Friday, December 25, 2009

Pizza Pizza Update

I've had the opportunity to return to three fairly new pizza spots over the past two weeks, Racks, Pizzavolante and Sosta.  I tried two pies at each location with one being the basic cheese/sauce (margherita) combo.  My second pie at Sosta was the siciliana - tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, capers, black olives & basil.  Fantastic.  My second pie at Racks was the secchi - sopressata, provolone, fiore di latte  and goat cheese, very good.  My last pie at Volante was the cacciatorini - italian tomato, local mozzarella, grana California pepperoni, and guanciale, outstanding.

All three spots continue to serve very good to great pizza and it's almost impossible to select a favorite out of the three.  The overall taste/flavor of Sosta really reminds me of the pies I grew up on in NY but with a thinner crust.  My only knock on Sosta is that too many options include ham.  If you aren't in the mood for ham, your choices become limited.  Volante always delivers a tasty pie.  Only knock is the inconsistency of the crust.  Some are charred less than others.  The only real issue with Racks is the limited non white pie (I dislike those) options. (4 ala volante)

Again, it's impossible and unnecessary to select a definitive winner out of the three.  All are serving good to great pies and I would recommend visiting each one.  Sosta is underrated and I would call this a draw between Sosta and Volante.

Sosta
1025 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 722-5454
www.sostapizzeria.com/

Sosta Pizzeria on Urbanspoon


Pizzavolante
3918 N. Miami Ave.
Miami FL 33137
305.573.5325
Pizzavolante on Urbanspoon


Racks Italian Bistro and Market
Intracoastal Mall 163rd St and NE 36th Ave
N. Miami Beach, FL
305-917-7225
www.GRRestaurant.com
Racks Italian Bistro on Urbanspoon


5 comments:

Frodnesor said...

Sosta had a weak showing during our pizza crawl but several other people have had much better experiences. Seems I'll have to give it another shot.

The Chowfather said...

I knew the crawlers didn't like it but I didn't realize it did so well in your poll.

Sitting outside on Lincoln Road with a great pie is perfect this time of year

SteveBM said...

Yeah, I guess I need to try Sosta again. I wasn't a fan during the crawl at all but maybe it was a bad night or something?

Jessica said...

have u guys tried ECCO downtown? that place is amazing! what makes a great pizza? it's all in the dough and the water.. They use kangen water filtration system that makes the dough taste amazing! plus homemade tiramisu and awesome martini's ! check it out.. it's my favorite REAL italian pizza joint and i'm from philly so i'm a little picky...

ECCO PIZZATECA
down the block from GUSMAN theatre

The Chowfather said...

Interesting. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the tip