Miami’s best pizza restaurants

Discover the best pizza Miami has to offer, from classic Italian pies to artisanal thin-crust versions and regional American twists on the theme

Salad pizza at Pizza Rustica

If you’re in the mood for pizza, you’re in luck. An array of great Miami pizza joints and Italian restaurants abounds—whether you want to grab a slice on-the-go at Pizza Rustica in South Beach, or get your wood-oven pizza fix at a chic eatery like Timo.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Critics' pick

This buzzy restaurant is a true star. Decor and menu are classy yet casual, and the service also strikes just the right note. The interior mixes industrial chic—concrete floors, exposed ducts—with warmth (red lamps, flickering candles, modern art and a brick oven glowing from the open kitchen). With an emphasis on local ingredients, the high-end comfort food ticks all the right boxes. Mains change daily but might include a selection of wood-fired pizzas; a whole "poulet rouge" chicken with plumped raisins, toasted pine nuts and rocket; and duck confit with tangerine marmalade and spiced pumpkin seeds. Hedy Goldsmith’s innovative desserts—including bread pudding and weekend pop tarts—are indeed a grand finale.

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Design District

Macchialina

Critics' pick

Rustic and homey, this off-the-beaten-path Italian (from the same folks behind the Pubbelly family of restaurants) is full of locals looking to escape the madness of South Beach. Luckily, they’ve found a place to do it where the laid-back vibe is totally authentic and the food is damn good, too. Antipasti includes a creamy burrata cheese (locally made) served with pickled aubergine. A small pasta menu ticks all the right flavor notes (the short rib lasagna is a customer favorite). Pizza, too, is dependably delicious and well thought out, with fried eggs, meatballs and mushroom fricassée as toppings.

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South Beach

Andiamo

Pizza fans make the out-of-the-way trek to this Upper East Side gem to chow down on gourmet pizza in a former garage (complete with functioning carwash). Brick oven delicacies take their cue from every corner of the country: New England clam, Trenton tomato, South Philly cheese and Hawaiian pineapple are just some of the options.

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Design District

Joey's

A pioneer of the Wynwood Arts District culinary scene, Joey’s boasts a vast menu of classic (and affordable) Italian dishes. But it’s the thin-crust pizza that keeps diners coming back—it was named as one of the country’s best by Food & Wine Magazine. The inventive menu includes the Dolce e Piccante (fig, gorgonzola, honey and hot peppers) and the signature Joey (tuna in olive oil with spicy salami, gorgonzola, capers and spinach). There’s live music to accompany your gorging every Thursday evening and happy hour specials on Fridays.

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Design District

Timo

Chef Tim Andriola made his culinary mark with Timo. It’s a fine Italian restaurant that’s been the subject of much talk among the snowbirds (that’s wintering Yankees and Canadians) since its opening in early 2003. The rustic chic atmosphere is abuzz with noise, thanks to happy eaters enjoying a top-notch menu of dishes such as burrata ravioli with fresh tomato, and any one of Andriola’s wood-oven pizzas. It seats 120 but, even so, good luck getting a reservation.

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Surfside

Pizza Rustica

South Beach’s refuelling pit stop par excellence, Rustica is a tiny, standing-room-only space that’s packed in the early hours with clubbers who come to boost their carbs and sponge up the booze. But the Tuscan-style pizza is good enough to eat sober, with excellent toppings including meatball with sweet red onions, rosemary potato and goat’s cheese, and the classic four cheeses. One slice is a meal.

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South Beach

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