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Not-So-Mystic Pizza

Pizza is such a polarizing proposition. One person’s pie supreme is another diner’s “never again.” We’re certain you’ll have your own opinion, but here are our five picks for a little slice of heaven.

One of the many pies at Harry’s Pizzeria in the Design District.

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Harry’s Pizzeria
Named for Chef Michael Schwartz’s son, Harry’s Pizzeria is much like its Design District brother: genuine. Offering local beers, a focused list of wines, a wide range of starters, salads and only 10 (amazing) pies, it’s not uncommon to see lines out the door at this no-reservation haunt. One not to miss? The slow-roasted pork pizza topped with figs and fontina. 3918 N. Miami Ave, Miami, 786.275.4963

Steve’s Pizza
With its graffitied walls and T-shirt clad cashiers, Steve’s has been consistently busy since its opened its doors in 1974. We think it has something to do with that super-secret sweet pizza sauce—it makes carb fanatics out of the strictest of eaters. 12101 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305.891.0202

Opened in February, Lucali already counts Beyoncé and Jaz-Z as fans. Owners Mark Iacono and Dominic Cavagnuolo pride themselves on keeping it simple. Their $26 20-inch pizzas are made by candlelight and topped with sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil sprigs and Parmesan. Extra toppings are available—but not really necessary. 1930 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305.695.4441

Fratelli La Bufala
The Neapolitan pizza at Fratelli is made using a type of kneaded dough that stays soft and stretchy after it’s baked. That flavorsome bread crust is part of the reason why diehards are so fanatical about this tiny restaurant. The folks here have baked some estimated 21 million pies since they opened in 2003. One bite and you’ll see why. 437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.0700

Andiamo Pizza
Depending on whom you ask, this place is either the Second Coming or not worth it. We’re in the former category. We suggest a slice of the Brooklyn Special with a glass of vino as you watch life on Biscayne Boulevard go by. 5600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.762.5751