“You need to go to Andiamo.”
“How have you not been to Andiamo?”
“We love Andiamo. Definitely check it out.”
Whenever we talk to our friends about good pizza in Miami, Andiamo always pops up in the conversation … and at least one of the above statements makes an appearance, too. For about two years, we’ve been told we need to visit, and we finally did — just in time for their 16th anniversary (a huge milestone in Miami). By waiting so long, we’ve been missing out on some amazing pizza.
Andiamo is a chill, no-nonsense pizza joint. You open the menu, and it’s almost all pizza. There are other options like salads — the Greek Salad is a must — and sandwiches, but you’re likely here for the pies. After you order the gigantic Nunni’s Homemade Meatballs to get your meal started, it’s time to choose from over 25 pies. You can also create your own or get half-something, half-something else. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
It took some deliberation, but we finally decided on two pizzas instead of three (catch you next time, Capricciosa). After the pizzas came out, we’re glad we stuck to two. Even at 14″ (the medium option), these thin-crust pizzas are monsters. Toppings are generous: The Popeye comes with spinach, Roma tomatoes, tomato sausce, ricotta, mozzarella and basil, and they’re all piled high — it’s hard to see the actual pizza. You can definitely taste it, though; the fresh flavors and the made-daily dough are a perfect match for your palate.
To balance all those veggies with some meat, we chose the Soprano and it hit the spot. Italian sausage is plentiful on this pie, which also features broccoli rabe, red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella. Expect some spice that’ll perk up your taste buds, which you’ll want at full attention for the sausage and broccoli rabe combo that will knock you on your butt. You’ll have to restrain yourself from devouring the pizza on your own (speaking from firsthand experience).
You’re probably full by this point, but the Decadent Chocolate Cake is worth squeezing in some extra calories. The thick slice of cake is indeed decadent, but each bite brings you closer to heaven. Worst case: Just take one home. Tiramisu, key lime pie and New York cheesecake are also available if chocolate isn’t your thing.
Now that we’ve eaten at Andiamo, we understand the hype. Sixteen years is a long time to be in business, especially in a city like Miami where restaurants seem to close every week. The brick-oven pizzeria is obviously doing something right, and that’s not going to change any time soon. What will change is our schedule: We won’t be waiting so long until our next visit.
Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza is located at 5600 Biscayne Blvd in MiMo. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-762-5751.