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“Market side for lunch”
Review of Macaluso's & Co.

Macaluso's & Co.
Ranked #477 of 1,142 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: US$9 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner
Description: The Only restaurant in South Florida that serves authentic home cooked Italian-American food. Family recipes, three generations old from Staten Island, New York.
Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

This place has great meatballs. We prefer the lunch time at the market next door to the Resturant. Downsized menu but has many of the popular items on the lunch menu. I have never eaten in the Resturant side so I don't know how to compare Again it's good for us and lunch time.

Thank Partyof07
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We arrived around 7pm, and there were a few tables inside. As we waited for our appetizer (delicious meatballs and Malcaluso salad) a few more people came in. It seemed like they were regulars because they seemed to know one another. You can always tell a place is good when the locals eat there!
After our appetizer we each had an entree which consisted of Veal Parm, Chicken Parm, Handmade Cheese Ravioli and their lobster pasta special. Everything was delicious.
We chose this restaurant because of a family recommendation, but above all the Facebook photos of the SPOTLESS kitchen really sold the place. (As well as the other stellar recommendations). Job well done. We had a great time. Our server Dennis was great as well. Thanks for a great meal! It really felt like home where we operate our own Italian restaurant in Virginia. We will be back with the whole family next time!

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Thank Jenn S
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Hadn't been back for 5 years when at that time we found the owner very arrogant and unwilling to accommodate change from menu items.
Different story now. Owner not in the restaurant, probably in the kitchen where he should stay.
Food and service very good. We will go back.

Thank Richard K
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

I love Macaluso's.

Most of the reviews about Macaluso's don't understand what is going on there. It is not a "restaurant", it is like going home for a meal made with love by your Grandma and Mom. The recipes Michael, the owner, cooks from were passed down through his family. This is why alterations aren't accepted. Would you ever go to your Grandma's and tell her how to cook a meal? Of course not. That is why Macaluso's has something that most "restaurants" do not have - Integrity.

The food is made with soul and with love. The ingredients are all top notch. The best olive oil, the best cheeses, the best tomatoes and of course the best meatballs. This is why some people consider the prices high. The prices are actually a great value when one looks at the portion sizes and the quality of the ingredients.

My advice, visit the Macluso Market for lunch. Browse the ingredients. Try a pizza or a salad. Talk to the staff about Macaluso's and what it is all about. This is a special place and while some people don't understand it - many do, and come back week after week. Just please don't embarrass yourself by trying to challenge what makes this place special. There is no way to put salad dressing on the side. Its a real salad that is tossed with the ingredients that make the dressing - there is no "dressing" that is just poured on. Talk to your server about the menu. If cost is concern, ask about the prices. This is an authentic experience and one that is worth the cost. GIve it a try - approach with an open mind. If not, you are just missing out!!

Here's to another 10+ years for Macaluso's!!


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Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is one of my top two favorite resturants! I just came back from Italy and thought that It would kill my love for this resturant but its so far from the truth macaluso has some of the best Italian food in my opinion. The Meatballs are just beyond amazing plus they aren't made without pork (most meatballs are made with pork and I don't eat pork) you must just try one I promise you won't regret it. I usually get the chicken Parmesan and the pasta and you can lick the sause off the plate it's all delicious, they also have a great selection of wine. And you need to finish off with a cannoli. They are like everything in the resturant just amazing! And for half of the people complaining about the menu the wait staff is helpful we have had them repeat the menu a few times and when you make a few good dishes why would you ever want to change the menu. It's true they don't have as many "choices" as some other resturants but this is a place you go for the AMAZING food and not the choices. If you want nasty fake Italian food with many choices go to Lincoln Road but for great delicious out of this world Italian come here and after a few times they will get to know you and are much nicer. Like at most resturants, enjoy this place I know your tummy will love it!

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1  Thank StefAlper13
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