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Where to find the greatest pizza in Miami

Your quest for the best pizza in Miami ends with our 17 picks for the tastiest, cheesiest, fresh-baked pies and slices

By Virginia Gil and Ryan Pfeffer

October 2020: Of all the things 2020 messed with, the best pizza places in Miami, thankfully, wasn’t one of them. Our list of the city’s greatest pies is pretty much just as we left it, save for a couple of additions. Drunk food staples Casola’s and the Big Cheese are new to the ranking because there’s no way we could’ve gotten through the last few months without their jumbo slices (even if we’re eating our late-night meals at home these days). Ready for the best slice of your life? Check out our picks for the best pizza in Miami.

We don’t think we’re being dramatic when we say that everyone in this city wants to know where to find the best pizza in Miami. It’s one of the most beloved foods in the universe, a perfect combination of meat, cheese and dough. And it’s not just quick and easy food. No, on this list you’ll find plenty of people who take their pies seriously—from one of the best restaurants in Miami to an unassuming shack in the back of one of the best bars in Miami. It’s true: pizza is the great uniter. And we hope you agree with us on the picks below.

Best pizza in Miami

LUCALI basil pizza
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1. Lucali

Restaurants Pizza South Beach

Unlike the rest of New York in Miami at any given time, this Sunset Harbour outpost of the famed Brooklyn-based pizza shop is not a snowbird. Find it in Miami year-round. Where most places sell only slices, Lucali is one of the few restaurants to sell NY-style pizza as a big, cheesy pie. Go with friends and order a plain cheese to share. The thin-crust pizza doesn’t need much else, save for extra fresh basil, which you can ask for free of charge.

Woodfired pizza
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2. Stanzione 87

Restaurants Pizza Brickell

This Brickell restaurant sells traditional Neapolitan pizza baked to order in a shiny, wood-fired oven. Purists who love real-deal pizza from Naples, this one’s for you. Stanzione 87, previously certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, ships its ingredients straight from Italy and makes its delicious, hand-pulled mozzarella in-house. Delivery is available but strongly discouraged—pizza boxes are no friend to a freshly baked thin-crust pie.


3. Frankie’s Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Olympia Heights

This family-owned pizza joint has been doling out square-cut pies since 1955. Fans of extra-crispy dough will love Frankie’s half-baked option that lets you finish off your pizza at home. You’ll have to pick it up (the shop still only partners with a handful of third-party delivery services within close range) but you’ll be rewarded with a free slice to go. Yep, every pick-up order comes with a free slice.

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4. Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza

Restaurants Little Haiti / Lemon City

This O.G. of Miami’s brick-oven pizza game is housed in a historical MiMo-era building designed by celebrated modernist architect Robert Law Weed. Andiamo is one of Miami’s most unique pizza restaurants thanks to a mostly outdoor dining area that features picnic tables and projection screens, where flicks and sports games are regularly shown.

Cheesy pizza
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5. Casola's Pizzeria & Sub Shop

Restaurants Italian Shenandoah / Silver Bluff

If we’re being honest, we can’t remember the last time we ordered pizza at Casola’s sober. The late-night sub shop and pizzeria is known for its oversize pies and jumbo slices best enjoyed while sloshed at 2am. It’s a Miami drunk food tradition. Though we’ve had the pizza during regular hours and can report it’s just as good. Before germs were out to get us, people used to crowd the counter for free cheese pizza samples while they waited for their slice to bake. The longer your food was in the oven, the more you got to try. It was a nice perk we’re still nostalgic about.

Pizza Tropical
Photograph: Courtesy Gramps

6. Pizza Tropical at Gramps

Bars Dive bars Wynwood

This tiny pizza window in the back patio at Gramps makes one of the best New York-style pizza in Miami. The best decision you’ll make after too many of Gramps’ famous Moscow Mules is a slice from Pizza Tropical. The second? Ordering it topped with sliced mushrooms (they don’t do the canned kind) and fresh basil. Pizza Tropical is only available for takeout right now but that shouldn’t keep you from taking a fresh-baked slice home.

Crust pizza
Photograph: Courtesy Crust

7. Crust

Restaurants Italian Overtown

This chef-driven Italian spot is owned by Klime Kovaceski and his wife Anita. It’s more than a pizza shop, where you can just as easily feast on a slice of pepperoni, tender meatball the size of your head or a heaping bowl of pasta. When you tire of wispy pies, try this one: Crust’s crust strikes the ideal balance between thin and crispy and soft and doughy. The thicker base (available as a gluten-free alternative) allows for more toppings; build your own from a list or choose a specialty pie like the bbq chicken or meat layered pizza.

Farinelli 1937
Photograph: Courtesy Farinelli 1937

8. Farinelli 1937

Restaurants Pizza West Coconut Grove

This Italian pizzeria in Coconut Grove pays tribute to owner Maurizio Farinelli’s grandmother and her eponymous pizzeria in Bologna. Like most popular restaurants in the neighborhood, Farinelli offers the opportunity to dine outdoors. Take a seat in the shady courtyard and cue up the prosecco, fresh-baked focaccia and any of Farinelli’s signature pizzas—which are cooked in a copper-coated, wood-burning oven that heats up to a fiery 800°F.

Harry's Pizzeria
Photograph: Courtesy The Genuine Hospitality Group

9. Harry’s Pizzeria

Restaurants Pizza Design District

James Beard Award-winning Michael Schwartz’s local pizza chain serves up gourmet-style pies, fresh salads and crave-worthy snacks—from polenta fries and meatballs to chicken wings. Even the standard pepperoni gets the chef treatment at Harry’s, featuring chili oil, fontina and arugula instead of the usual meat-and-mozzarella combo. After the Margherita, your options of toppings run the gamut from rock shrimp to short rib to slow-roasted pork.

Woodfired pies
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10. Ironside Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Little River

Tucked away in Miami’s historic Upper Eastside neighborhood, Ironside Pizza whips up thin-crust, wood-fired pizza and a variety of other classic Italian dishes. The industrial space and indoor/outdoor seating make for a cool vibe. Plus, there’s Ironside’s ever-popular BYOB policy, which the restaurant offers at no extra charge despite having a sizeable wine list of its own.

Steve’s Pizza
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11. Steve’s Pizza

Restaurants Pizza North Miami

One of those places locals go absolutely bonkers over. Steve’s isn’t for everyone but it’s got a fierce cult following. It’s a neighborhood joint and as reliable as they come. Until just about 3am every night, you can bet Steve’s has a thick slice with some generous toppings waiting for you. Because you’re hungry. If you can finish an entire Steve’s Special (ground beef, onion, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni and anchovies) you’re a hero.

12. The Big Cheese

The other University of Miami institution is a casual neighborhood restaurant for big, cheesy pies, very garlicky rolls and heaping bowls of pasta that will most certainly result in gaining the freshman 15. But that’s partly why we love it. It’s been around for decades and neither the decor nor the recipes have changed—it’s still homey and charming and the pies are still just as large and generously topped as you might remember.

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13. Mister-01

Restaurants Pizza Midtown

The classic Margherita from this tiny pizza joint inside a South Beach office building made so much noise it launched Mister-01’s mini-chain of restaurants. Whether it’s from SoBe, Brickell and now Wynwood, which touts pizza-making classes, Mister-01’s Italian pies are all made with imported dough. For an epicurean take on America’s favorite stuffed-crust, try Mister-01 Star Luca—a star-shaped pizza with folded points that are filled with San Marzano sauce, ricotta, Calabrese salami and fresh basil.

Slice of pizza
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14. Miami’s Best Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Coral Gables

Following a multi-year hiatus, the landmark pizza joint—a Miami fixture since 1970—reopened across the street from its original location just next door to the University of Miami. Nostalgia, but also good-tasting cheap pizza. Miami’s Best delivers on its name, serving simple, New York-style slices and oversize hand-tossed pies. In case you’re wondering, the new location uses the same ingredients and features the original oven.

Cuban pizza
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15. Tío Colo

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Hialeah Gardens

No Miami pizza roundup would be complete without a nod to Cuban pizza. Tio Colo’s isn’t the original purveyor but this Hialeah restaurant has perfected the formula—doughy with crispy edges and oozing with mozzarella and Gouda cheese.  Cuban pizza resembles Detroit-style deep dish, made with a dense dough that’s left out to rise and plump longer. The thick crust is the perfect vehicle for picadillo, sweet plantains and other Latin toppings you’d only find on a pie conceived in Havana.

‘O Munaciello Miami
Photograph: Courtesy ‘O Munaciello Miami/Chris Carter

16. ‘O Munaciello Miami

Restaurants Pizza Little Haiti / Lemon City

The Miami outpost of this Florence pizzeria serves up authentic Neapolitan pies, which are made fresh to order and baked crispy in the open kitchen’s large brick oven. ‘O Munaciello is one of the restaurants in the city to offer carbon-style pizza that’s made with a charcoal-infused dough, which supposedly aids in digestion. Slightly charred and packed with flavor, this pizza tastes good and is easier on the stomach than others.

Pizza Rustica, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Pizza Rustica

17. Pizza Rustica

Restaurants South Beach

Small and cramped, Pizza Rustica’s standing-room-only space doesn’t deter hungry night owls from refueling on Tuscan-style pizzas. This spot opens early and stays open late. Square slices of thin crust, deep dish and a smattering of other pizza styles, which you’ll find topped both simply and extravagantly—from meatball to rosemary potato and goat cheese. One slice is a meal. Watching your carbs? Mind your diet with the $8 build-your-own salad, which comes with a generous sample of the slice du jour.

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