The top 19 pizzas in Miami, according to us.Less
We have never had a more perfect slice of pizza than the ones served at Miami Slice, a counter-seating spot on the northern edge of Downtown. And this is probably why there's often an hours-long wait to eat at the tiny little slice shop. The five or six New York-style slices you’ll find here have a crust that’s crispy edge-to-edge, yet still warm and fluffy when you bite into it. Our favorite is a pepperoni slice with red sauce, hot honey, and a glob of additional stracciatella.
Inside an office building just off Lincoln Road is Mister 01, a tiny spot serving pizzas that sound (and sometimes look) a bit strange. The crust is thin—but not too thin. But it’s the odd yet delicious toppings that make us love Mister 01 so much. The coffee paolo has mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey, coffee, and spicy salami—and it sent us into a temporary state of confusion before winning us over. We still like the South Beach location best.
Eleventh Street Pizza is a great New York-style pizza spot in Downtown. The pizzas are foldable yet firm, and made with sourdough crust. Our favorite is the pepperoni and hot honey pizza, which comes topped with Calabrian chili paste, caramelized onions, and little pepperoni cups. The nerano (roasted zucchini, garlic, pistachio, and stracciatella) is also wonderful, and so is the Sicilian square slice, which is actually more like four slices worth of pizza.
On Sunday (and Sunday only), you can find the greatest thin-crust pie in Miami at Over Under. That’s when the Downtown bar and restaurant cosplays as an Italian restaurant, red checkered tablecloths and all, for their weekly pop-up: Fratesi's Pizza. There are around four bar pies on the menu, and they are as thin and crispy as the laws of pizza physics will allow. You could probably fit a slice in an ATM. Our favorite is the Demon Pig Boy.
Despite its wood fired oven and two rotating pizza options, Walrus Rodeo is not a pizzeria (it actually says so on their website, business cards, and matchbooks). But that doesn't change the fact that the pizzas made at this wonderfully weird Buena Vista restaurant are delicious. The rodeo za is usually on the menu and you should absolutely order it. The white pickled anchovies on top are more vinegary than salty. The pizza is sliced into six pieces and brushed with maple butter.
If you are a bit tired of fussy pizzas that cost almost $50 per pie, take a trip to Miami's Best. This Coral Gables staple makes what we call Ninja Turtle pizza—the kind where the cheese never disconnects from the slice and dangles from your teeth. This is one of the cheesiest pies in Miami, hands down. They’ve also been around “since 1970”—in fact, that’s their free WiFi password. This shop makes every pizza to order, so the move here is to call it in and eat it there.
Lucali is a place with a very big reputation thanks to its original location in Brooklyn, where people spend an entire day waiting for a table. The wait for the South Beach location is considerably less miserable, but the pizza is still incredible. They serve only one size pie here—which should be plenty for two—and it tastes like a thin-crust pizza and a classic New York slice had a baby, and then that baby got its master’s degree in tasting good.
A bottle of wine and a pizza from Stanzione is like winning $100 on a scratch-off or finding out the kid who used to bully you in high school got attacked by a swarm of bees—it will always make our day better, no matter how bad it’s been. This is mostly because the simple Italian restaurant in Brickell serves a selection of red and white pizza with perfectly blistered crust and soft dough that never gets soggy. If you want something a little heavy, try the carbonara pizza.
Paradis is a North Miami wine bar and bakery that we really love. And we’ll never be able to come here without ordering a slice of pizza. It’s really unlike any slice in Miami thanks to a delicious light brown crust that tastes like whole wheat dough that just got back from a delightful vacation with a loaf of sourdough. Options rotate a lot here. They sell by the slice too, so you can try a few different options.
This Allapattah pizza spot serves Miami's best Roman-style pizza. It’s a very small place that’s easy to miss while driving by. There are just a handful of pizzas to choose from. You can't go wrong with anything on the counter, but we really like the amatriciana and the funghetto. The ingredients are top quality—real pancetta, buttery olive oil, imported Italian tomatoes, and super creamy mozzarella. The dough is light and fluffy, yet still crisp.