Pizza Party

By Mitchell Nover

I know that May is National Hamburger Month and National BBQ Month, but artificial foodie holidays be damned… I’m in the mood for pizza! So, when it comes to pizza, we all know that Miami is not New York, and that’s perfectly fine. I get it, people looooove NY pizza. There’s something in the water, yada yada yada. But, how about a little diversity, foks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s what makes Miami’s food scene so great: diversity in food. Including, you guessed it, pizza. That’s why I’ve but together a quick round-up of some of my recent Miami favorites – from a classic Cuban pizza joint to a a couple of new Neapolitan outposts to, yes, a NYC-style hipster hangout. Bet you can’t get that combo in the Five Boroughs, can you?

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Chef’s Corner – Francisco Anton

Francisco Anton, Chef/Owner, Cardón y el Tirano
A native of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Chef Francisco Anton moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. After growing up between Louisiana and earning a business degree in Orlando, he decided to follow his passion for cooking and went to live and work in NYC. After stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he came into his own under Maximo Tejada who taught him how to merge his flare for Latin cuisine with French technique. After a few years, Chef Anton moved to Miami and, before opening Cardón y el Tirano, worked alongside Michael Shikany at SHIKANY and was also heavily recruited to work with Alex Chang at the Vagabond. Instead of continuing on a path of working for others, however, Chef Anton decided to follow his dreams and open his own restaurant, offering a contemporary take on more traditional menus from all over Latin America.

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#FoodieFriends – Marvin Tapia

On this month’s edition of #FoodieFriends, we’re highlighting one of our favorite Miami influencers, Marvin Tapia also known as Mr. Miami Marvin. Marvin has aptly become Mr. Miami for very good reason, he’s consistently well informed on all things sunny and bright in Miami, documenting the latest trends in food, music and culture. Apart from his cool demeanor, Marvin is indicative of “curiosity meets cool.” He documents his adventures across our city on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts for our viewing pleasure. Marvin is the equivalent of a real-time feed of Miami’s most happening events, always in the know of the best restaurant openings, specials and of course hidden gems.

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Crazy About Cardón y el Tirano

I have to admit that when I first heard about Cardón y el Tirano, a new Latin restaurant in Little Havana, I didn’t really pay much attention. One day I happened to be driving down Calle 8 and saw the sign in an old shopping center near Versailles and thought, “Oh, that’s where that place is,” without really giving it a second thought. Nonetheless, as a still-relatively-new food blogger, I’m always looking for new off-the-beaten-path restaurants to try, so when approached by Chef Francisco Anton himself to come in for a taste, I went ahead and accepted. What did I really have to lose anyway? Needless to say, I went in to my dinner reservation not exactly having the highest of expectations…

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#FoodieFriends – RandoMiami

In our fourth installment of Foodie Friends, we’re highlighting one of our favorite food blogs, RandoMiami and the fun, charismatic gal behind the blog, Katy Coffield. We’ll preface her Q&A by stating that this 25-year-old knows how to have a good time and keep you well entertained. When we caught up with Katy earlier this week, we laughed, we drank, we ate, and then we laughed some more. We enjoyed drinks at Ball and Chain, and after having cocktails as appetizers, we somehow justified making our way to dinner at the ice cream mecca Azúcar where we all indulged in some Abuela Maria.

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Lekoké is A-OK

Let’s be honest here people. Contrary to popular belief, Calle 8 is not a hotbed of modern culture. Sure they’ve got some historical mainstays (i.e. Versailles), artistic activities (i.e. Viernes Cultural) and even some up-and-coming hotspots (i.e. Azucar Ice Cream Company), but those are few and far between compared to the joyerias, check cashing stores and peluquerías. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Calle 8 (and don’t want any hate mail), but the perceived hub of Latin society in our city could use an upgrade.

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