Thursday, June 23, 2011
Kings County Pizza (North Miami Beach)
I'm probably a bigger fan of pizza than burgers. Unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of places in South Florida serving great NY style pizza so I eat less of it. I'm not claiming to be an expert on pizza nor do I contend that everything in NY is better. That said, I grew up in a city in New York that was inundated with pizzerias (and Chinese restaurants..) and was fortunate to eat my fair share of really great pizza.
As I've previously advised, my favorite NY style slice is being served at Mauro's Pizza on Hollywood Blvd. in downtown, Hollywood. They do everything the right way from the crust to the dough to the cheese and sauce. The slice is also huge which is an added bonus. I've tried a ton of spots down here from Boca to South Miami over the years and nothing has compared until recently.
Kings County Pizza is sort of hidden in a small strip mall on the west side of West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach (a couple of blocks South of Miami Gardens Drive). It's a tiny place with almost no indoor seating. They opened a few months ago and the owner/pizza maker worked at the famous Long Island spot, Umberto's. They have several pizza options including sicilian and grandma style pies along with some wings, heroes and pasta dishes.
They clearly no their way around the pizza oven. Their Pizza has a perfectly crisp crust, a nice chewy and tasty dough and a perfect sauce to cheese ratio. For some reason, I find that most places down here tend to under sauce their pies. If I wanted a white pizza (which I hate and don't really understand) I would order one. It should be noted that the sauce is more spice (oregano not heat) than sweet if that matters to you. I did notice that the tip didn't point down and there wasn't any oil dripping off which I personally like to see but not imperative. On a side note, the salt and pepper wings were terrific as was the grandma's pie.
I'm not sure I'm ready to crown Kings County #1 in South Florida ahead of Mauro's just yet but it is very good. Check it out.
***edited to add that I recently tried the baked ziti and it was fantastic. It could be better than the pizza...
18228 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33160 -
Open Tue-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 3pm-9pm