The Ten Best Pizzas in Miami

Miami may not have a celebrated regional style of pizza that rivals New York thin-crust or Chicago deep-dish, but the Magic City holds its own when it comes to producing versions of palate-pleasing pies.

What's Italian in origin has become a quintessential U.S. staple — Americans' number one go-to meal that hits the spot unlike any other and makes us salivate simply thinking about it. When made correctly — with a crisp golden crust, an even layer of homemade sauce, melted cheese dripping off the sides, and the freshest toppings — pizza is arguably the greatest gift to mankind.

Just as this democratic food has changed our diet over the years, so too has the local pizza landscape. Newcomers have amassed a following through their innovative creations, while more classic joints try to maintain their reign with no-fail recipes. No matter what you fancy, you'll find a pie that fits you.

So here's to the naysayers who believe Miami can't make topnotch pizza. One slice from these top ten spots will prove the Magic City takes pizza seriously.

Harry's gluten-free pizza
Harry's gluten-free pizza
Courtesy of the Genuine Hospitality Group

10. Harry's Pizzeria 
Michael Schwartz’s signature thin-crust pizzas set the standard in Miami. If you’re indecisive, you’re in luck. Compared to other pizzerias with never-ending pie lists, Harry’s is pretty straightforward and features about ten. Order the short rib variety ($17), topped with Gruyère, caramelized onion, and arugula, or if you’re feeling a little more seafood-centric, try the rock shrimp ($16). Classics such as cheese and margherita make the list, but why be boring when you can be bold, especially with a tall glass of local beer?

The classic cheese pizza at Casola's
The classic cheese pizza at Casola's
Photo by Carlos Viso

9. Casola’s
Hungry crowds pile into this laid-back, unassuming mainstay for its mammoth, New York-style pizzas. Irresistibly thin crust sets the foundation for specialties such as steak, barbecue chicken, Hawaiian, and veggie. Prices are easy on the wallet — a slice of cheese pizza starts at $4.09, and a 24-inch house pie starts at $23.94. And if pizza isn't your thing, no problem. The submarine sandwiches are not to be missed, and like all things at Casola’s, the portions are huge.

Frankie's square-cut pizza
Frankie's square-cut pizza
Courtesy of Frankie's

8. Frankie's
If you live in Westchester or ever find yourself in the area and haven’t had Frankie’s, you haven’t lived. Make an effort to try a slice (or four) at one of Miami’s oldest pizza joints, and you’ll see why it has been in business so long. Since 1955, this no-fuss, classic mom-and-pop pizza shop has been serving Frankie’s devotees its famed square-cut pizzas at rock-bottom prices. Bread emerges from the oven crunchy but still bread-like, and the cheese and toppings are generous without being overindulgent. Clearly, Frankie’s will always be a leader.

Ironside's margherita pizza
Ironside's margherita pizza
Courtesy of Ironside

7. Ironside Pizza
Why wait to take a trip to Italy when you can experience its cuisine on Miami's Upper Eastside at Ironside Pizza? The same guys behind Brickell’s Toscana Divino are the masterminds behind this hidden gem just west of Biscayne Boulevard. Indulge your craving of wood-fired, authentic Italian pizza recipes, ranging from porcini mushroom to spicy salami, with the freshest ingredients, including the dough, flown in directly from Italy. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. 

Proof's oxtail pizza
Proof's oxtail pizza
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6. Proof Pizza & Pasta
The proof is in the pizza at midtown’s Neapolitan-style pizza shop. The pie selection is small but carefully curated and exceptionally executed. Something about Proof Pizza & Pastas’ unmistakable smoky, thin crust gets people going, while best-sellers such as the oxtail pizza ($16), topped with mozzarella, black garlic, caramelized onions, and thyme, keep them coming back for more. The ambiance is charming. Service is helpful. And the desserts are as impressive as the entrées. Cue the monstrous chocolate macaron ice-cream sandwich.



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