We’ve eaten a concerning number of slices and pies to bring you our guide to the very best pizza Miami has to offer. And there is a lot to offer, despite what the annoying New Yorker or Chicagoan in your life has to say about us and our pizza. This guide includes neighborhood favorites, excellent slices in the back of a bar, and some flavor combinations you’ll only find in Miami.
You should know that these rankings only apply to the pizzas - it’s not a ranking of the restaurants on the whole (look at the ratings for a better idea of that). Now that we’ve provided this disclaimer, go read about (and eat) some incredible pizza.
Inside an office building just off Lincoln Road is Mister 01, a tiny spot serving pizzas that sound (and sometimes look) a bit strange. But these pies are the best in Miami. The crust is thin - but not too thin - and is foldable yet crispy enough to hear an audible crunch when you take a bite. It’s the odd yet delicious toppings, though, that earn Mister 01 its number one spot. The coffee paolo has mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey, coffee, and spicy salami - and it sent us into a temporary state of confusion before winning us over. The star luca pie has perfectly contained little pockets of hot ricotta cheese in its folded crust. And the rest of the pizzas under the “extraordinary pizza” chunk of the menu are what you should stick to, even if they sound a little out there.
Lucali is a place with a very big reputation thanks to the original location in Brooklyn, where people wait more than three hours for a table. The wait for the South Beach location is considerably less miserable (it could be as low as 15 minutes on a slow weekday), but the pizza is still incredibly good. They serve only one size pie here - which should be plenty for two - and it tastes like a thin-crust pizza and a classic New York slice had a baby, and then that baby got its master’s degree in tasting good. If you just hate waiting any amount of time for your pizza, you can usually walk right in at 1pm on Friday when they open for lunch.
A bottle of wine and a pizza from Stanzione is like winning $100 on a scratch-off or finding out the kid who used to bully you in high school got attacked by a swarm of bees - it will always make our day better, no matter how bad it’s been. This is mostly because the simple Italian restaurant in Brickell serves a selection of red and white pizza with perfectly blistered crust and soft dough that never gets soggy. If you want something a little heavy, try the carbonara pizza with cream, mozzarella, crispy pancetta, and egg yolk. If you’re on a date and need something lighter, the lemon and burrata pizza goes great with a bottle of rosé. But no matter what you get, you’ll walk out of here feeling 300 percent better.
The retro sign for Frankie’s has been hanging over Bird Road since 1955, and people have loved the square pizzas here ever since. The slices are thinner and crispier than similar square pizzas you’ll find in Detroit or the Northeast - but the corner slices still have those perfect edges with delicious little burnt bits. A lot of people take them to-go, and this place also sells “half-baked” pies in case you want to finish yours in the oven at home. But it’s going to taste better if you eat it hot and fresh at one of their outdoor tables in the back.
’O Munaciello is a strange looking restaurant with a massive angel hanging in the dining room, a fairly large diorama of an Italian village in the corner, and a domed ceiling that makes you feel like you’re in some sort of place of worship. But they also serve one of Miami’s best Neapolitan pizzas, and you will indeed be worshipping the cornicione di ricotta when you discover its crust is stuffed with ricotta.
If you can’t stand when a pizza collapses if it has more than three toppings, try Andiamo’s Sunday pie. It’s got meatballs, ricotta, pepperoncini, parmesan, and has a sturdy dough that holds it all up easier than Shaquille O’Neal lifting a toddler. But even if you’re not looking for a pizza that’s supporting a small Italian deli, the basic pepperoni is still very tasty. We also love eating here because they have some underrated outdoor seating and we’ve never had to wait for a table.
This little pizza stand in the backyard of Gramps in Wynwood makes the best New York-style pizza you can find in Miami. Sure, we always seem to crave it after four Moscow Mules, but this is a pizza you can easily enjoy even if you didn’t just do tequila shots at Wood. They have five varieties ranging from a square Abuelita’s pizza to La Hawaiian with pepperoni and caramelized pineapple. You can order them by the slice or as a pie if you’ve got three friends who are also under the influence of Gramps’ excellent Moscow Mules.
La Piazzetta’s very large menu feels like a yearbook for a high school full of pizzas - but one of those elite high schools with very gifted students who somehow always have perfect skin and grow up to run successful internet start-ups. There’s a lot to choose from at this casual spot on the border of Little Haiti, but we’ve enjoyed every one of the Neapolitan pies we’ve tasted. Whether you get the minimal piazza caserta with tomato sauce and dabs of buffalo mozzarella, or the slightly more complex diavola with an ideal amount of spicy salami, you’re going to be very happy.
One of our favorite low-stress meals in Miami is bringing a bottle of wine to this BYOB place and getting a pizza. We love doing this because we enjoy wine, sure, but also because Ironside’s pizzas are always great and just the perfect size to fill you up after you’ve consumed half a bottle of wine. The pies here are closer to Neapolitan in look and texture, but you don’t need a fork and knife to eat them - unless you’re trying to look falsely civilized in front of a date, which this place is also great for.
There are certain things you just don’t badmouth in Miami: Dwyane Wade, the various hits of early 2000s Slip-n-Slide Records, and Steve’s Pizza. It’s one of those places locals cherish deeply, and the appeal of Steve’s is probably due to some combination of nostalgia and their very tasty New York-style slices. You can come to the little North Miami spot for just a slice or a whole pizza - just don’t go spouting any controversial hot takes about how it’s overrated unless you’re ready to defend yourself.
There are two Harry’s in Miami - one just outside the Design District and another in Coconut Grove. Both are safe bets anytime you’re craving a soft, chewy pizza in an atmosphere nice enough to bring someone you like or your parents. We really enjoy the BLT pizza, which has bacon chunks, onion, and a sweet and spicy tomato sauce. Also, we know it’s not pizza, but their chocolate cookie comes to the table all warm and gooey, so maybe save a cookie’s worth of room.
La Leggenda is in a part of South Beach where your food options are severely limited, but this place is not like the touristy spots you’ll find across the street on Española Way. It’s actually good - especially their Neapolitan pizzas. They don’t overcomplicate things here: the dough is tender, the cheese-to-sauce ratio is on point, and we never expected to have such a pleasant meal so close to a Señor Frog’s.
Pizza isn’t the only option on Upland’s menu, but it is one of the best things to get - which is fitting since their original location is in New York City. They make about six different pizzas, but our favorite is the clam pie. The clams add a little brininess the same way anchovies can on some pizza - and the mozzarella and pecorino go great with the salty clams.
Not only is The Alley just about the only place you should ever consider going to on Ocean Drive, but they also serve very good pizza. It’s soft with a nicely charred crust, and the topping options are also really solid. The finocchio e salsiccia (fennel sausage, shishito, and red onion) and the Boucher (smoked prosciutto and mozzarella) are two of the only reasons to venture towards this tasteless strip of South Beach.
We have complicated feelings about DC Pie. This place really feels like Lucali if it started hanging out with South Beach promoters and spent a lot of time at E11even. And the menu is nearly identical, so we can’t help but expect Lucali when we come here. You don’t get that though. Instead, you get a pizza that’s doing a mediocre Lucali impression. But Lucali is so good that even if you divided its quality in half, you’d still get one of the best pizzas in Miami. It’s not even our favorite pizza spot in Brickell (that honor goes to Stanzione 87, but it’s worth a visit for a quick lunch or weekday dinner.