By Melanie Galarce
Today on the blog, we’re talking pizza. Paulie Gee’s Miami (8001 Biscayne Blvd) is an outpost of the Brooklyn-based chain offering wood-fired pies with locally sourced, gourmet ingredients.
Menu highlights: This is not your typical pizza joint. At Paulie Gee’s you’ll find wood-fired pies that offer a gourmet experience. I couldn’t keep my fingers off the Hellboy, a pie that brings Fresh Mozarella, Italian Tomatoes, Berkshire Hot Soppressata, Parmigiano Reggiano and is perfectly sprinkled with Mike’s Hot Honey. The combination is pretty stellar and this is said to be one of their most popular pies. We also tried The Anderson Pizza aptly named after the neighborhood’s coolest bar since it was the monthly special when I dropped by. Pro Tio: Ask the Paulie Gee’s team for their monthly special to enjoy some gems that may not be on the menu. You’ll also have the option to munch on several vegan pies (and vegan additions) as well as salads and soup.
Standout dish: The Octopus’ Garden pie (fresh mozzarella, garlic, arugula and seasoned octopus) and the Eggplant Parmesan, which is a baked rendition with velvety, creamy texture that will make you a believer in all things eggplant. And because consuming copious amounts of pizza is not enough gluttony, try Mike’s Hot Honey Sundae; the mix of chocolate with the spices of Mike’s Hot Honey (which is also available for purchase at the restaurant) is the stuff dessert buffs live for.
Are we boozing? Yup. And what better combination than beer and pizza? Expect local craft beers on tap and bottled specialty beers, like the Estrella Damm Inedit. Fine wine is also available, because everything is just a tad bit elevated at this pizza joint.
Check this place out if you like: Stanzione 87. They both have the same wood-fire pizza oven imported directly from Italy. Likewise, they both have no problem being adventurous with their menus. Innovation has a strong home at both these pizzerias and Miami is lucky to have them.
Mel’s take: Cheese and bread will forever be my weaknesses. As so, pizza is the Mecca of food for me (yes, I have that in common with a 6 year old) but what I love most about the pizza experience at Paulie Gee’s is that I’m also able to incorporate the finer palate that I’ve developed over the years into my fascination with pizza. The octopus pie is a perfect example of that. I also can’t wait to go back and try other delicacies like the Jewbano (with slow roasted pulled pork and kosher dill pickles).