New York and Chicago aren’t the only cities that can claim amazing pizza. In Miami, we have a handful of hidden gems that will give you that cheat-day fix you’ve been craving. Whether it’s date night or a late-night meal, these five spots easily take home the prize for Miami’s best pizza, with menu standouts ranging from the classic cheese slice, to more inventive and sweet offerings like the nutella pizza. Here’s a look at Miami’s best in the pizza biz:
This spot brings Brooklyn to Miami with its high-end New York-style pizzas, located in the posh Sunset Harbour area. Inside the homey spot, the famed restaurant serves up a selection of delectable dishes including the signature parmesan-encrusted artichokes, the kale caesar salad and the beef meatballs. But obviously, the star of the show is the pizza. Top three crowd-favorites include the Pepperoni Pizza, Truffle Pizza and the sweet Nutella Pizza.
2 Joey's Italian Cafe
Joey's was one of the first leaders to truly revolutionize Wynwood into what it is today. The fine dining Italian restaurant was one of the first draws to the hip and vibrant neighborhood of Miami, serving up authentic Italian dishes. But the crowd favorite of Joey's will always be its pizza, known for its signature thin-crust pies. While it's hard to pick the best as they're all worthy of five stars, some of the standouts include the Dolce e Piccante pie, a sweet and spicy combination of figs, gorgonzola cheese, honey and hot Peppers as well as "The Joey" aptly named after the restaurant and its owner Joey Goldman, made with pomodoro, mozzarella, portobello mushrooms, shallots & oregano.
3 Visa-01 / Mister 01
What started as a 10-seat, mom & pop shop has now expanded into a chain of Miami's best and most inventive pizzas. At the location's original South Beach location, hidden in a tiny shop within a building on Michigan Ave., only the most local knew where to find the signature star-shaped pizza that has recently been popping up all over your Instagram feed. With the recent expansion to Mary Brickell Village and soon-to-be Wynwood, Visa-01 (now known as Mister 01 due to a lawsuit name change) is proving to Miami that they are the big guys in the pizza biz. To taste some of their best, must-try pizzas include the Star Luca and the cold-cheese, truffle-oiled Claudio. And for dessert, without question, the nutella and banana calzone.
4 Pizza Bar
If you haven't ended your night biting into one of this joint's signature XL pizza slices, you're doing something wrong. Open all day and even late night until 5 a.m., Pizza Bar is one of Miami's famed pizza spots proving #sizedoesmatter. Whether you're catering a pool party, hosting a watch party or simply ending a late night in South Beach and you've got pizza on the mind, the rock 'n roll-themed pizza spot is the perfect go-to to get that fix. With more than 30 different specialty pizzas designed by Menin Hospitality Culinary Director, Chef Bernie Matz, Pizza Bar has something for everyone, but you definitely can't go wrong with the OG cheese slice.
5 Harry's Pizzeria
Chef Michael Schwartz brings gourmet pizza to Miami with his Harry's Pizzeria restaurants, located in the Miami Design District and Coconut Grove. The chef shows his culinary expertise by whipping up some creative, thin-crust savory pizzas, departing from the traditional, and sometimes basic, cheese or margherita slices (although you can still get them there, and they are great). The quaint atmosphere of the restaurant is the perfect setting for the comfort food served, including favorites such as the meatball pie, made with peppers & onions, escarole and trugole, as well as the mouth-watering short rib pie, made with gruyere, caramelized onion, arugula. Or if you're a vegetarian, try the popular kale pie, with caramelized onion, chili flake, fontina, parmigiano.