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Review : Harry’s Pizzeria

Chef Michael Schwartz has finally opened his long awaited new restaurant, Harry’s Pizzeria. Harry’s Pizzeria is located in the design district two blocks from his Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Harry’s Pizzeria is named after Michael Schwartz’s son and has a wood-burning oven and a bar stocked with local craft beers (Native Lager, Monk in the Trunk).

Harry’s Pizzeria serves seasonal, different thin-crust pizza.

For starters, we had the meatballs and homemade organic ricotta (pictured). The meatball starter comes with 3 meatballs and was amazing from the sauce to the meat they were just perfect. We then had the homemade organic ricotta with 2 slices of focaccia. The ricotta was rich, creamy, and just right. It was mixed with olive oil and you could definitely tell it was homemade. It was so good we would spread some of the ricotta on the meatballs and it was just amazing.


Harry’s Pizzeria has starters ranging from meatballs to polenta fries, along with some different type of salads.

Now onto the pizza. 

The pizzas are not your usual type of pizzas. The pizzas range from a classic margherita, to an oyster mushroom. We had the MGFD bacon (pictured), toped with cave-aged Gruyere, caramelized onions, bacon and fingerling.

The pizzas are the real stars of the show. The selection is so different and good, you will keep coming back to try each and every type of pizza. The pizzas are a decent size for you to split if you wanted to.

Prices are great: pies $11-$14, salads under $10 and beers $5. Check out the entire Harry’s Pizzeria menu here.

Desserts include a chocolate panna cotta and sugar-dusted zeppoles served hot with honey-whipped ricotta. Plus coffee from Wynwood’s Panther Coffee.

Overall, Harry’s Pizzeria is a great gourmet pizza joint from chef Michael Schwartz that is definitely worth the trip and will have you coming back for more.

Definitely check it out!

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Review : Scarpetta Miami Beach

There are countless numbers of Italian restaurants in Miami and even all over the world. Each restaurant is known for their own individual “must-have” item. Well restaurant owner Scott Conant has his “Spaghetti, tomato and basil.”

Scott Conant is the owner of Scarpetta, which was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. Scarpetta is currently open in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Miami.

I got a chance to go and try out Scarpetta in Miami, which is located at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. Scarpetta is known for their “Creamy Polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms” and their “Spaghetti, tomato and basil.”

So I simply had to try it out.

Let’s start with the “Creamy Polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms,” Conant brings back an appetizer of creamy, cheesy, buttery polenta with morels and preserved truffles that’s one of the best, most amazing things ever to happen to cornmeal. You don’t want to miss out on the experience the polenta brings your mouth. Something that is indescribable.

Now on to the main entree.

“Spaghetti, tomato and basil.” That’s all it says. That’s pretty much what it is. The spaghetti is made in house, that has flavor similar to something you would find in the Mediterranean.

The sauce is what makes this dish. The sauce is infused with basil, along with a red-pepper olive oil and Parmesan cheese — all this makes it perfect. I am not a pasta person, but once I had this I said I would be back for this plate alone. For me to say something like this, you know it has to be good.

Overall Scarpetta is an amazing Italian restaurant with good simple dishes that will keep you coming back for more. If you’re in the mood for some good Italian food, just like you have in Italy, Scarpetta where you need to be at. Scarpetta is all about getting back to the tomato.

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