Next time you’re shopping #atMDD, wander over to Jungle Plaza and take a deep breath. Smell those roasting Italian spices? They’re no doubt wafting over from the wood-burning oven of Miami Design District’s newest addition, Roberta’s Pizza. Coming straight to Miami from its flagship restaurant in New York City’s Bushwick, Roberta’s in Miami exclusively serves the restaurant’s famed pizzas and artisanal beers from a makeshift pizza stand made out of two large shipping containers.
The brainchild of co-founders Brandon Hoy and chef Carlo Mirarchi, the original Roberta’s—a restaurant with a multi-use outdoor terrace and bar, Heritage Radio Station, an on-site vegetable garden, and private access to Blanca, a two-Michelin Star haunt just behind it—opened in Bushwick in 2008, turning what was once a not-so-livable area into a hip neighborhood befitting of its Brooklyn habitat. Having gained international acclaim for its wood-fired, homemade pizza pies (like the “Famous Original” with caciocavallo cheese, oregano and chili flakes), Roberta’s opened its first pizza-only location here in Miami just last month.
When it comes to the food, pizza is (obviously) the name of the game. Scrawled on an old-school menu board, you’ll find Roberta’s three most iconic pizzas: the Margherita with tomato, mozzarella, and basil; the Bee Sting with tomato, mozzarella, soppressata, chili flakes and drizzled honey; and of course, the Famous Original. Other pizzas will rotate on and off the menu, all made with local produce and whatever is in season. No matter what you order, every pizza comes in two sizes, costs between $9 and $18, and is available to eat at one of Jungle Plaza’s nearby picnic tables or the covered Jungle Plaza terrace. As of now, Roberta’s is scheduled to stay in Miami until at least April 2018, and has plans to throw a regular roster of epic “Sunday Funday” parties before then.
Roberta's is located in Jungle Plaza, which has two entrances: 3801 NE 1st Avenue and 140 NE 39th Street. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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