Pizzarium in Downtown: Almost Like the Pizzarium in Rome

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All photos by Emily Codik
Pizzarium in downtown: pizza al taglio, Roman-style

In Rome, in the Prati neighborhood located a short walk from the Vatican, there is a pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) joint named Pizzarium. The restaurant is tiny, there are no chairs, and there is a ridiculously long line at lunchtime. There are craft beers and a choice of fritti -- all things fried. Quadrilateral pies are prebaked and topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and cheeses. Slices are cut with scissors. Some are scattered with whole basil leaves; others are smothered in untraditional sauces such as hummus and potato paste. They are all excellent pies.

Pizzarium is owned by Gabriele Bonci, one of Rome's most famed pizza-makers. His slow-rise doughs and ingredient-centered pies have garnered quite the following in Italy and beyond.

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- Lucali in SoBe: Miami's Best Pizza
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In downtown Miami, just a short walk from Miami Dade College, there is a pizza joint also named Pizzarium. Pies are precut, prebaked, and sold in three sizes: taster slice, slice, or tray. There are arancini (risotto croquettes) on the menu.

When I asked co-owner Massimiliano Saieva whether Pizzarium in downtown and Pizzarium in Rome were related, he explained they are not. Saieva did not apprentice under Bonci, who has mentored a slew of pizza-makers around the globe. Instead, he was a student of Federico del Moro at Pizzeria La Coccinella in Italy's capital. Still, downtown's Pizzarium mirrors Rome's in many ways.

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Pizzarium in Prati in Rome

But that's not why I was at Pizzarium.

Recently, Short Order visited Lucali, the South Beach outpost of an acclaimed Brooklyn pizzeria. Since opening a few weeks ago, Lucali has earned a reputation as the best pizza in town. Lucali is not Roman- or Neapolitan-style pizza, though. It proffers a unique style of New York pie that was developed by pizza-maker Mark Iacono: baked to-order, blistered, thin crusts; fresh and aged cheeses; a secret tomato sauce, and patron's choice of fresh toppings. The 20-inch pies start at $26. Toppings are extra.

Shortly after Short Order's story on Lucali, a reader suggested that the SoBe joint does not bake the best pie in town and that Pizzarium makes a superior slice.

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69 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Hi Emily, thank you so much for coming to Downtown and trying our pizza. I hope next time you'll have more time to sit down and have another slice and maybe talk about pizza!

The reasons why I wrote on your article are because one of your readers wrote that " only an idiot would dare open another pizza joint in Miami " referring to another pizza spot and I believe that it is very offensive to publicize something like that, there being people like myself dedicating most of their lifes to better our products. Another point that I would like to mention would be that in your article it was said that a pizza joint at south beach was miamis best! It would be good to make it clear that there are different styles of pizza. In these styles, the round pizza which comes from Napoli, is considered the original style of pizza. Then we have, in these types, Round Roman style pizza and Pizza in teglia alla romana and that is why neither can be generalized as the best type of pizza. These three would be the orginal styles of pizza before NY style pizza, Chicago style pizza etc. As I already mentioned, in all occasions that I could, il grande Maestro Gabriele Bonci has nothing to do with this Pizzarium. I was fortunate enough to have two great mentors like Angelo Iezzi and Federico Del Moro which I am sure you know who they are. Hoping that I haven't offended anybody, I conclude this by thanking you again for your time.


Probably important to note that the "reader" who commented on the Lucali piece about Pizzarium having better pizza was none other than Pizzarium's owner himself.

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