Best pizza restaurants in Miami
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.