Miami Beach, FL 33139
- Monday through Thursday 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 1 to 11 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Family Style
- Lunch, Dinner
- Parking Lot Available
- Reservations Accepted
At first sight, Lucali, the Miami outpost of Mark Iacono's famed Brooklyn flagship, looks like a regular pizza joint. Furnishings seem unassuming — mismatched tables and chairs, an open kitchen, a working bench occupied by pizza-makers in cotton T-shirts — but by candlelight, everything glows. Men in white shine with sweat as they use empty wine bottles to roll dough. Pizza-makers take their time prepping pies for the wood-burning oven. Crusts eventually emerge thin and blistered, their surfaces puffed by blackened bubbles of golden dough. Melted buffalo mozzarella and shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cocoon smooth tomato sauce — a secret recipe that can be ordered as a side dish. You can add toppings such as beef pepperoni, artichokes, onions, red peppers, shallots, porcini mushrooms, and hot peppers for an additional buck or more. Any combination works. Regardless of what you choose, it'll be a flawless pie — the best one in town. Insider tip: Next door is an unassuming bar, Bay Club, which is also owned by the same team. When the wait is too long at the restaurant, grab a seat at the bar for a handcrafted cocktail and enjoy a pie there instead. It's a smaller bar-friendly size, whereas Lucali pies come in 24-inch only. Also, Lucali's happy hour, weekdays from 5 to 8 p.m., offers discounted beer, wine, and cocktails, plus every drink comes with a complimentary order of wings or meatballs.
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