Miami's Best Pizza: Joey's, Fratelli la Bufala, and Rack's

Categories: Best of Miami
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Lee Klein
Rack's puffy crust makes the grade.
I am not one of those New Yorkers who go on and on about how you can't find a decent slice of pizza in this town, and how the pies they serve here would be banned from the borough of Brooklyn, and how they are so very very disgraceful that they might even be banned from Queens -- and, as I say, on and on. Instead, I simply suffer in silence.

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.

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5. Joey's
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.

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4. Fratelli la Bufala
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.

Location Info

Frankie's Pizza

9118 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Donald Thompson
Donald Thompson

My current favorite SoFla pizza is that from Forno 52 Pizzeria Napoletana.  They serve pizzas that comply with the pizza napoletano verace specifications.  A thin crust made from authentic Italian 00 flour, sauce made from Italian San Marzano tomatos, and mozzarella di bufala.  The toppings on the various pies offered are of equally high quality, and the pies are cooked in a wood-fired oven.  The results are delicious.

dude
dude

Steve pizza is NOT at all good, the sauce is too sweet and everything tastes exactly the same... how is that possible?  Giotto on west is good, crust is light and crispy but their toppings need work. Everything from piola tastes like it comes out of a freezer and sometimes they dont cut their pies to go, wtf? If you can handle the horribly slow service at spris their pie is better than miami average. Pizza bar, while ridiculous in size is the best slice around.

Donald Thompson
Donald Thompson

I agree about Steve's.  The sauce is so sweet that now I know what tomato candy would taste like.

Robertomoreno
Robertomoreno

AS always another or Mr Lee flawed and bias reviews.....

angryman
angryman

I don't usually reply to blogs but i couldn't help andiamo is on the list for best pizza? To put it politely it's garbage! Try primo pizza on 1st and collins, giotto and pizza bar are also very good !!!!!! They quality of primo,giotto,and pizza bar makes andiamo look like taco bell plus the service at andiamo was not got at all.

RagingSurf
RagingSurf

You don't usually reply to blogs and you start off by telling us that because you don't ever realize how pretentious and a-hole stuff like that sounds. To put it politely it's garbage!

Have an average day.

Iriemant
Iriemant

Steves is the best in sofl, Racks is great also. I went to andiamo and never dealt with more rude people in my life. I will never step a foot in that place again! They dont realize that they are in the "hospitality" industry. what clowns! They will self destruct. im sure

Bminifish
Bminifish

How do you put Andiamo on this list. They use dirty car wash water for the secret ingredient, its not even decent. I would avoid at all cost. If the food isnt bad enough the service is.  

Munibondz
Munibondz

steves is by far and away #1, has always been...  F NYC if theres no good pizza here then stay up there!  Moncheese pizza in surfside is a hidden gem.  Dont remember Andiamo ever being any good, they were heavy on attitude light on taste!

Kegmen22
Kegmen22

STEVES IS NOT ON THIS LIST??? WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!

Lee
Lee

To Shellery, Kegmen, and Munibondz,As mentioned in the intro to this post, Steve's is our favorite and won our Best of Miami Best Pizza award in 2011. These are the five we like after Steve's. 

Mmmm Pizza
Mmmm Pizza

Muscle Pizza in Coral Gables has the healthiest pizza! Crust is flax seed, oatmeal, brown sugar, wheat flour deliciousness! Andiamo gets credit a lil pricey though but yum. FOR TAKOUT hands down Primo. New favorite in uniqueness Egyptian Pizza! BEST PIZZA >>> HOMESTEAD's Corrina’s, it's cheap and deeeelish and who'd da thunk u could eat amazing from a gas station. Although I have to admit Homestead gas stations are ALOT cleaner than Miami's!

Shellery
Shellery

c'mon now..... STEVE'S PIZZA!!!

12101 Biscayne BoulevardNorth Miami, FL 33181

What
What

This is a weak list.  If this is just about pizza, and not about pizza joint, Timo makes best pizza around.

Harry's is definitely weak (and WAY overpriced!!!) Volante was better.

asdasf
asdasf

Frankie's best in Miami? Are you serious? Where's Mike's Pizza?

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

Frankies! what a joke! the place has been going down hill for years....

Alex
Alex

Rosinella also makes a good pizza. Better than Andiamo's, IMHO.One thing that's hard to find is a good whole wheat pizza. (Will never be as good as the other dough, but when your significant other is health-obsessed, sometimes you have to compromise.) Best I've had is Piccolo's in North Miami.

I'm not that impressed with Harry's. Liked Pizza Volante better. 

SteveBM
SteveBM

Wow, can't believe there's no mention of Spris.  That's the best pie in Miami if you ask me.  Harry's Pizzeria also deserves mention.  I also have found awesomeness in Sir Pizza's pepperoni & anchovy pizza. 

Lee
Lee

I agree that Spris makes a good pie. Don't know about Sir Pizza, but will check it out. I'll let you know what I think of Harry's in a post next week.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

Don't bother with Sir Pizza....

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