Now, Miami isn't exactly known for its pizza - it's a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, with massive Latin American influence. Each neighborhood brings different life experiences, new flavors, and exciting "nowhere else" moments. While this can make finding a slice challenging, we've been there and done that - so we're going to do you a solid, and point you in the right direction. Below, you'll find several excellent stops for pizza, each varying in style.
So sit down, stay a while, and let's find you the perfect slice in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood.
Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza is several things; a mouthful to say, one of the best Coconut Grove restaurants, and, ultimately, extraordinary. Head chef and owner Renato Viola is a Southern Italy native, having come to the States on an 01 Visa. These are reserved for people with, "extraordinary artistic ability" of international fame. Hence, the name 01 Extraordinary Pizza - it's an ode to Viola's passion and dedication to his craft.
If you want legitimately authentic Italian pizza served by a man who's been tossing pies since he was eleven years old, Mister 01 is the stop for you.
Pauloluigi's is a longstanding name in the history of Coconut Grove restaurants. Pauloluigi has served the greater Miami area for well over forty years. The menu consists of a number of Italian classics, though the pizza is a truly excellent meal. No matter your tastes, Pauloluigi is certain to evoke memories of Sundays at Nonna's (and I say that as an Irish-American).
Ultimately, Pauloluigi is dedicated to creating delicious, traditional Italian meals with a very welcome Miami twist. If you're seeking food made with care and the highest possible quality of produce, Pauloluigi will serve you quite well.
Farinelli 1937 is one of a few Coconut Grove restaurants dedicated to recreating the most authentic possible pizzas. They make use of two copper-coated 800 °F wood-fired ovens to serve pies that are simply out of this world. Each slice is filled with a combination of flavors from the freshest possible produce, meat, and cheese, accented by the oven's smoky charcoal finish.
And if you're more of a regional pizza person - they've got you covered. While Farinelli 1937 tries to emulate their sister Miami restaurant, Strada in the Grove, they don't let tradition interfere with making the best pies in the neighborhood - regardless of style.
The honorable mention section is my favorite part of these reviews. Not every Miami restaurant can make the top three - but that doesn't mean they're not doing things right. So to make up, we highlight two joints with each review that, while not the best, are still doing interesting, tasty things.
Harry's Pizzeria is an interesting beast. Founded in 2011, they've been serving up incredibly authentic pizzas for over a decade. And, depending on who you ask, they're either the best or worst pizza in the world. This is because they focus on one style of pizza - a risky move in this industry. But those who love pizza that's simple, charred in classic Italian fashion, and created with love and high-quality produce will fall in love with Harry's.
If you don't believe me, maybe the fact that the owner and head chef, Michael Schwartz, is a James Beard award winner will? And if not that, then believe the native Italians shouting praises for Harry's from the proverbial rooftops.
Navé is another Miami restaurant that just barely missed winning our award for best Miami pizza. The reason we didn't include them in the top three is for one, sole reason - they're primarily focused on creating a fine-dining experience; something which is generally opposed to serving up slices. They offer three (yes, only three) types of pizza: the Diavolo ('nduja, Fresno chiles, mozzarella, red onion, Espelette pepper), the Duck (duck confit, broccoli rabe, pepperoncini, fontina, crispy garlic confit), and the White (bechamel base, leeks, fennel, Grana Padano, truffle vinaigrette).
That's it! The only pies on their menu are incredibly unique, which is what earned them a spot on our list. And if you want to try something that's not pizza, I suppose you could grab a bite of their highly seasonal, Michelin-featured menu.
If you don't feel like dining out, consider cooking your own pizza at home on your own pizza oven! Be sure to check out our reviews of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Pizza Ovens. Making pizza is even more fun than dining out!