Friday, September 10, 2010

Blu La Pizzeria del Sole

Courtesy of Miami New Times Blu La Pizzeria del Sole, South Miami

This charming, moderately priced trattorialike pizzeria is a 40-seat (with 30 more chairs outside) spinoff of Trattoria Sole next door. A main benefit from that association is the wine selection, which is far more extensive than one could reasonably expect to find in a pizza place. Panini, focaccia, and half-moon calzone constitute some of the offerings for pizza-poopers, but it's the pies that bring Blú the green.

The blissfully blistering treatment they undergo while baking rapidly in a smoldering hot, wood-burning oven yields a crisp, semicharred crust with thin, bready middle and seared topping of bubbling cheese and tomato sauce. Delicious, and 28 variations from which to choose: spinach/fontina, eggplant/Parmesan, artichoke/mushroom, and anchovies with oregano, a staple in Naples and Rome.

There also are more than a dozen sauceless pizza bianche, which include "tartufon" with mozzarella, mushrooms, and white truffle oil; and "pizza blú," covered in mozzarella, fontina, eggplant, potatoes, and fresh rosemary. The priciest pizza costs $13.50, the average is around $10, but none is more rewarding than the basic fiore di campo of tomato, mozzarella, and basil that's yours to eat in or take out for $7.50.

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Rick Munarriz, Contributor comments. In Short – Owned by and adjacent to the upscale Trattoria Sole, Blu specializes in cozy atmosphere. The restaurant's centerpiece is a large wood-fired oven, surrounded by several booths and tables. The additional two-dozen outdoor tables are perfect for people-watching. Is the pizza Chicago style? New York style? Try Italian-style. Hearty toppings like deli ham are piled high on crepe-thin flour crusts. Although pizzas dominate the menu, paninis, calzones and carpaccios also abound. Click here and Save Up to 60% on Pizzeria del Sole Restaurant Gift Certificates: $25 gift certificates for only $10!

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Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thu noon-11 p.m
Fri-Sat noon-11:30 p.m.

Blu La Pizzeria del Sole
7201 SW 59th Avenue
South Miami, FL 33143
For reservations 305.666.9285

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