Miami Street Food; Pizza is everywhere. An oven-baked flat bread typically topped with cheese and tomato sauce. Although the pizza is originally from Italy, it was transported to America, where it changed and developed into something completely different than what it was inspired from. At this point, all cultures have their version and variations on pizza, but one thing is for certain, they are all delectable and soul-satisfying.
Cuban pizza is prepared on a bread-like crust and topped with a sweet tomato sauce and generous amounts of cheese. Instead of being crisp like the New York and Neapolitan styles, Cuban pizza is thick and best eaten with a knife and fork. For best results, ask for your pizza to be baked until well done, since it will guarantee a crust that is baked thoroughly and lead to a crispier base.
Where to try them in Miami: Habanos 1200 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139. polonorterestaurant.com
Italian pizza is made neapolitan-style in a stone oven with an oak-wood fire. The high temperature of the oven provides a pizza that is cooked in mere minutes with a crispy, tender, and fragrant crust. Normally, toppings are kept at a minimum with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. This variety of pizza is usually not served in as big portions as American styles, so order different varieties and share.
Where to try them in Miami: Fratelli la Bufala at 437 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139. www.fratellilabufala.eu
New York Style pizza can normally be ordered by slices. It is traditionally hand-tossed and light on the sauce with a generous amount of low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese. As it is already prepared, the pizzaiolos put it back in the oven for a few minutes to heat up, making the bottom crust crispier and perfect for folding. For a true New York experience, sprinkle some red pepper flakes on your pizza for a slightly spicy change of pace.
Where to try them in Miami: Primo Pizza at 100 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139. primopizzamiami.com