If you’re in the mood for a slice, you’re in luck. The best pizza in Miami is easier to come by than ever—whether from a window in Wynwood, at an Italian restaurant in downtown Miami or a New York-style joint in South Beach. Delicious pies are in abundance but, thankfully, so are Miami’s best gyms, lest you forget it’s beach season year-round.
Best pizza in Miami
The Sunset Harbour outpost of Lucali, the famed Brooklyn-based pizza shop and wine bar, is perpetually slammed. Neither the limited menu—pizza, salad, two desserts and not much else—nor the higher-than-usual prices for a pie ($24 for plain cheese) deter crowds from stopping in daily. To understand why no one can resist Lucali in all its costly and crowded splendor, simply dig in to a slice of the traditional pizza (which you can sprinkle with free fresh basil), the kale Caesar (the best around) and the warm Nutella dessert pizza (sprinkled with powdered sugar, no less).
This family-owned pizza joint has been doling out handmade pies since 1955. Frankie's charm lies in its retro shop and square-shaped slices. When everyone is stuffing their crusts and piling their pizzas with gourmet ingredients, Frankie's keeps it simple with traditional toppings (think pepperoni and mushrooms) and a crispy crust that's neither thin nor doughy. Die-hard fans of the Westchester spot will order the pies half-baked to ensure they're just as crispy at home as they are when you bite into your bonus slice in the parking lot—yes, every pizza comes with an extra slice to eat on your way home.
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.
Run by chef Klime Kovaceski and his wife Anita, Crust is more than a pizza shop—though you can never go wrong with one of its specialty pies. Sizes are generous (let's just say the small isn't exactly a personal pie) and so are toppings like prosciutto and fresh veggies, which are piled high. And no skimping on the truffle oil either. If you're the type who tosses the crust, you won't at Crust, where pizzas strike the perfect balance between doughy and crispy. Plus, you can order it gluten-free and trust that it tastes just as incredible as the regular kind. The casual restaurant, located along the Miami River, also whips up traditional Italian cuisine.
This authentic Italian pizzeria pays tribute to owner Maurizio Farinelli's grandmother and her eponymous pizzeria in Bologna. Pies here are light and crispy and topped generously with fresh veggies and all sorts of cured meats. Service can be slow on the patio but we like to think it's intentional. The longer it takes for your food to arrive, the more time you have to enjoy the beautiful weather and people watch. Flowing prosecco and doubling on orders of the airy focaccia and olive oil starter also helps when you're hangry.
Take Miami's ubiquitous cafecito windows and replace the coffee with gooey slices of Brooklyn-style pizza and you've got Pizza Tropical, Gramps Bar's new walk-up pizza service. The Latin-themed pies range from a classic Abuelita's Square Pie with homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil to the inventive Hawaiiana topped with diced pepperoni and pineapple three ways—chargrilled, caramelized and diced. Love a good mushroom slice? Pizza Tropical's tops theirs with real 'shrooms (not the canned kind) and ribbons of fresh basil (yum!). The beauty of being adjacent to a bar is the specials: chase your beer with a shot and a slice for just $10.
Giovanni Di Palma's Atlanta pizzeria is known for its long lines and even longer list of celebrity fans (Usher texts Di Palma whenever he's in town), but at this South Beach offshoot, the buzz is really all about the pizza. The New York-bred pizzaiolo specializes in Neopolitan pies—such as the award-winning San Gennaro that's loaded with sweet peppers, sausage and fresh tomato sauce—which he's able to expedite thank to a fast-cooking oven. For groups, Antico offers the perfect meal: a 10-meter pie dubbed the Lungo, which requires two-pies' worth of dough to create and easily feeds eight. Guests who order the $100 special get a bucket of eight Peronis on ice to enjoy. Antico Pizza is part of Centro Storico, Di Palma's own Little Italy that also houses a chicken restaurant (Gio's Chicken) and a coffee and dessert cafe (Cafe Gio).
Harry’s Pizzeria is on the west side of the Design District, just a few blocks from chef/owner Michael Schwartz’s two other acclaimed restaurants, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Cypress Tavern. At Harry’s, a casual spot with a wood-burning oven, the thin-crust pizzas are made using fresh dough and wheat flours (though a gluten-free option is also available). Go to town on the rock shrimp pizza with grilled lemon, buttery Manchego, scallions and ribbons of cilantro. The meatballs are a must-order side, along with the polenta fries with spicy ketchup. Look out for daily specials listed on the chalkboard menu, featuring seasonal pies and a range of entrees. A second Harry's Pizzeria is now open in Coconut Grove.
Tucked away in Miami’s historic Upper Eastside neighborhood, Ironside Pizza whips up traditional Neapolitan pies and a variety of other classic Italian dishes. Cooked in a wood-fire oven, pizza at Ironisde is doused in San Marzano tomato sauce, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and garnished with Italian staples such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, basil and black olives. There’s gluten-free and vegan varieties too, as well as pastas, calzones and salads. Owned by the folks at Toscana Divino in Mary Brickell Village, Ironisde Pizza marks the first expansion for the TD Hospitality Group.
This tiny pizza joint has made considerable noise despite being tucked away inside a commercial building off Lincoln Road. Inconspicuous or not, patrons who have sleuthed around enough to find it haven’t stopped raving about chef Renato Viola’s fresh pies, with dough made from flour his family ships directly from Italy. The pies, and Viola’s popular Star Luca—a star-shaped pizza with folded points that are filled with San Marzano sauce, ricotta, Calabrese salami and fresh basil—are front and center at the restaurant’s Brickell location.