if the focus of said outlets is on authentic Italian cuisine served in an elegantly appointed atmosphere at Brickell City Centre. La Centrale offers guests the choice of five restaurants, which highlight beef, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and pasta, as well as a more casual market where you can grab and go. When you visit, be sure to save room for dessert, as the food hall is also host to a gelateria by Venchi, Italy’s most celebrated ice cream shop. 601 S. Miami Ave., 305-720-2401
Inspired by the Magic City’s burgeoning culinary scene and innate vibrancy, restaurateur Aldo Lamberti recently launched Palat Miami in the Upper Buena Vista neighborhood. At the helm of the kitchen is Lamberti’s son, Pippo Lamberti, a seasoned chef who chose to emphasize both local ingredients and traditional Italian staples to create the menu. From the Mediterranean-inspired dining room, guests have a view of the open-air kitchen, where signature dishes like beet ravioli and sea urchin with squid ink pasta are being made.4702 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-7577
The family behind Miami’s beloved Argentine steakhouse and market concept Graziano’s recently unveiled Lucia Pizzeria, a casual eatery that’s serving up authentic Neapolitan cuisine. While the focus is on pizza—there are 12 varieties, made with and without tomato sauce—the wood-burning oven also churns out delectable empanadas and roasted calabaza, a popular side dish. 8755 SW 72nd St., 305-249-1043
Washington, D.C. import Sette Osteria has landed in the Wynwood Arts District, offering locals a new neighborhood spot for hearty Italian eats. Decorated with hanging plants and modern furnishings, the dining room is bathed in natural light, evoking the feel of a lush oasis. And with menu items like grilled calamari, beef carpaccio, and homemade lasagna, you’ll likely be back for seconds. 2103 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-8282