While Miami's main claim to culinary fame is our Latin American fare, we're not far behind when it comes to all things pizza. The Magic City is chock full of Italian eateries serving everything from the finest Neapolitan gourmet pizza with ingredients sourced straight out of Europe, to late-night, soak-up-the-booze greasy New York-style slice spots.
Take Vesuvio, for example. A small, hole-in-the-wall, family-owned business that keeps Miami suburban locals happy and fed with excellent, thin crust pizza and mouth-watering garlic rolls.
Or Tutto Pizza Beer House, who have put a highly desirable Brazilian spin on many pizza classics, served up with plenty of craft beer.
And then there are places like Ironside Pizza and Lemoni Pizza, who have heard the call of vegetarian and vegan pizza-eaters and have developed succulent options for all plant-based folks, with some gluten-free options to boot.
Peruse our list and see if your favorites are on it, or discover some new favorites. With pizza, everybody wins.
If giant, greasy, New York-style slices are your cup of tea, welcome! You're in the right place. Primo's, the hole-in-the-wall pizza joint on SoBe's quieter sector (South of Fifth), specializes in getting that NYC flavor into every pie they make. Each pizza is composed of thin and crispy crust topped with flavorful tomato sauce, delectably stringy cheese, and whatever other toppings you may so choose. Pick up a slice on your way to South Point Park, or dine in at this shop that's almost got a dive bar feel to it. There are several tables plus arcade games and an air hockey table, should you feel so inclined. While the pizza isn't as cheap as it would be in New York, it's definitely worth stopping in for, especially after a day (or night) of partying on South Beach. ((305) 535-2555)
Lemoni Cafe Inc
A true hidden gem among local coffee houses, Lemoni Cafe serves up a range of classic panini and creative salads. It's their hot and cold coffee and tea selection, however, that keeps locals and vacationers alike coming back. On the menu, you'll find everything from Cuban cortaditos to macchiatos, iced lattes, and espresso shots. If you're feeling extra indulgent, add a dollop of whipped cream to your brew. Vegans are also welcome to add a little almond milk to their beverage, not to mention enjoy many of the sandwiches and other yummy foods on the menu, which is a blend of French Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the vibrant Design District, Lemoni Cafe's European coffee selection alone is unparalleled in Miami. Drop in for a near perfect cup of coffee and a delightful dessert before or after hitting the town. (305-571-5080)
Fratelli La Bufala Pizzaioli Emigranti
Located on the edge of the SoFi sector of South Beach, Fratelli La Bufala is about as authentic as it gets when it comes to finding Italian cuisine on the beach. Their wood-brick oven keeps patrons happily indulging in delicious pizzas, which are divided by red or white sauce on the menu. On the Pizza Rosse side, you've got combinations like the Monachina (tomato sauce, smoked bufala mozzarella, shaved Parmigiano and bufala mozzarella) and the Capricciosa (Tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, artichoke hearts, fresh mushroom & ham). And as for the Pizza Biancas, you'll find the Vesuviana (Fresh cherry tomato, smoked bufala mozzarella, bufala mozzarella, green olives & anchovies) and the Collinara (Bufala mozzarella, eggs, pancetta & basil). ((305) 532-0700)
Bask in the sun and scope out the foot traffic as you lounge al fresco at casual, affordable Spris, located in the chic Lincoln Road Mall. Impossibly thin-crusted pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven are the draw, topped with broccoli, capers, marinated eggplant, calamari, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, mozzarella and sausage, among other mouth-watering add-ons. Their calzones and paninis are reliably hearty as well. Although creative salads appeal to vigilant figure-watchers (and include inspired combinations like the Dello Chef with romaine, tomatoes, shrimp, corn, avocado, pink sauce), their tiramisu alone is worthy of a little diet digression. Spris is also known to have one killer happy hour, so make sure to check it out. (305-673-2020)
Two Brothers Pizzeria
Two Brothers pizzeria has fed the folks of Kendall truly impressive pizza for well over a decade. The small Italian joint has been there since before Town & Country underwent its renovation and became the Palms, and managed to survive thanks to their commitment to darn good food. They conveniently sell pizzas both by the slice or by the pie, with traditional cheese and pepperoni slices being their biggest sellers for those stopping in for a bite while shopping. But for those looking for something a little extra, we recommend opting for one of their gourmet pizzas, like the Gypsy or the Napoli. (305-595-7559)
Tutto Pizza Beer House
Tutto Pizza Beer House, which added on the craft brewing concept in 2012, offers up innovative and delicious high-quality, Brazilian-style pizzas with more than affordable prices. Locals love to settle in at side walk tables and sample appetizers of freshly sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil while they wait for one-of-a-kind entrees like Pizza al Catupiry (Brazilian cheese) or the Special Salad with buffalo mozzarella. The pizzas are crisped in a 700 degree oven, which gives the crust a special crunch that you just can't get elsewhere. For those uninterested in the pies, burger paninis are a terrifc take on the whole burger craze. Meanwhile, the Latin American beer list includes brews from Costa Rica, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and, of course, Brazil. The desserts here beautifully round out an exceptional dining experience, with interesting options like chocolate and banana pizza as well as some of the best tiramisu around. (305-858-0909)
The legendary Frankie's pizza has been a staple in Miami since 1955. The old-school pizza joint is located on Bird Road, right across the street from Bird Bowl, and serves a delicious and unique pie to its customers. Their signature square pizzas feature a soft, fluffy crust and a thin layer of sweet tomato sauce, and can be topped with any number of toppings, including fresh basil, salami, chopped garlic, beef, jalapenos, green peppers, anchovies, and those tiny button-sized pepperonis folks can't seem to get enough of. It may not be gourmet fare from South Beach, but Frankie's is a favorite of Miami locals and needs to be on everyone's must-try list. (305-221-0221)
Arguably one of the best pizza places in all of Miami, Andiamo Pizza serves brick oven deliciousness from inside a converted 1954 Robert Law Weed building right off US-1 between Midtown and MiMo. Pies here get creative but are always delicious, from the Bella Bambina (Pancetta, Caramelized Onions, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Smoked Gouda) to the Ratatouille (Eggplant, Zucchini, Roasted Peppers, Portobello, Caramelized Onions, Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella). Also on the menu? Fresh salads, scrumptious paninis, and delectable desserts like Tartufo (Truffle Ice Cream), plus New York's Boylan's Soda for the NYC transplants living in the neighborhood, and an excellent wine and beer selection. (305-762-5751)
Nestled in the heart of Kendall is one of the best slices of pizza in all of Miami. Best, that is, if you enjoy a flavorful, New York-style pie, that's extra cheesy and a little saucy. Vesuvio's opened in the mid-2000s and folks in the area haven't stopped singing its praises since. It's a hole-in-the-wall joint with little indoor seating, but there are a few benches on the outside making it a nice lunch spot. They're mainly a pizza place, but their sandwiches and salads are also noteworthy. If you're a garlic fan, don't leave without indulging in some of their extra-garlic-y rolls (you can even ask for extra garlic on the side if you're feeling bold). Prices are modest for the quality of the pizza, and they sell cannolis for dessert (which you can enjoy with some ice cream from the Carvel next door). (305-385-4441)
You know when you're trying to pick a place to eat, but you're with a few different friends and they've all got their own tastes and dietary needs? What if I told you there's a pizza place that makes it so you can ALL go and eat together without worrying that some of you will end up only with side orders? The place is Ironside Pizza and it's one of Miami's best kept secrets. Ironside has a number of pizzas, calzones, and salads to choose from. You can get anything from a traditional margherita pizza to a gluten-free pie. And then what about your vegan friends? They'll be happy to find vegan cheese on the menu! Ironside uses the freshest ingredients for all their wood-oven fired pizzas. The service is great. The ambiance, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is second to none. ((305) 531-5055)
About Priscilla Blossom
Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.
She spent the bulk of the past decade taking trips on a whim, falling in love with and in such places as New York City, New Orleans, and a large portion of Nicaragua.
In 2011, she took off on her own and traveled around the U.S. via bus, bunking with strangers thanks to the power of CouchSurfing. She is currently writing a novel about this.
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