Paulie Gee’s, the popular Brooklyn pizza spot, has made the trek south to 8001 Biscayne Boulevard. Taking over the old China Palace location, the eatery has brought down several pies from the iconic New York location as well as developed some new items for its latest home in Miami. Here’s a closer look at the pies and the place.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in: the decor. Paulie Gee’s fully embraces the building’s history. Wherever you walk, you’ll find signs of the former Chinese restaurant — literally; the restaurant’s original sign hangs near Paulie Gee’s expansive bar and even the plates call back to its China Palace past.
Don’t expect to have too much time to admire the place, though: The pies come out nice and fast. The Dellboy (fresh mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata picante, and Parmigiano Reggiano) was a hit during our first visit, and the Brian DeParma (Italian tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano) was a tasty vegetarian option.
In fact, vegetarians have two more reasons to rejoice: the Greenpointer (fresh mozzarella, baby arugula, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and shaved parmigiano reggiano) and the Daniela Spinaci (shaved parmigiano reggiano, fresh mozzarella, sliced fresh garlic, fresh baby spinach and olive oil). There’s no shortage of options for herbivores here.
If your server asks if you want to hear the specials, we recommend you listen. During our last visit, there was a Mediterranean pie up for grabs (tzatziki ftw) and an eggplant parm. Owner Jason Weisberg and our server said that the latter would change our life. It did. It’s big, messy and [insert expletive] awesome.
It’s unlikely you’ll have room for dessert; the portions here are generous. But in the rare instance that you do, knock yourself out with the Nutella Pie. In our carb-filled stupor, we mistakenly thought this was an actual slice of pie. Nope: It was a giant Nutella pizza. Lesson (deliciously) learned.
MiMo and its surrounding neighborhoods continue to bring in new and refreshing restaurants, and Paulie Gee’s is one of the latest to plant its roots on this side of town. Needless to say, the area’s culinary future is looking pretty good these days.