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Searching for a true New York pizza in Miami can seem like searching for the fountain of eternal youth. Without proper guidance, you are bound to run into your fair share of sauceless, burnt crust, dried out cheese pizza slices.

Steves Pizza; North Miami Beach

Steves Pizza; North Miami Beach

Well look no further. Steves Pizza, located on 121st and Biscayne Blvd serves up plain slices of New York style pizza that could easily be mistaken for Spumoni Garden slices in Brooklyn. The cheese and sauce mesh together perfectly, and the crust is crisp, yet soft enough for the classic pizza fold. The sauce has a hint of sweetness, but is not overpowering. The crust is thin, perfectly thin, leaving room for well over one slice.

The inside decor of this little gem could also be found in the boroughs, with old school wooden booths, walls decorated with graffiti, and the classic arcade game.

Steve’s pizza was first brought to my attention by a head chef of a well known south beach restaurant. Needless to say, I have not been to another pizzeria since (except for Pizza Rustica, which is only when I am in south beach).

RATING: 5 of 5 Stars!
Nowadays, its hard to find pizza even this good in NYC!

Steve’s Pizza
12101 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami, Florida 33181
(305) 891-0202

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40 degrees and windy on a Miami Winter night… cruel, unorthodox, blasphemous! It has me wondering why I left the arctic icebox that we all love and know as NYC. I was in search of comfort food that would make the bitter wind chill seem afar from the cozy, insulated log cabin that i was about to dine in. Ok… So there are no log cabins in Miami, but the rustic crust of the Andiamo’s TRUE brick oven pizzas were a much welcomed substitute!

The restaurant feels like a deco drive-in that would pass for an LA hangout. Ambiance aside, if you are looking for a natural, earthy, “real food” brick oven pizza, this is the place to go.

The 10 inch pies, perfect for one person, cost between $8.50 and $11.50, about 2 bucks more than the typical triglyceride infused personal pans from Pizza Hut… not bad! The toppings are fresh, and the combinations illustrate that the menu was planned with culinary precision, a fresh take on classic Italian flavors, and of course the New York spin… What would Pizza be without it?

I recommend the Bella Bambina, if you are in the mood for the sweet/salty combination of the caramelized onions and sauteed panchetta. My friend Esteban Barnardberg had the Soprano, a typical guy choice with the meaty sweet Italian sausage. However, I must say that the way they spiced the broccoli rabe was more intricate that what you would find in a common pizzeria in Brooklyn.

Oh, and the Crust! Perfectly Crunchy Crust Bubbles… Crisp around the edges, but soft and warm in the center, perfect for folding in half…

My only complaint would be that the tables inside were quite small,which I am sure would not have been a problem if the artic freeze did not force us to wear socks and sweaters in February… I know, I am just as disgusted as you are…

Overall Rating is AWESOMENESS for Andiamo Pizza…

Andiamo’s
5600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 762-5751


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