By Caitlin Marino
Hey, foodie fam! As alluded to in my Forte dei Marmi review a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had an overhaul in my dietary lifestyle… After mistakenly watching a Netflix documentary about food, I did the unthinkable and became vegan. This coming from someone who had never been on a diet to going cold turkey and cutting out all animal products from one day to the next. However, life is all about balance, so cheat meals are just plain necessary and what better way to reward yourself for months of successfully sticking to a restrictive diet than with authentic, homemade pizza? Why pizza, you ask? Well, I believe in a past life I must have been Italian because the love I have for pizza, pasta, and wine is just not normal. The answer for any of the aforementioned items will ALWAYS be yes – vegan diet or not. Needless to say, I was over the moon when I found out that one of the new restaurants at CityPlace Doral was Angelo Elia Pizza (3535 NW 83rd Ave, Suite 133, Doral.) Even from just the entrance where an enormous wine vault affectionately greets you, I could tell this place had the potential to become a routine go-to option.
Menu highlights: With over 60 options on the menu, deciding on a dish can be quite overwhelming. However, I suggest picking a few options from the Tapas and Zuppe sections to get the experience started before diving into entrees. Chef Angelo Elia prides himself on using premium ingredients, so no matter what you choose, it’s sure to be fresh and masterfully prepared.
Holy meatballs! The pair of Veal Meatballs wow upon arrival due to their size, but continue to delight with every bite filled with pecorino, tomato sauce, and basil. If you share with a friend, the portion is perfect to hold you over while your pizza, pasta, calzone or panini gets prepared.
If you’re looking for a seafood option, the Fritto Misto is a traditional calamari dish, upgraded to add battered shrimp and vegetables, and is topped with a light lemon aioli sauce.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Burrata. Pair a whopping serving of burrata (heavenly combo of mozzarella and cream) with thinly sliced prosciutto, a bed of arugula, and fig balsamic all over for the ultimate appetizer.
Standout dish: Not because I made it, but because Chef Angelo actually trusted me to step foot into his kitchen and patiently guide me step-by-step to create my first homemade pizza out of a wood-fire oven, I highly recommend the Porcini Pizza (porcini mushrooms, mozzarella, and truffle oil), which inspired my creation of the night.
Thankfully, I made it out of the kitchen without burning anything down and with a pretty damn good pizza as my prize. Guess it’s safe to say can get married now?
Are we boozing? Pizza without wine would just be a blasphemous mistake. Luckily, the wine menu boasts a myriad of international red and white options, but also includes a handful of top beer selections for a well-rounded offering. Feel free to consult with your server on any features of the night or recommendations for what pairs well with your entrée selection if you have trouble deciding!
Check this place out if you like Traditional, rich, fill-your- belly Italian food. The quality is indisputable and with specials like Happy Hour from 4-7PM and $1 oysters on Wednesdays, how can you go wrong?
Caitlin’s take: While CityPlace Doral recently opened, Angelo Elia Pizza instantly stood out as a prevailing forerunner of the featured restaurants. Already a hit at its other locations in Ft. Lauderdale and Weston, it’s no wonder Chef Angelo continues to expand his tremendously successful empire to offer even more people a chance to experience his award-winning menu. Lucky for me, the Doral location is conveniently just an elevator ride and two-minute walk from my office, so they’ll be seeing a lot more of me soon!