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Rome's slice shop Bonci brings authentic Italian pizza to Miami

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If you love authentic Italian pizza, then you'll love this new Miami slice spot.

Hailed as the “Michelangelo of Pizza,” chef Gabriele Bonci and his team have arrived in Miami to open Bonci Pizza in Wynwood. The chef’s famous creations from his landmark "pizzarium" eatery in Rome were known by the late Anthony Bourdain as, “amazing, amazing, amazing!”

The Magic City restaurant is the second US location for Bonci, which first opened in Chicago. The latest location now resides inside Wynwood Cube at 222 NW 24th Street.

“The people of Miami are full of flavor and they appreciate food that is accessible but also delicious and satisfying” says Bonci. “Between the vibrancy of the Wynwood Arts District, the weather and the culture, coming here was the obvious next place to open after the success of our Chicago restaurant.”

Within Miami’s growing culinary scene, Bonci feels there remains a gap in authentic world-class pizza. To that end, the Italian chef hopes to fill the void, offering Magic City denizens his signature dough.

Made with a proprietary blend of heritage stone-ground flours from Italy, the dough itself takes 72 hours to rise. This process produces an inimitable light and airy crust that bakes up crispy and crunchy on the outside.

As a chef, Bonci is known for emphasizing the importance of “three” — keeping the recipes simple and using three top quality ingredients in each process. The concept is also reflected in an eating experience that is fast, fresh, and affordable.

Each day the chef offers new pizza flavors, with many available only once during the course of a single year. As the website states, "Our pizza lineup changes sometimes hourly depending on what seasonal produce and toppings are available. Therefore, if we created a standard menu and posted it online, it would probably be out of date in about three hours."

Despite the constantly rotating menu, popular daily topping selections include meatball, sopressata, zucchini, ricotta, lemon, black pepper, potato, and mozzarella. And, unlike most American pies, each Bonci pizza is sold by the pound, served on cast-iron trays. To eat them, you must use the scissor provided to cut your own slice.

In honor of the new location, Bonci Pizza will create and serve dishes inspired by the local community and Miami’s distinct culture. In addition, the menu will feature antipasto like mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan, and lemon dressing or aCaprese salad with balsamic.

“The important thing is to preserve the integrity of pizza we’re bringing to Miami,” says Rick Tasman, CEO of Bonci USA. “Chef is meticulous about the ingredients, making sure that it is all at par with what is available in Rome. The people of Miami are in for a real treat.”

Bonci Pizza. 232 NW 24th St., Miami; open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; vsit

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