305 HIVE’S BEST OF THE BEST SERIES
To celebrate National Pizza Day our restaurant review team, The Hungry Bees, set out to try delicious pizza in the 305. We were so excited by the wonderful places that we discovered along our tour!
We are ready to go! So excited for our pizza tour. When doing our research we discovered that there are so many notable places in Miami for pizza that we decided to focus this tour on Wynwood and the beach area.
For our first stop, we chose Mister 01 — we chose the Wynwood location, but they have three locations in Miami: Brickell, Wynwood, and South Beach. When we walked in, we happened upon a cooking class in session, which was fun to see. The restaurant has a great vibe and is good for families but also to hang out with friends. We were immediately greeted by the friendliest staff, they made us feel really welcome. We set out to try just the Margherita pizza, but they insisted that we also try their two most popular pizzas, the Star Luca, and the Claudio. We would love to tell you which was our favorite, but we honestly could not decide. The Margherita pizza was simple but on point! It had a thin and crispy crust and was just perfection. The Star Luca is shaped like a star and is filled with ricotta cheese and spicy salami — it was divine. The Claudio has fresh burrata stracciatella cheese and white truffle oil. The cheese on top is cold, so it is quite unique. We had a hard time holding ourselves back from finishing these pizzas. You can get spicy olive oil or truffle oil at the table, which they happen to sell, so we each took home a bottle. If you have room for dessert, try the Nutella & Banana Calzone. We didn’t want to leave but we had the hard job of trying more pizza ahead of us.
Our next stop was Andiamo! in the MiMo District. Andiamo! is famous for its brick oven pizza. There are a few hightop tables inside but most of the seating is outside, and since it was a gorgeous day, most people were sitting outside at the picnic-style tables. We even laid down in the grass out front to pose for a photo as it was so pretty out. We have a confession to make, the pizza looked so yummy that we forgot to take the photo of the entire pie before diving right in! We enjoyed the chunks of tomato in the sauce. If you would like to try something different, try the Brooklyn Special with pepperoni, roasted peppers, and caramelized onions. This is a casual place and also a great option for takeout. Mention 305Hive to receive 15% off through the month of March 2020.
Next, we headed to Steve’s Pizza in North Miami for authentic NY-style pizza. Steve’s is a small local hangout, it was established in 1974 and they have a strong following. You can’t be in business for 46 years without doing a lot of things right! The staff was friendly and the service was quick. It’s an order at the counter type of place and then you can cozy up in one of their booths or head to a table outside to enjoy your pie. Their pizza has a great crust and the sauce is sweet. We tried the plain cheese, the mushroom & pepperoni, and the deep dish. They have huge pizzas but you can also order by the slice. Steve’s is open until 2 A.M so it’s a great late-night stop.
Our fourth stop of the day was Blocks Pizza Deli in Miami Beach. They pride themselves on their Roman-style crust made with Mother Dough. The whole process takes over 3 days using just a handful of carefully selected ingredients. Unbleached and unbromated flour, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and water. The long and slow leavening process gives the crust a deep and unique flavor and makes the pizza incredibly easy to digest. Everything here is fresh and never frozen. This is a small place so it is a great place for takeout. The staff was friendly here and offered suggestions. The sauce is sweet, the crust has an awesome crunch, and the bacon topping is amazing. Visit Blocks during the month of March 2020 and mention 305 Hive to receive 15% off your order.
Also on Miami Beach is Primo Pizza. Here we felt like we were in a Brooklyn pizzeria. It’s a fast-casual place and the pizza here is top-notch! We also fell in love with the owner who came out to chat with us as we walked up. We tried the Margherita pizza, the mushroom and pepperoni, and the white pizza. They were all amazing. Not that we had room, but the owner insisted that we try the cheesecake, it was served ice cold and even those who were not cheesecake fans thought it was delicious. We will be back and next time we are bringing the kids. Mention 305Hive to receive 15% off through the month of March 2020
Our final stop of the day was at Lucali on Miami Beach. This is an outpost of the Brooklyn restaurant. All of the restaurants that we reviewed are family-friendly, but Lucali is also great for a date night. The service was great and the presentation was beautiful. There was no skimping on toppings here and our pizza had practically an entire basil plant on it. This was probably the most expensive place of the day but it was worth it. They have a great wine list and a cool vibe. This was artisanal style pizza and the sauce was delicious; some even order a side of it to dip their pizza in. Mention 305 Hive and Lucali will give you a free appetizer with your order now through the month of March 2020.
And that’s a wrap on this pizza tour! Where will the Hungry Bees turn up next?