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Macaluso's Italian Cuisine

Map & Directions 1747 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Italian
  • Sun,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat 12pm-11:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

It's not an Italian restaurant. It's Italian American, what people in New York's burbs (like Staten Island, where chef Michael D'Andrea grew up) commonly call a "red-sauce joint." But that's no diss when the sauce's tomatoes are naturally sweet D.O.P. San Marzanos. And other ingredients boast the same high quality. The dried pasta is De Cecco (and always cooked al dente, not overcooked and mushy). Cured cold cuts, like the San Daniele prosciutto, are Negroni. Olive oil is top quality, first cold-pressed extra virgin. The favored cheese is Locatelli Pecorino Romano -- so aromatic that the term imported doesn't begin to do it justice; in fact just one sniff exports you to southern Italy. Recipes, from the chef's grandmother, are tasty renditions of simple, honest, homey fare, like rigatoni with broccoli rabe; generously ricotta-stuffed ravioli with fresh peas, chicken, and mushrooms in a lemony white sauce; and an excellent -- and never precooked -- veal cutlet. One warning: The chef is not happy to alter Grandma Macaluso's recipes. So, dieters, fuhgeddaboutit.

Member Reviews

  • on 01/28/11

    Meatball appetizer... nuff said!

  • snellor wrote a review for Macaluso's Italian Cuisine
    on 06/08/09

    Quite possibly one of the most incredible Italian restaurants that I've ever been to in my life. It's kind of off the beaten path - like if you don't know Miami and you don't know the streets you won't just walk into it. It's almost like in a mini-mall and from the outside it looks horrendous, but once you get inside it's a much better situation. Every appetizer to every main... More >>

  • on 11/11/08

    Macaluso’s is the only restaurant in South Florida that prepares home cooked Italian food stemming from Staten Island, New York. Chef and owner Michael D’Andrea, based on family traditions and recipes from his beloved grandmother Gacomina and mother Josephine, created the restaurant. Macaluso’s has not change the way it does business. It does not accept reservation, no... More >>

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