Five Best Pasta Dishes in Miami for Under $20

Scarpetta's spaghetti is great, but it costs $24.

Sometimes you just want a big bowl of pasta, preferably the kind with cream or butter in the sauce along with some form of pig meat. You don't like sitting by the pool or beach all that much anyway.

In an image- and health-obsessed world, rich pasta seems to have gone out of fashion. Backers of Italian eateries need not worry, however, because it's still being consumed with gusto. Except now everyone says, "I shouldn't," wincing a bit, before they roll up another forkful of fettuccine against an oversize spoon.

A well-made bowl of pasta can be a complex or simple affair. Either is fine, as long as it falls under $20. We went on a coma-inducing, waist-stretching odyssey to find five of the best.

Zachary Fagenson

Fratelli Milano is a well-loved lunch spot for downtown Miami professionals. Its homemade pastas include chicken agnolotti, spinach-infused tagliatelle that's bright green, and an unassuming cheese tortellini ($14.95). The tortellini pasta came slightly overcooked but was served in a cream sauce neither too heavy nor light. Diced out-of-place but nonetheless smoky ham and shelled peas added substance to the dish.

Location Info

Salumeria 104

3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Macchialina Taverna Rustica

820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tutto Pasta

1753 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Fresco California Bistro

1744 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Ristorante Fratelli Milano

213 SE 1st St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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