These 20 best Italian restaurants in America — which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami right up to San Francisco’s best restaurants — exemplify the best of both traditions (and they’ve got the James Beard Foundation nods, Michelin stars and Food & Wine Best New Chef awards to prove it) Go to the article
With a sterling résumé capped off by a stint at nearby celebrity haunt Scarpetta, chef Michael Pirolo could have parlayed his reputation into a big-ticket temple of alta cucina. Instead he sought to win hearts and minds by opening Macchialina, which he calls the kind of place he himself prefers to eat: a funky urban tavern nearly as admirable for its reasonable price points as its gutsy cooking. Supplemented by trademarks like the beet-stuffed mezzelune with hazelnuts in brown butter, the menu abounds in seasonal dishes as vibrant as Miami Beach itself — porchetta di testa in bottarga vinaigrette over gnocco fritto, lavender-scented chicken fricassee with porcini crumble, cioppino showcasing local seafood. They’re complemented by wines by the carafe and cocktails with loads of zip.
By Time Out editors and Ruth Tobias, Time Out December 7, 2015 | 11:12am
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