Mister O1 debuted in Wynwood last week. The opening marks the third location for the concept that specializes in star-shaped pizzas.
The Wynwood outpost will offer Mister O1's best-selling pizza, the Star Luca. Guests can also expect classics such as an antipasto selection of prosciutto di Parma, speck, mortadella, and bresaola served with focaccia bread ($17.90); calzone onju stuffed with San Marzano sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami Calabrese, and basil ($13.90); and salads. Pizzas range from traditional versions such as margherita ($9.90) to the Coffee Paola, topped with Gorgonzola cheese, natural honey, coffee, and spicy salami ($16.90).
More than two years after the first Visa-O1 opened in Miami Beach, the Italian eatery's name was changed to Mister O1 after the credit card company Visa threatened a lawsuit for trademark infringement.
Co-owner Umberto Mascagni says the restaurant was originally named after he settled in Miami Beach under an O-1, a nonimmigrant visa granted to individuals with extraordinary ability. Mascagni decided to change the name to Mister O1, a nod to the restaurant's chef and co-owner, Renato Viola. A few months ago, Food & Wine recognized the chef for his pizza craft.
According to Mascagni, changing the name had no impact on business. The pizza partner says the Brickell location handles about 2,500 to 3,000 covers a week. He expects the new Wynwood spot to be equally successful. "Miami's arts district is growing a lot, and we believe that it will be even better in the following years with all the projects that are going on."
Mascagni believes there is no other pizza place like Mister O1 and emphasizes the restaurant would never sacrifice quality for profit. Any dough deemed less than perfect is tossed, and even a teaspoon of yeast in the wrong direction could prove fatal for a rising pizza crust.
Mister O1. 2315 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-991-9343; mistero1.com; Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday noon to 11 p.m.
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