What do Mi­ami­ans love more than par­ty­ing? Pizza. But not just any pizza—pies topped with ox­tail, Nutella cal­zones, and cashew ri­cotta ve­gan sub­sti­tutes.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY CARLA TOR­RES

Celeb Fa­vorite: ANTICO

There’s a rea­son why celebri­ties like Chris Rock, Will Fer­rell, and Gabrielle Union swear by Gio­vanny Di Palma’s At­lanta trans­plant. And that’s its inim­itable and slightly charred dough, crowned with in­gre­di­ents straight from Italia. Do try the lasagna “pizze.” 1058 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-216-7908; cen­tros­


Michael Schwartz’s foray into pizza led him to in­stall his own pizza oven at home. While you prob­a­bly won’t be in­vited for din­ner, you can visit his De­sign Dis­trict and Co­conut Grove pizze­rias, named after his son Harry, and taste what USA To­day dubbed “the pizza to eat in Miami.” We think that ac­co­lade has some­thing to do with the short rib, Gruyère, and caramelized onion or home­made ri­cotta, moz­zarella, and pecorino pie. 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-2754963; har­ryspizze­

NYC Trans­plant: LUCALI

Jay Z and Bey­oncé skipped the 2012 Gram­mys for their fa­vorite slice (they are reg­u­lars at Lucali’s Brook­lyn flag­ship), which should be enough to con­vince you to wait in line for what

Mi­ami­ans ar­gue is the best pie in the 305. Pro tip: Shal­lots, onions, hot pep­per, basil, and gar­lic is the way to go, along with the Nutella and ri­cotta cal­zone. 1930 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305-695-4441;

Writ­ten in the Stars: MIS­TER O1 Chances are you know this not-so-se­cret South Beach pizze­ria as Visa O1. But even with a name change, a Brick­ell out­post, and a Wyn­wood spot in the works, its star-shaped cre­ations with ri­cotta-stuffed crust or hot and cold pies topped with bur­rata strac­ciatella re­main inim­itable. 1680 Michi­gan Ave., #101, Miami Beach, 305-3978189; mis­

Bis­cayne’s Baby: PAULIE GEE’S

Hot honey on your pizza? Only at Paulie Gee’s, where the Hell­boy pie has ev­ery­thing you want: fresh moz­zarella, Ital­ian toma­toes, Berk­shire hot sop­pres­sata, Parmi­giano Reg­giano, and Mike’s Hot Honey for a pie as sweet as it is sa­vory. Plus: oc­to­pus, Cuban pork, or ve­gan (made with cashew ri­cotta) al­ter­na­tives. 8001 Bis­cayne Blvd., Miami, 786-5588315;

Eye on the Pie: PROOF

What hap­pens when Michael Mina and Daniel Boulud’s pro­tégé goes solo? A ca­sual neigh­bor­hood pizza and pasta joint, flip­ping wood-fired crispy pies topped with ox­tail, black gar­lic, thyme, caramelized onion, and moz­zarella. 3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-5369562; proof­

Back to Ba­sics: SIR PIZZA

A Miami pizza in­sti­tu­tion since 1969, Sir Pizza is still the best for non-fancy, but straight­for­ward and easy-to-love, thin-crust (and square-cut) pies and cloud­like blan­kets. The se­cret is in the tomato sauce and side of ranch for dipping de­light. 712 Cran­don Blvd., Key Bis­cayne, 305-3615701; sir­piz­za­key­bis­

100 Per­cent Ver­i­fied: STANZIONE 87

If you’re look­ing for au­then­tic Neapoli­tan-style pizza—the kind that ad­heres to strict rules set forth by the As­so­ci­azione Ver­ace Pizza Napo­le­tana (a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in Naples to pro­tect true Neapoli­tan pizza)—head to Stanzione 87 and or­der the new An­gry Spinach, named for its gar­licky and Cal­abrian chili kick. 87 SW Eighth St., Miami, 786-360-1852;

Worth wait­ing in line for: Brook­lyn pizza in­sti­tu­tion Lucali brings its beloved pies to Miami Beach, with a choice of top­pings like por­to­bello mush­rooms, all­beef pep­per­oni, and basil.

Proof’s ox­tail pizza with black gar­lic, caramelized onions, thyme, and moz­zarella. ƥƞɵƭ: Afi­ciona­dos flock to Harry’s Pizze­ria for a taste of Michael Schwartz’s gourmet pies.

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