Getting the dough right is one of the hardest parts of making a pizza. That's why they make it in house every morning at The Original Big Tomato, yielding a crust that's crisp on the bottom but still fluffy around the edges. Since a base like that deserves fine toppings, the crew also chops veggies fresh every day. They might crown pies with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh lettuce, basil, corn, and spinach. There's also a wide selection of cheeses, including gouda, gorgonzola, parmesan, and goat cheese. Alongside pizzas on the menu, there's also the range of salads, paninis, and wraps that one might see at an Italian cafe.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.
The old ways continue to endure and enchant palates at Spris Artisan Pizza. Named after the refreshing aperitif famous throughout Italy's Veneto region, Spris Artisan Pizza draws inspiration from traditional Old World cooking at both of its locations, even going so far as to use imported Italian ingredients in several dishes. Their signature pizzas embody this commitment to tradition. Every gourmet pie begins as disk of regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free dough. From there, chefs top the thin-crust pies with everything grilled eggplant and artichokes to ground italian sausage and spicy salami before sliding them into a blistering-hot, wood-fired brick oven. This dedication is also apparent in other menu items, from the hand-rolled meatballs to the freshly baked ciabatta to the homemade gnocchi dumplings notarized by the Italian embassy's staff.
The family-owned Kosher Kingdom has all the offerings of a traditional grocery store, from fresh produce to a butcher shop and an extensive offering of prepared foods. The large facility also sports a state-of-the-art bakery that produces Jewish-leaning baked goods and challahs daily. Deli counter favorites include roasted chicken and slow-cooked brisket, with prepared foods ranging from homemade gefilte fish and hot-from-the oven knishes to jumbo stuffed cabbage. The more than 10,000-square-foot specialty store is completely kosher, which means only approved wines, candies, treats and other goods make it to the store’s shelves. There’s even a Pizza King inside, making Kosher Kingdom a perfect one-stop shop for all your kosher needs, or just a pie to take home when you don’t feel like cooking.
Casola’s Pizza is a longtime Italian-focused slice joint located in Coral Way. Since 1982, Casola’s has been servicing the delivery, take out and eat-in crowd from their spare little spot along 17th Avenue. And while the décor is certainly not on par with Miami’s tastiest spots, plenty of locals still swing through for the wide array of options. There’s a decidedly American bent here, with burgers, subs and salads on offer, not to mention the Hawaiian pizzas. But heartier pasta dinners, calzones, strombolis and satisfying meat-lovers pizzas hold up their end of the Italian bargain, making Casola’s a longtime neighborhood joint that satisfied with food as well as nostalgia. Just don’t expect anything fancier than paper plates and vinyl tablecloths.
Q’pizza stacks their menu with rich, hearty Italian food such as mediterranean black mussels, spaghetti with handmade meatballs, and hot pizzas loaded with fresh toppings. They also grill up fine seafood such as almond-crusted salmon in a light lemon butter sauce and build belly-filling subs, paninis, and calzones.