I have a list of places I am wanting to try, but I have no idea how they'll compare with the other Italian restaurants in our city. Zagat was a good start, but I don't want to entirely rely on Zagat. I also listed some Italian restaurants that I have already tried, for reference and also for comparison.
Numbers in parenthesis are Zagat's ratings in 2006 (I don't have the 2007 version yet). I've kept out restaurants rated below 20, but I've kept in restaurants that have not been ranked. I've also tried to keep out pizza places that doesn't serve many variety of Italian pasta dishes.
Italian in Miami Beach:
Hosteria Romana (20)
Osteria del Teatro (26)
Cafe Prima Pasta (21)
Tuscan Steak (24)
Cafe Ragazzi (25)
Cafe Avanti (20)
Casa Tua (24)
And in the rest of Miami I'm curious about:
Cafe Abbracci (25)
Casa Toscana (20)
Bice Ristorante (21)
Cafe Da Vinci (21)
Via Quadronno (24)
Peppy's in the Gables (20)
La Gastronomia (22)
Randazzo's Little Italy (22)
Romeo's Cafe (27)
Cafe Vialetto (24)
La Loggia (21)
Trattoria Sole (20)
Trattoria Luna (21)
Bella Luna (22)
Big Cheese (20)
Gil's Capa Bistro (22)
Bruschetta & Co. (However, this restaurant looks a little too chain-y, if you asked me)
Pasta Factory (Though, I must say, I don't really trust this establishment)
Places I've tried, mostly in Miami:
Anacapri (21) - Miami's "Olive Garden" chain but better.
Rosinella's (21) - Ditto, but cheaper. Look above.
Chocolate (23) - Chocolate ravioli was interesting & good - not the best ravioli I've had though. I give points for creativity though. The chocolate salad could be a lot better.
Tutto Pasta (23) - Good pasta
Perricone's (20) - I never was really impressed by this place but I love the little market, ambience, and once in a while, a dish would taste really good.
Basilico (24) - Good pasta
Portobello - I liked the pasta dishes and tiramesu here, but carpaccio and non-pasta dishes could be better. Risotto is good, but one time I thought it was barely undercooked.
Panna Cafe - I came here for the dessert, so no official opinion other than "good dessert in the glass display case"
Soya & Pomodoro - This one is probably the worst I've had so far in Miami-Dade - very bland, canned tasting, and unoriginal. The only plus about this one is the building it's in.
But the worst in South Florida, in my opinion, actually was the worst Italian I've had in my life, unfortunately - at Zuccarelli's in Margate.