Miami's Best Pizza: Joey's, Fratelli la Bufala, and Rack's
|Rack's puffy crust makes the grade.|
That's not to say there aren't many good pizzas to be found; there just aren't any great pizzas. Who cares? New York has better pizza and smellier streets. Life is a trade-off, and much too short to worry about such matters. Let's enjoy what we have, which are five fine places to indulge in tasty pizza -- plus at our favorite, Steve's Pizza, Best Pizza winner of Best of Miami 2011.
Pizzas pulled from a brick hearth in the quaint 70-seater boast thin, crackly crust with flavorful tomato sauce and mozzarella cheeses proportioned just right -- a quietly enjoyable pie. A louder thrill comes via the pie topped with figs, gorgonzola, honey, and red pepper flakes. Chef Ivo Mazzon is from Veneto, so no surprise he knows how to make a fine pie. Best Inexpensive Italian Restaurant in 2009.
Since opening on South Beach in 2004, Fratelli has developed a loyal local following buttressed by tourists who spot the place on the busy intersection of Fifth Street and Washington Avenue. Mozzarella di bufala is, as the name suggests, the melting cheese of choice, and that's as good a base cheese as you'll find. Crusts are thin but pliable, and lightly charred, red sauce has a deep tomato flavor, and with the bufala cheese and fresh basil you've got a faultless margherita pie. Want to get fancy shmancy? There are sixteen fetching garnishes to consider.