I'm a huge traditional NY style pizza fan who has come to the realization that I'm not going to find the NY style Pizza I was raised on in Miami. Nevertheless, there is still good alternative style pizza out there to enjoy.
In my never-ending quest to find great pizza I recently had the opportunity to try Racks and Pizzavolante.
Mozzarella fans should head over to Pizzavolante. They have a mozzarella bar with several options and accompaniments. I tried the mozzarella di bufala from Italy and the burrattatini. Both were excellent but I liked the mozzarella a little more. The organic tomatoes, spinach and zucchini were all fresh and tasty.
The pizza is cooked in a wood burning oven that you can't miss upon entering. I sampled the margherita pizza which I enjoyed. It's thin, light, fresh and tasty. I know, not your typical pizza description but that's exactly right. The sauce wasn't a traditional pizza sauce and sort of reminded me of a vodka sauce. Whatever it was worked.
Pizzavolante will be a winner because of the fresh, high quality ingredients they are using along with the reasonable prices. I'm looking forward to heading back soon and trying more mozzarella, pizza, the accompaniments and inexpensive wine.
3918 N. Miami Ave.
Miami FL 33137
Racks recently opened on the intracoastal in North Miami Beach. They have a sister location in Boca called Coal Mine Pizza. Both feature coal fired pizza and I found it to be similar in style to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza but not as good. The sweet sausage pizza I sampled did not have a crispy crust and the dough was on the soggy side. The cheese and toppings slid right off when I attempted to fold my slice(s) and take a bite. The cheese and sauce were fine but the entire package didn't really work for me. It was on the heavy side. It wasn't bad but not great. If you are looking for good coal oven pizza in the area, I would stick with Anthony's.
Racks Italian Bistro and Market
Intracoastal Mall 163rd St and NE 36th Ave
N. Miami Beach, FL
I've also been back to Spris(Lincoln Road) and Piola (Hallandale Beach location) over the past two weeks and both continue to serve very good thin crust pizza with several interesting options.
To do list includes Pieducks (Miami), Andiamo (Miami), Sosta (Lincoln Road).