Miami's Ten Best Pizzas
8. Thea Pizzeria
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Allapattah's Thea Pizzeria is a lovely restaurant in an unlikely setting. There's an easy explanation for that: Thea Goldman is an ex-partner of Joey's -- a restaurant that was also a trailblazer in an evolving neighborhood. Although their crusts taste similar, I like Thea's pies better. The artichoke pizza ($13) features pureed artichokes with arugula and grana padano over a thin, blistered crust. Thea's cacio e pepe focaccia -- scattered with copious pecorino -- ($10) is a salty explosion of cheese. They're all solid pies, and a great option for lunch.
Spris Now available in downtown too.
Do you miss Mai Tardi, the outdoor Design District pizzeria that closed last year? Well, Spris also comes from the Graspa Group -- the same folks behind Salumeria 104, Tiramesu, and Soyka. Spris on Lincoln Road bakes round pies with slim crusts. It boasts a crazy variety of Italian-inspired pizzas: traditional, no sauce, no cheese, no gluten, and whole wheat. Some pies are too ambitious -- with chicken breast and thinly sliced beef. Stick to the classics: margherita ($9.75), four cheese ($13), and prosciutto crudo. It's a great excuse to visit one of Miami's few pedestrian-friendly streets.
2506 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL