16 Miami Pasta Dishes That Are Happiness in a Bowl
We’ll never turn down a bowl of spicy rigatoni. Or truffle fettuccine. Or stone crab tagliatelle. Put down the boxed spaghetti, because we’re embarking on the most epic citywide pasta crawl. (Don’t forget your stretchy pants.)
Lobster Pasta at Estiatorio Milos
We love lobster, especially when it comes with a whole serving of sizzling spaghetti prepared with olive oil, onions and a generous scoop of tomato sauce.
730 First St.; 305-604-6800 or milos.ca
Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico at Fratelli La Bufala
Did someone say $10 pasta? At this South Beach mainstay, indulge in a comforting bowl of spaghetti pomodoro on a Tuesday night—because that’s when the restaurant’s discounted pasta promotion takes place.
437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-0700 or flbmiami.com
Toasted Farro Tagliatelle at Grato West Palm Beach
Need a reason to trek up to West Palm Beach? Look no further than this hand-cut farro pasta dish. It features a delectable blend of brown butter, pistachio, lemon and Parmesan, and we just can’t get enough.
1901 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334 or gratowpb.com
Gnocchi alla Tomate Fraiche at La Petite Maison
This isn’t just any ol’ bowl of pasta. La Petite Maison’s gnocchi, flavored with garlic and Parmesan, is impossibly light and fresh. We’re not exactly sure how they do it, but we’ve never felt better after eating a mound of dough. Success.
1300 Brickell Bay Dr.; 305-403-9133 or lpmlondon.co.uk/miami
Pappardelle alla Bolognese at Dolce Italian
It’s no surprise that this is one of Dolce Italian’s best-selling items. Using house-made pappardelle noodles, the meaty ragù includes just the right balance of beef, veal and pork.
1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-975-2550 or galehotel.com
Fettuccine Porcini e Tartufo at La Moderna
This flavorful combination includes imported porcini mushrooms and black truffle served with house-made fettuccine. As if the pasta weren’t enough of a draw, get there during happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and snag a discounted cocktail and complimentary focaccia bites.
1874 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-717-7274 or lamoderna-miami.com
Tagliolini con Pesto at Sette Osteria
This list wouldn’t be complete without one pesto dish. We’re all about Sette Osteria’s rendition, which features shrimp and diced tomatoes with a house-made pesto sauce.
2103 NW Second Ave.; 305-576-8282 or setteosteria.com
Beet Ravioli at Palat
We love any excuse to hang out in Upper Buena Vista, especially when it involves Palat’s beet ravioli—which includes sweet beets, goat cheese and hazelnuts.
4702 NE Second Ave.; 786-953-7577 or palatmiami.com
Rigatoni with Spicy Italian Sausage at Doc B’s
Made from scratch daily, this savory dish is topped with green peas and kale in a traditional brodo (broth). It’s a nice alternative to some of the cheese bombs on this list (but no less delicious).
Various locations; docbsfreshkitchen.com
Lobster Mac at Diplomat Prime
When you look up “comfort food” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of this guy. Massive macaroni noodles get dressed up with Maine lobster and an unforgettable three-cheese blend of Manchego, Gouda and Muenster.
3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8331 or diplomatprime.com
Smoked Ricotta Agnolotti at the Dutch
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the handmade pasta at the Dutch, but we’re partial to the smoked ricotta agnolotti filled with cheesy goodness and a hint of lemon.
2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3111 or thedutchmiami.com
Stone Crab Tagliatelle at Ariete
It’s hard for us to dine at Ariete and not order the double-decker cheeseburger. But chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit make a strong case with their stone crab tagliatelle topped with caviar. The oxtail ravioli is to die for, too, made with braised lobster, mushrooms and Parmesan. Each melt-in-your-mouth bite is tastier than the last.
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862 or arietemiami.com
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 954-765-3030or arietemiami.com
Baked Rigatoni at Prime Italian
When the mood for something creamy, cheesy and carby strikes, there’s only one place to go: Prime Italian. The Miami Beach restaurant satisfies all of our cravings with its baked rigatoni, made with fresh tomato sauce, hot and sweet sausage and all the cheese.
101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-695-8484 or mylesrestaurantgroup.com
Cavatelli Macchialina at Macchialina
This homemade cavatelli with baby meatballs, pork and pecorino is possibly our absolute favorite pasta from chef-owner Michael Pirolo. And that’s saying a lot, because he’s basically Miami’s own homegrown pasta king.
820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124 or macchialina.com
Pumpkin Agnolotti at Boulud Sud
No one would blame you for licking your plate after polishing off chef Daniel Boulud’s pumpkin agnolotti, which includes pancetta, sage and amaretti crumble. It doesn’t get any better.
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way; 305-421-8800 or bouludsud.com
Everything at Scarpetta
Celebrity chef Scott Conant makes our pasta dreams come true at his Miami Beach restaurant, Scarpetta. We’ll take an order of the spaghetti with tomato and basil. And the duck and foie gras ravioli. Oh, and the squid ink tagliolini with seafood ragù. No such thing as too much pasta, right?
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4660 or fontainebleau.com/scarpetta.