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Chef Gino Sorbillo Delivers Award-Winning Pizza to South Beach

Chef Gino Sorbillo opens his first Florida restaurant.
Chef Gino Sorbillo opens his first Florida restaurant. Photo courtesy of Sorbillo
One of Italy’s best-loved pizza chefs, Gino Sorbillo, has opened a Miami Beach location of his eponymous restaurant, at 100 Collins Ave.

Sorbillo's award-winning Neapolitan-style pies are legendary in Naples, Italy. The pizzaiolo — or pizzamaker — is respected throughout Italy for his food. His four restaurants — including the family's first Naples location, which opened in 1935 — have hourlong lines and are regarded among the best in the country.

Today Sorbillo is known for churning out a slightly larger version of Neapolitan pies. Described as incredibly light, they're cooked in wood ovens and use limited ingredients, including 00-graded flour and San Marzano tomatoes. Typically served unsliced, the pies arrive with a sauce-heavy center and a chewy, fire-charred crust.

In 2013, Gambero Rosso, Italy's popular food guide, named Sorbillo Napoli best pizza restaurant. The site, however, wasn't as enamored with Sorbillo's New York City location: "Without great peaks the offer of traditional recipes... lack a certain genuine and authentic aspect on the table."
click to enlarge Pizza fritta at Sorbillo. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SORBILLO
Pizza fritta at Sorbillo.
Photo courtesy of Sorbillo
Like its sister establishments in Italy, New York City, and Tokyo, the Miami Beach restaurant offers Sorbillo's wide array of classic and seasonal Neapolitan pies, along with his famous pizza fritta (fried pizza dough), calzones, an assortment of antipasti small plates, main dishes, pasta, and dessert.

More than a dozen pies, priced from $9 to $28, can be found on the South Beach menu. They include Sorbillo's own margherita, classic marinara, and specialty pies such as carbonara con tartufo, which combines guanciale, egg yolk, buffalo mozzarella, black truffle, basil, and olive oil with cracked black pepper. There's even a vegan pie made with dairy-free cheese, mixed vegetables, and olive oil ($20).

However, there's one caveat: Only 250 pizzas are available each day, served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sorbillo. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-281-0588; sorbillonyc.com. Sunday through Thursday noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday noon to 1 a.m.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna