Like a squeaky ball to a hyperactive Boston Terrier, a great new pizza spot always has the power to make us stop what we’re doing and pay attention. These six new Miami pizza restaurants did just that. They range from beautiful New York-style pizza to Detroit pies and square sourdough slices. And they will all make you as excited as a dog whose owner accidentally just stepped on a toy.
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Miami Slice doesn’t operate like a normal pizza shop. The takeout-only spot in Midtown is open Friday through Sunday, and you have to pre-order your pizza (only one pie per order) for a specific time slot in advance. But for all this effort you will be rewarded with a truly outstanding pizza, especially if you’re into thin, foldable NY-style slices with incredibly crispy crust. The pies are huge, can feed about three people, and you can order them with half-and-half toppings. We tried the salsera pie - a vodka and marinara pizza with a psychedelic swirl of pesto. It was so good, and we really cannot stress enough how beautifully crispy the crust is.
Paradis is a North Miami wine bar and bakery that we really love. And we’ll never be able to come here without ordering a slice of pizza. It’s really unlike any slice in Miami thanks to a delicious light brown crust that tastes like whole wheat dough that just got back from a delightful vacation with a loaf of sourdough. The lamb pie has little dollops of cumin labneh that perfectly complement the lamb. And the marinara is amazing too, with perfectly charred toppings of za’atar, caramelized onions, and black garlic that make each bite a sweet and savory fireworks display for your tongue. We simply can’t pick a favorite between them, so order both (they sell by the slice) to avoid having a meltdown at the register.
Eleventh Street was a pandemic pivot by the Fooq’s team. They began serving some great New York-style pizza out of the old Fooq’s space in Downtown, which we tried and instantly loved. The pizza is big, crispy, and made with a delicious sourdough crust. Clearly we weren’t the only ones who felt strongly about Eleventh Street, because they just finished up a big renovation. They’re not a takeout-only spot anymore. You can now eat inside their new dining room, and enjoy your pepperoni and hot honey pizza at an actual table. Also a good call here: the huge, doughy Sicilian square slices.
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Square Pie City is permanently closed
Square Pie City
If you’re looking for Detroit-style pizza (which you should always be doing), then check out Square Pie City. We tried (and loved) this place back when they were popping up behind Boxelder on the weekends. The pizza had everything we enjoy about the Detroit pie: thick with crispy edges, chewy dough, and liberal toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, and ricotta. Now they have a more permanent home in South Beach’s Time Out Market, where they’re open Wednesday through Sunday.
Collins Pizza is a simple slice shop in North Beach, and another spot perfect for fans of the classic New York slice. They use a slowly fermented dough (72 hours, in case you were curious), which gives the crust a great flavor. We really enjoyed both the pepperoni and vodka pie. Both were foldable and delicious, with ideal ratios of sauce to cheese, but the vodka is one we’ll absolutely be ordering again. This is a great weeknight takeout choice because it’s very casual, and also a good beach picnic option since it’s only a block away from the sand.
Maxwell Bros is a Palmetto Bay pizza shop from the Lincoln’s Beard Brewing team. So there are two great reasons to come here: beer and pizza. They do both wonderfully, but we really enjoy the pizza, which is closer to a Neapolitan style. This pie really won us over by the strength of its toppings. The Pizza Bianca has roasted garlic, caramelized onions, and a lovely sesame crust. The Super Luigi is another one to order. It has toasted pistachio, ricotta, sage, and sausage from fellow Palmetto Bay residents Babe’s. And, much like Lincoln’s Beard, it’s just a fun place to hang out and have a few beers.