Lucia Pizzeria makes a New Yorker from Queens look twice. Yeah, it’s that good.

By: Diana Rodriguez
Location: Kendall
Address: 8755 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173
Meal type: Lunch & Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Ambiance: Casual and lighthearted
Background music: Somewhere between Michael Jackson circa 1987 and Amore
What to wear: Lunch hour brings the work crowd so you may see people in scrubs or even guys in ties. Go as yourself, and you’ll be fine.

What to expect: “The Oven is On”, reads the sign underneath the name Lucia as you approach the restaurant. Then you walk in and catch a glimpse of the actual oven with the family name Graziano’s. There’s a wine library, or wall of wines, to your left, and ample seating throughout.

The Menu: Some say the feud between pizza styles isn’t over, but for us… we’re deciding between the 12 pizza options on the menu. Pizza Rosse or Pizza Bianca. There is a whole page dedicated to Antipasti and a section for Empanadas baked in their wood burning oven. Which makes sense since Lucia is in fact the sister concept to Argentinan steakhouse: Graziano’s. Have mercy.

What to order: Definitely need to try a pizza pie. For two people, check their special lunch menu for options like the Salchicha Parrillera. Then you also need to try their empanadas.

Salchicha Parrillera: A thin salchicha is spiraled on the plate and topped with blistered tomatoes and lots and lots of cheese. Sprinkle some rosemary and it’s ready for the gram.

Next Door: We went for a red pizza this time. The soft crust is crispy on the edges just how we like it. Layers of prosciutto di parma cover the whole surface of the pizza, with just glimpses of the arugula below. It’s a little taste of Italy with every bite.

Profiteroles: Imagine a cream puff filled with whipped chocolate, then coated with melted chocolate. Now imagine two more, because we had three. These are just what you need after filling up on pizza and salchicha. Not too sweet, but just right.

Off the menu: Basically, all their pizzas can be customized. We added artichokes to ours.

How to score a table: Walk-ins for lunch are great or place your orders ahead of time. Lucia hosts free wine tastings on Thursdays with a DJ so call ahead before showing up.