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Big Cheese Pizza

8080 Ludlam Road South Miami, FL 33143 | Coral Gables/South Miami | 305-662-6855

Location Description:

Big Cheese is the kind of pizzeria every neighborhood wishes it had. The staff is dedicated and efficient. Plates are piled high with Italian classics at bargain rates. For a quarter-century, Bill Archer has served the best of California's pear tomatoes and premium Wisconsin cheese on pizzas that range from plain cheese to seafood (shrimp, mussels, and clams). Then there's the exquisite "Miami Slice," which comes topped with sweet baked ham and pineapple, savory ricotta cheese, and cinnamon. Best part: A slice will set you back only $2 or $3 (depending on the number and type of toppings). The menu runs several pages and includes imported Italian pasta, "Michelle's Boneless Buffalo Wings" (chicken fingers done Buffalo-style for $8.25), fried-oyster caesar salad, subs (often jazzed up with a splash of marinara sauce), and full meals (baked and sautéed pasta dishes, seafood, and plenty more). It's tough to resist ordering one of the primo old-school pizzas, especially after watching the pie makers and phone jockeys frantically trying to keep pace with demand. But if you're overwhelmed by options, go for the classic lasagna; it's truly one of the tastiest and most affordable pasta dishes in Miami. Expect crowds. You won't find Italian food this good and this inexpensive anywhere else.

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  • Cuisine(s): Italian, Pizza, Seafood
  • Hours: Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Delivery, Family Style, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
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