Shh, I have a little place to tell you about but don’t tell too many people, I want to be able to get a table. It is off the beaten track in an artsy complex that houses architect and design firms. If you go to Biscayne Blvd heading south turn right at 79th street and drive a couple of blocks in you will run right into the Ironside complex. At 7580 Northeast 4th court in the Little River District, park your car in the lot for free and wander inside this complex till you find Ironside Pizza.
Serving one of the better pizzas in Miami, the Neapolitan pizza made in their custom wood burning oven is pretty fabulous. The crust is thin and light and not hard to chew (like at Lucali’s). The pies are cooked perfectly. The sauce and cheese are also great. They use Italian flour, tomatoes and olive oil.
We started with the Involtini, which was stuffed with eggplant and zucchini and fiordilatti mozzarella and truffle oil. We also enjoyed a special of Farinata which was a flat chickpea flour pancake. It came with a side of ricotta, olives and prosciutto that you could spread on top. It was a big hit with everyone.
Operated by the Toscana Divino team, the place has lots of character and you can eat inside or outside in a lovely courtyard. We were looked after by Matteo who was running the operation the night we were there.
The food is authentic and delicious. We loved their meatballs. They serve some nice salads and charcuterie too. The servers are friendly and they welcome children as well. The good news- you can bring your own wine and there is absolutely no corkage. They serve basic wine and beer here but no hard liquor. They also take reservations!!
They serve a great Nutella pizza for dessert and we also enjoyed their panna cotta. There is also a nitrogen ice cream store right next door if you so desire.
This is a special little find, with great pizza and reasonable prices. It is open 7 days a week from noon till 11pm.