Pizzavolante, Jonathan Eismann's new pizza parlor and mozzarella bar in the Miami Design District, opened for business today. I stopped by mid-day to snag a menu, link is here ->
and went back tonight to try out the fare.
I was initially somewhat dubious about the mozzarella bar thing, but after getting a look I began to understand the appeal. Pizzavolante offers several different varieties of mozzrella, from locally produced cow's milk mozz from Vito Volpe, to organic Vermont buffalo mozzarella, to Italian D.O.P. mozzarella di bufala and burrata. They can be paired iwth a variety of different vegetable accompaniments - fried zucchini, organic spinach and arugula, caponata, house-marinated olives, etc. or some prosciutto if you like. We got a sample of several and particularly enjoyed the burrata, which was silky and rich, and also the little ovolini from Vito's.
A standard margherita pizza is $9, is cooked in a wood-burning oven, and also comes topped with some of Vito's mozzarella. The outer edge of crust was crispy without being burned, the rest was thin and firm enough to support the sauce and cheese without being crackly. The standout here among the bread-sauce-cheese trifecta was the cheese, which has a great milky, lightly salty flavor and wonderful texture. I don't claim to be a pizza expert, but this was good and the price was right.
There is a short list of various pizza options (not the encyclopedic list you may find at some places) from $9-13 - one of which includes a "Volante 100" featuring toppings grown or produced within 100 miles of the store - as well as calzones, a few sandwiches, a few pasta dishes, and a hearty daily special (traditional Italian fare like lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, etc.). 18 wines at $18 or under and cheap beers add to the appeal. It's a simple place, mostly finished in white and chrome with bright orange plastic chairs providing some visual contrast. I wouldn't come for the atmosphere (though it's perfectly pleasant) - but for the good food, with high quality ingredients, at a reasonable price.
I've written more on our first visit here ->
3918 N. Miami Ave.
Miami FL 33137
3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL