Giotto (Miami Beach, FL)

We were looking for a break from the usual cuban and seafood restaurants in Miami Beach so we decided to try Giotto, an authentic Italian pizzeria.  The staff at Giotto is very friendly and the establishment is very clean and vibrant.

We placed a to go order for the Pepperoni Diavola with mushrooms so we could enjoy it in our hotel room.  The Diavola is a 13″ pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni.  Most of the pizzas at Giotto are 13″ pies.  The size is enough for two people to share as an appetizer or a large meal for one person.

Although the staff, presentation, and decor were very nice, the pizza was only “okay”.  There was nothing special about it.  It was a thin crust pizza with canned mushrooms and a few basil leaves.  The mozzarella wasn’t even fresh.  I have ordered the Diavola pizza at several other pizzerias; It has ranged from super spicy to medium.  This pizza was very mild and in no way lived up to the name Diavola (Devil).  When frequenting authentic Italian pizzerias I tend to look for fresh ingredients, which makes the pizza “authentic” in my book.  Giotto’s Diavola would benefit from fresh mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, red pepper flakes, and a nice char on the pepperoni.  In fact, these changes would make this pizza downright devilish.

If I were in Miami Beach again I might give Giotto another try, but not the Diavola.

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