If you can’t afford a trip to Italy for Valentine’s Day, you can find the next best thing at this rustic Italian taverna wedged onto Washington Ave. The pasta machine lurking in the front window is an excellent (and immediate) sign you’re onto something good, while small tables, reasonable prices, and a welcoming staff make every aspect of a date night here as pleasant as pie (er, tiramisu). The pasta is as advertised— freshly made creations that rival anything dished up by bigger names down the beach. And with dim lighting accompanying music ripped straight from The Godfather, it’s basically a mini-vacation without ever leaving Miami.
How to book: Reserve via Yelp.
When you literally have a guy making pasta in your front window, you’re setting the bar pretty dang high. And unlike a lot of impressive South Beach exteriors, this joint actually delivers. It’s a small, narrow restaurant that serves wine in tumblers to a modest jumble of tables, a place where you can easily overhear the conversations of the diners next to you but no amount of chatter could possibly distract you from food this good. You literally can’t go wrong with any pasta on the menu, and the service is astonishingly friendly, fast, and competent. Exceptional anywhere, but almost unheard of in South Beach.
How to book: Reserve via Yelp or order take-out and delivery via GrubHub and Postmates.