Friday, December 26, 2014

Proof Pizza & Pasta Perfection (Midtown Miami)

Proof Pizza & Pasta is not only the best new restaurant in town, it's one of the best restaurants in town.

Yes, I love pizza and yes I love fresh house-made pasta but that's not what got me excited about Proof. The talent in the kitchen did. This is a chef driven spot manned by two young and talented chefs who have spent their careers in high end establishments learning from national and local heavyweights. Andrew Carmellini, Michael Mina, Gabe Fenton, Conor Hanlon.

I've enjoyed several great dishes from executive chef Justin Flit during his days as executive sous chef at Bourbon Steak. Chef de cuisine Matt DePante was in the kitchen for several great meals I enjoyed while dining at The Dutch. Justin and Matt met at The French Culinary Institute in New York City. After working in the kitchens of DBGB and Gramercy Tavern, they returned home to Miami to continue their training.

Bourbon Steak and The Dutch are two of the best restaurants in town and two of my favorite spots. Gabe Fenton and Conor Hanlon are two of the best chefs in town and also two of my favorites. They run great kitchens and make sure their staff excel. Both are very deserving of James Beard nominations. Obviously, I was excited when I heard about the collaboration of their past protégés and the concept.

Justin and Matt's pizza is modeled after the Neapolitan style. They are using the highest quality Caputo 00 flour, sourdough starter and “proof” their dough for 18 hours. Each pizza is made to order and is cooked in their 900 degree wood burning oven. Oak and cherry wood are typically used in the oven. Their fresh pasta program also focuses on using Caputo 00 flour from Italy, fresh farm eggs and other quality sourced ingredients.

In a nutshell, they have delivered an all around winner. It's a neighborhood spot free of pretense. The vibe is casual, service is proper and friendly, the beer and wine program was thoughtfully curated, prices are reasonable and most importantly the food tastes great.

Save room for pastry chef, Malcolm Prude's delicious desserts.  He is a Bourbon Steak veteran as well and owner of Xavier's Macarons.

They have successfully created a place that you will want to visit often.

Go for the pizza but stay for the pasta. And the apps and specials too.  The menu is littered with non pizza gems.

Angel hair with crab, calabrian chili and lemon breadcrumbs.  This is a must get dish.  Great pasta paired with great flavors and textures.

Shaved brussels sprouts apple cider, gorgonzola, pecans, dried cranberry.

Warm farro salad with duck prosciutto, pomegranate and pistachio.

Octopus a la plancha, squid ink, celery root, salsa verde.

Burrata salad beets, cara cara orange, arugula.

Fresh mozzarella, olive oil, sea salt, focaccia. 

Beef tartare, grated egg yolk, colatura, chives. 

Lamb Sausage w lentils, eggplant & pea tendrils. 

An eggless strozzapreti with Bolognese and whipped ricotta.  

     Bucatini, pancetta, parmesan, grated egg yolk.

Agnolotti, chestnut, pickled apple, foie gras mousse.

Margherita - tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, olive oil.

Housemade fennel sausage, tomatoes, broccoli rabe pesto, mozzarella, red onion.  The margherita was good, this pie was outstanding.  It features fantastic flavor combinations with great sausage along with a tasty and properly cooked dough.

Bone marrow pizza w/ parsley gremolata, roasted garlic, capers. 

Champagne & Strawberry Macaron ice cream sandwich. 

Dark chocolate cake, espresso whipped cream, salted caramel, amaretto cookie crumble.

Proof Pizza & Pasta on Urbanspoon


3328 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
On the corner of North Miami Avenue and NE 34th street


Wednesday-Dinner 5:00-11:00 pm

Thursday Lunch Noon- 3:00 pm Dinner 5:00-11:00 pm

Friday Lunch Noon- 3:00 pm Dinner 5:00-12:00am

Saturday Lunch Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm-12:00am

Sunday Lunch Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 3:00pm-9:00pm

Monday – closed
Outdoor seating available.

They currently do not accept reservations. If you have a party of 6 or larger please call ahead so they can accommodate your party to the best of their ability.

Self park pay lot available across the street from Proof directly on NE 34 th street.

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