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The Only restaurant in South Florida that serves authentic home cooked Italian-American food. Family recipes, three generations old from Staten Island, New York.

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Macaluso's Restaurant

Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Is this Guy really the OWNER?

I dont think so...The owner claims he is authentic and real NY italian, funny. My wife had a simple request to leave out one ingredient ( she is pregnant now), the waiter told use it was not possible to remove it. Then after a few minutes some guy claiming to be the owner comes over and begins to berate my wife and I. Our table of 12 walked out leaving the appetizers and 3 bottles open wine on the table. Funny how this is an italian restaurant and the so called owner splahes his face all over the restaurants website, what does he think he is some South Beach model. DONT WASTE YOU TIME OR MONEY there is much better italian in miami, i mean, The Olive Garden would have been a better dining experience. The owner is a real loser, maybe the heath department should visit this place for a surprise check up, i hear there are RATS in the kitchen......



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Provided by Citysearch - 
Have to come for lunch

Most people in Miami know that hands down Macaluso's is the best italian food anywhere, but what they don't know is that they serve lunch too! I've been going to the restaurant for years now, and it's without a doubt my favorite place to go. My new obsession now is their market right next door where they serve lunch. You can get the famous meatballs and salads, but then you can also get pizzas and heros. The pizzas are to die for. They make their own homemade dough and then top it with their famous marinara or leave it white. You can also get everything to go. They sell their homemade marinara, salad dressing, cheese, bread crumbs, olive oils, pasta and alot more. Basically everything they cook with in the restaurant they sell in the market so then you can go home and cook. How cool is that!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average food, slow service, obnoxious owner

Waited an hour for our food to arrive and then three of the four dishes were cold --- the ravioli was actually cold in the center! The veal was at room temperature.

We waited another 10 minutes, the simple spaghetti and meatballs (they were OK --- but not spectacular) --- and not worth the $25!

There is more myth and showmanship in their food -- the meatballs and the tomato sauce was not this incredible thing they talk about -- actually they were disappointing. The food was way over-salted.

The prices are very steep for what this is. The portions are HUGE -- so think quantity not quality.

Finally, the owner at this place has an ego that is well beyond who he is ... we asked to speak with him and he declined. Incredible!

Perhaps in years gone by this restaurant was great ... but not any more. There are alot better places to eat Italian on the beach.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A total ripoff !!!

As all things in life it's all about cost benefit. The food is $15 a plate red-checkered table cloth trattoria style, but on the ""South Beach"" rip-off agenda.
Plate of pasta and 1 glass of wine = $60 dollars!!! - with a small tip (service was ""authentic south beach"" as well. i.e unprofessional and just plain poor).
Did I say $60 dollars for a plate of AMERICAN ITALIAN spaghetti????
Yes sir-e Bob.
By the way - look out also for the pretentious disertation about the chefs ""thousand year old family recipees"" brought over from ancient Staten island. And then check out the ""gourmet"" basket of Pasta they bring out to show the exclusive quality produce they use.
HELLO??? Is that a box of $2.50 Barilla linguini behind the other packaged pastas ??? Which I’m paying $30 for??
What are you guys thinking over there ?



Provided by Citysearch - 

We found Macaluso's last night after overhearing someone talking about ""the best Italian food they have ever had"". We couldn't help but ask where the restaurant they were talking about is. Growing up in my own fathers kitchen eating fresh, homemade Italian food...I am one of the pickiest Italian restaurant critics. I usually cringe when people suggest going out for Italian because I know the food can never measure up to what my own father can concoct. However, my fiance' was hungry and craving Italian so I agreed. DAD, IF YOU READ THIS...I'M SORRY TO SAY...YOU HAVE SOME COMPETITION!!!! This is the best Italian food I have ever tasted. The food is authentic, fresh, cooked to perfection. We ate Michael's famous was instantly obvious why the famous come for the famous meatballs (celebrity photos snapped in Macaluso's kitchen with the chef/owner Michael are scattered about the restaurant). For our entrees, I ordered the Linguini white Clam favorite Italian dish....what a relief to finally eat a hot, fresh, linguine white clam dish made with fresh clams and the perfect amount of garlic and olive oil! My fiance' ordered the Veal Parm with fusili. Now, I'm not usually a huge fan of veal and I couldn't resist tasting and then sharing this awesome dish. PERFECT!!! This guy definitely knows what he is doing! Our server explained to us that the recipes used have been in the owners family for more than 75 years....very cool! I grew up eating my fathers food and know firsthand the feeling I feel after eating a meal infused with passion and love. We left perfectly full and happy (with our canoli's to go) xoxoxo Melis



Provided by Citysearch - 
place rocks

wow this place rocks.. me and my coworker went to eat there last week and thanks god.. i think i just found my new dates spot. the food is AMAZING. my friend matias had over 5 meatballs topped with juicy mouthwatering marinara sauce, which apparently they also sell in the market next door during the day time. wow... not a surprise jennifer lopez picture on the wall looks so happy, so as john bon jovi and bunch of other celebrities..
i finished up with vanilla cake cause i personally think desert should be a main course (few more pounds is just more of a nice person isn't it? :)) and OMG!!! not even it was the best cake i've had they decorated the plate with 3 cannolies, creamy and crunchy to perfection, i almost ate my fingers..

i'm definitely coming back for such a great experience. on top of that, choice of the music (the way you look tonight, new york and all those old hits you love :)), soft lite and candles gonna make my best date next week, looking forward :)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Where everybody knows your name

usually i just eat a cheese pizza here for lunch

but for a special treat I'll wait for the restaurant to open and order Grandma Lena's Chopped Meat and Peas

If it's a hot day on the beach maybe grilled Tuna over spinach

this is one of those places that if you know about it you come back week after week. there is always something new to try and if all else fails just have a meatball and salad



Provided by Citysearch - 
come for lunch

i go for lunch. a meatball sub, pelligrino, locatelli, they bake their own bread there everymorning. the best garlic bread you will ever have. nobody can make, homemade desserts that will leave your mouth watering



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nothing special

I went after hearing people rave about this place and was not impressed. The whole experience felt a little gimmicky to me. I don't see any point to not having a written menu, the list of ""warnings"" about the place (no changes, doesn't accomodate allergies, don't you dare complain about anything!) is amusing but a little ridiculous. The food itself was good but nothing to write home about, pasta a little less than al dente, tiramisu watery and clams were not in shells as waiter said they would be. I felt that the prices were too steep considering the type of food served. It was fun watching the owner/chef work in his kitchen from the table, but pretty obvious that he has a huge ego and refuses to see his culinary genius questionned in any way. To me this was a huge turn off: wouldn't a good chef want to know if anything was less than perfect?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Macaluso's is a place of class, born and dedicated from love, and some of the most delicious food yo

This is one of the best Restaurants I've been too. The owner is one of the best guys out there. A true genuine soul. A very classy place with respect for tradition! The food is delicious and homemade just like you going to your moms house for dinner! Do you ask your host to change your menu for you? You know she made it with love so you enjoy. Im very surprised by the negative mean reviews below. It must be someone with alot of anger and hostility to write something so insulting and Mean! Macaluso's offers authentic , home cooked food made with dedication and perfection by chef and owner from his families recipes. Those who have class and respect for this will appreciate. Macaluso's is a place of class, born and dedicated from love, and some of the most delicious food you will ever taste! Contrary to the review below..I believe Macaluso's is filled with Wonderful Karma! All those who are refined and fullof light will see and much enjoy.
~ Angel



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Dining Experience in 2008, 2007, 2006

Went to this restaurant last weekend for the first time..Granted I am not a celebrity so maybe that was part of the reason for this experience... We had reservations for ten o clock a party of nine for this family style restaurant. We arrived on time and were promptly seated. We did not get water till about 10;20,and our repeated request for bread and our first course did not arrive on the table till about 10:50 ...almost one hour after seating down...with the salad we also got 5 of their famous meatballs to share among the 9 of us with the promise that more would be out shortly...shortly was another 20 minutes and now at 11;15 all they had served us was a salad and some meatballs...(at a restaurant known for its meatballs we were quite surprised that they only had 5 to serve us after an hour at the table)...As we were incredibly hungry at this point we requested more bread whihc our waitress rudely replied they were out of and nothing she could do )in addition to be obviously frustrated with the kitchen which was obviously already taking a holiday from serving thier customers... at 11;40 we finally got our main courses///.. a salmon dish with three pieces of salmon and raw pasta, a chicken parm dish with enough chicken for 3 ( a request for more was moot as the waitress pretty much was ignoring our table)...this dish also came with pasta that was barely co0ked as well. requests to speak to a manager were finally answered by the waitress telling us that she was the manager .... when the bill came the owner stuck his head through a curtain and started to BERATE the table asking each one of us what we did for a living and how dare we not like his food...In all my years of eating out I have never seen such rude treatment by a server and then by the manager.

Happy dining to all in the new year and if you want to be treated like you the restaurant is doing you a BIG FAVOR by letting you eat there and be treated rudely...then go and enjoy



Provided by Citysearch - 
I'll be back

I always try to respect the fact that different people will have different opinions, but in this case I fail to see how anyone could come away with a negative impression of this place. The food is authentic as it gets in this part of the world, cooked immaculately (even if they are a bit snobby about how well they know how to cook - the menu, which is not really a menu, has a funny way of telling you to take what you get and don't ask for anything special) and served with that italian edge that makes the experience more real. The restaurant is beautiful. Choice of music is chill-out rather than Italian, not exactly Staten Island but certainly more appropriate for the SoBe crowd. They don't try to squeez in every table they can so you have some room which is a nice perk. After reading comments here I paid particular attention to the waitstaff and found every single one to be professional and efficient. We had appetizers pushed on us, just like one person wrote, but this is only because the waitress knows her food and was clearly sharing her enthusiasm for it (and she was right on all counts by the way). Wine list is extensive and equally expensive! That was a bit of a shocker. Food is also a bit pricy, but you have to remember that you are in South Beach where everything is expensive (and usually overrated), and you are getting quality. I've paid a lot more at one other upscale Italian restaurant in Miami that didn't make the mark like Macluso's and, you guessed it, I'll be back to Macluso's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Moms kitchen

This place is just like eating at your Grandmothers on a sunday night- with your mother / grandmother cooking all day long- The gravy is amazing- the pasta is perfect. I am a extremely picky when it comes to eating out- I have been here twice in a month and can not wait to get back in again. If you cant handle the subtle nuances of having it Petes way- then this might not be the place for you-But trust me; just like another reviewer posted- you would never ask your Mom to change her meatballs would you? If you do not want to wait for a table, and want to remember what a real Family style Italian dinner is like you can take the food to go- or purchase from the Deli next door-



Provided by Citysearch - 
RUDE and NOT Friendly

I have been a regular at this hot spot for over 5 years, the past few times we went here the service was unexplainably rude!! The food as well hasnt been up to par. The one thing they are known for is there awesome cheese and hot pepper in olive oil that is gone and substituted for gross, dry cheese and rosemary bread. No one in our party would eat it! They used that great parm.cheese for their old dressing, now the dressing is uneatable. The shrimp Scampi was tiny (only 2 shrimp)and cost $27.00 . The place was dead, normally an hour plus wait. I guess everyone else feels the same way we do.. We will NEVER go back , it is a shame! They need to also have a LONG talk with there servers , really so rude to the customers. I dont know how they will survive anymore like this.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Extremely rude and arrogant, Overpriced...

In a few words like I said extremely rude concept and service (like our way or the highway), first they have the menu written on a blackboard that is half covered by a bunch of flowers and they won't move them so you can read and decide, there are absolutely NO modifications of your order no even if you are allergic to a certain ingredient.
Food is decent a little too heavy on the garlic side, good meatballs, but I ordered a Sea Bass plate that was on the specials that was $52 and I think it was not even close to be worth that much. Honestly I think for there is much better Italian for that price ""without the attitude"" like Escopazzo on the beach but for a much better deal I would go to Coral gables were you can find cafe Abracci or Randazos




Macaluso's is an upper class, family owned restaurant with the best service, intimate atmosphere, and menu we've seen in America. Their appetizer of french bread with olive oil, fresh ground herbs, pepper and parmesan is accompanied by red and green chili peppers - fantastic. I recommend their 3 inch meatball entree.



Provided by Citysearch - 
To all the ridiculous critics...

Hey!!! Don't get mad at Mike's spot because you can't handle the authentics. You want cheap pasta, go to the Olive Garden, and Fanuccis?!?!?!?! Mickey Rourke is that you trying to be a smart guy??? Mike's joint is hands down the best Italian food around, the staff is on their A game and know what they're doing, and know their food. If you want an ignorant staff that will serve you with a smile, grab a burger from the dollar menu at McDonalds, it's only 2 blocks down and you can walk there and save yourself the uber-expensive cab fare of $4. As for the funny guy talking about the pasta being presented in a box, that's from his authentic italian market place next door. The best doesn't come cheap, nor should it. You wouldn't buy a wedding dress at the Salvation Army and if you would, then maybe you should reconsider your priorities and finances before going out to South Beach to eat. Another thing is you wouldn't expect me to come over to your grandma's house for dinner and ask her to switch up the recipe she knows works best, dont expect Mike to do the same. By the way, those are some big meatballs and large plates of food, unless your Chris Farley or John Candy (RIP to both), believe me your going to leave with a full stomach, a large smile, and a phenomenal experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Real Italian American Food and Generous portions

An Italian Restaurant to end all arguments in South Florida. You feel like your at the guy's house eatin his family recipes passed down for generations. The best, take it from a North Jersey Italian-American who has ate at Italian restaurants in North Jersey, Arthur Ave in the Bronx, Brooklyn, All over Manhattan, North End in Boston, etc. This place is phenomenal, and like people have been saying, you can't alter the dish or ask for substitutes, but think about it ....when you go over someone's house do you tell them how to make their homemade lasagna or any other recipes that have been passed down for generations? Of course not. Yes it can be on the expensive side but the portions are huge and when there is no restaurant like this in Miami Beach, they can charge what they want. But the food is so hardy, and soo tasty its well worth every penny. Hey it is South Beach so, no where is cheap, I mean you can spend just as much money for pasta and ketchup at one of those fake Italian restaurant tourist traps on Ocean Drive. Macaluso's is definitely not a tourist trap, it is an Italian American gem in South Beach, also try the Salumeria/deli next door for lunch, owned by the same owner/chef of Macaluso's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Too expensive. $27 spaghetti and meatball not worth it.

The waitstaff is trained to relentlessly badger you to order more food and more ""extras"". Our waitress asked us SIX TIMES if we wanted an appetizer. Each time I said no , and still the waitress insists "" let me order the appetizers for you. When I ordered my meal the waitress said, ""no don't order that, order something special"". Excuse me, but I did not ask for your opinion, just take the damn order..

My dining partner requested a little more red sauce with her pasta when we received the bill they charged us extra $3.00 for the sauce. When I ordered my spaghetti and meatball ($23.00) the waitress asked , ""and would you like ricotta with that"", (sounded like ricotta came with the meal) and when I got the bill was charged $4.00 extra, that's total $27 for this entree. I feel like I was tricked and ripped off.

Instead, dine on homemade pasta at SARDINIA (Alton Rd.) or dine at PIOLA (Alton Rd next movie theater) and order the four cheese gnocchi for $11.00 where the waitstaff is the friendliest in South Beach!

Update June 10, 2008 - My friend just dined at Macaluso's (spaghetti and meatball has increased to $25.00). The waitress offered bread and my friend replied yes. When the bill arrived she was shocked to see a $3.00 charge for bread. Another Macaluso scam! At least TELL your customers beforehand that you will charge for bread.