87 SW 8th Street
The summer of 2011, when my husband and I honeymooned in Italy, we savored the most heavenly pizza while eating in a tiny pizzeria overlooking the Gulf of Naples. While I understand Naples is the birthplace of the pizza pie, that single Margherita pizza soared high above my wildest expectations — and that’s mainly because of its simplicity.
That was nearly four years ago, and after traveling to foodie towns including Chicago and Los Angeles, and eating pizza all over Miami, I haven’t been able to find pizza as divine. That is, until I dined at Stanzione 87, an “authentic Neapolitan pizzeria” in the heart of Miami’s Brickell neighborhood that was founded on “the love for simplicity and tradition.”
I’ve gone back to this joint now three times (I thought I may have hallucinated how wonderful these pies were the first and second time around), and each time I leave raving it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had … outside of Naples, Italy. I can’t get enough of the crispy, chewy crust and incredibly flavorful toppings. Mind, blown.
These guys are doing it all right: imported ingredients from Italy (including an authentic oven hauled over from Naples), local organic produce, daily house-made mozzarella, and a delightfully attentive staff to round out your pizza-going experience. Everything we’ve tried on the menu has been excellent — from the rosemary-laced focaccia ($4) to the creamy burrata ($10), the porcini-studded Funghi white pizza ($15), prosciutto-topped San Danielle pizza rosse ($17) and the classic Margherita ($11), which took me right back to that café along the Amalfi Coast.
Simplicity at its finest, my friends. And if you can leave room for dessert (unlike my stuffed self … every. single. time.), opt for the tiramisu because I glimpsed it on our neighbor’s table last visit and had aching order envy. Next time, for sure — and judging by the pies these guys are slinging, I have a feeling that will be sometime in the very near future.