Created in summer 2016 through a collaboration between Pinello and Gramps owner Adam Gersten, Pizza Tropical whips up pies, which are also available by the slice, with a Miami spin ($3.25 to $30). You might be familiar with Pinello's pizza on the Viceland series The Pizza Show, which was recently renewed for a second season.
"Merging the taste of Brooklyn’s finest with the eccentricity of Miami has been a smooth fit,” Gersten says. "Frank brings great, authentic Brooklyn-style pizza to Miami, and I bring a venue that houses unique artists and performers that wouldn't necessarily find a home in Miami otherwise.”
A few bestsellers on the menu are Abuelita's square pie, topped with homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil; La Hawaiiana, with char-grilled pineapple, chili oil, and cilantro; La Blanca, with ricotta, mozzarella, caramelized onions, and toasted sesame seeds; and more traditional flavors such as cheese and mushroom.
"Flash forward to us sifting through sweltering-hot restaurant-supply warehouses, searching for the perfect pizza oven in the dead of a Miami summer," he adds. "Look at us now... We have big plans for Pizza Tropical."
It wouldn't be a ventanita without coffee, which is why Pizza Tropical offers Cuban café too. If you're not in the mood for pizza, the spot also offers hot wings ($10.99) and warm garlic knots ($3).
Pizza Tropical will remain a permanent operation at Gramps. Gersten has left the door open for future food concepts but hasn't divulged details.
The window is open from at 11 a.m. until late, depending upon shows and performances happening at Gramps.