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7 Spots Where The Locals Eat In South Miami Beach (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/09/2012 6:00 am

Ah, the glitz and glamour of Miami Beach: The celebrities! The clubs! The hype! Yet in an oh-so fabulous town it's often hard to separate the glam from the good.

If you don't have the budget for The Villa by Barton G., located in Gianni Versace's former Ocean Drive mansion (and where mojitos costs $20 a pop), you might want to check out these places where the locals go. They're tasty, affordable and blissfully glitterati-free.

Insider tip: Many restaurants in SoBe add a 15% or more gratuity to the bill, so make sure you look before paying.

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A little off the beaten tourist-path, south of 5th Street, this small gem is where residents (and tourists in-the-know) head for great Italian food. Don't miss the Penne dell'Appennino, a mix of wild mushrooms with a touch of truffle oil, and the thin, crispy crust pizzas. The charming man with the thousand-watt smile darting between the tables is one of the owners, Francesco Cavaletti.

La Locanada, 413 Washington Ave.

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