It's time to update my list of the best pizza in South Florida.
As many of my readers know, I am a huge pizza fan who grew up in NY. Thus, I love traditional NY style slices. I'm also a huge fan of the thin pies coming out of the coal and wood fired ovens all over South Florida.
**When I refer to dough, I am talking about the portion under the cheese and sauce. "crust" to me is the edge of the dough that you fold. I believe that is technically referred to as cornicione. I suppose you can simply call the entire dough the crust and the edge the upper crust. Whatever!! I like calling it pizza dough and crust. No idea if that is proper terminology or not but it's always been mine.**
These are the best of the best in South Florida.
Pizzeria Oceano (Lantana) Finally made up to Lantana to try Pizzeria Oceano. I had heard very good things about their pizza but braced myself for the usual letdown. Wrong!! They are serving the best pizza in Florida bar none. This could be some of the best pizza in the country. I opted for their basic pizza which features housemade mozzarella, olive oil, pecorino romano, tomato sauce and basil. The sauce, cheese and dough were fantastic and the ratio was perfect. The crust was nicely charred which sealed the deal on pizza perfection.
Worth the drive from Miami for sure.
Mauro's (Downtown Hollywood)- Huge authentic NY style slices. Perfect dough, sauce and cheese ratio. Their sauce skews slightly to the sweet side. The best NY style slice in South Florida.
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Cafe La Buca (Pompano)- NY style/thin crust hybrid. Fantastic tasting dough with a nice chew. The cheese and sauce is top notch and perfectly proportioned. Pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from their hometown of Naples, Italy. Five tables, daily changing verbal menu. Get a small pie so you can try one of their fresh housemade pastas. Hidden gem and a must visit.
Kings County Pizza (Aventura) They are serving authentic NY style pies including stellar sicilian and grandma pizza. Sauce skews on the spice (basil/oregano) side. On a side note, the wings and baked ziti are even better.
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Harry's Pizzeria (Miami) As you may recall, I hated my first baseline margherita pie I tried at Harry's. But I knew that the margherita wasn't the play there plus I'm a Schwartz fan so I went back again and again and again and again....I enjoy Harry's more and more each visit. The dough has improved and the creative and fresh toppings make for enjoyable pizzas. Great delivery guy to boot.
Macalusos Market (South Beach) - I'm a big fan of Macaluso's and was very happy when he opened the market next door. The Market features their legendary meatballs, heroes and pastas. They also serve fantastic pizzas. Kill two birds with one stone and order the meatball pie.
Racks (Sunny Isles)- I must admit that I wasn't a huge fan off the bat but it was good enough early on to get me back and they have really won me over. I don't think I was off early on. I think they have improved. Regardless, their pizza is another NY style/coal-fired hybrid. The dough is on the thin side but the overall flavor is all NY thanks to the great sauce, gooey cheese and great tasting dough.
Steve's (North Miami)- This is a place I really want to love but always falls just short for me. It's very good but the sauce is just too sweet for me. Good not great.
Spris- (South Beach) An underrated spot over on Lincoln Road that features some interesting topping combinations. Always leave satisfied.
Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza (Multiple Locations) Anthony's seems to have a real love/hate following. I'm on the love side of the fence but do find their pizza to be on the overly salty side and their toppings tend to over power the pizza. Regardless, they serve unique and tasty pies.
Pizza Hut- ha-ha just making sure you're paying attention.
Alternative Pizza I like-
Michaels Genuine- (Design District) Love the breakfast pizza on the brunch menu.
Tuccis Pizza (Boca) Went in with very high expectations and left very disappointed. I didn't care for their sauce and tit dominated the pie. Not a bad pizza by any means but not tier worthy.
Sicilian Oven (Aventura) Huge bust. Pizza was so bad we didn't even finish half of the pie.
Tony's Pizza (Miami) Someone on Chowhound claimed this was the bets pizza in Miami. Pedestrian at best. Under sauced with mediocre dough and cheese.
TO EAT LIST-
Nicks New Haven (Boca)
Fresco Trattoria (South Beach) Milan import sounds promising.
Scuola Vecchia (Delray)
Forno 52 (Pinecrest)
Kitchenetta (Ft. Lauderdale)
Primo Pizza (Midtown)
Pucci's (South Beach)
Am I missing any standouts?