By Sara Liss
The Goods: Hard to believe, but pizza, that gut-busting fast food staple can actually be good for you. Well, if you dine at Pizza Fusion, that is. The organic pizza franchise and pioneer of environmentally-friendly restaurant service has opened a North Miami outpost of their popular Ft. Lauderdale-based chain. With a motto that declares ‘Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,’ this slice joint takes its commitment to going green quite seriously. The restaurant itself is built to LEED standards, composed of recycled or repurposed materials and the delivery cars are either hybrid or Smart cars. The restaurant is also popular with vegan and gluten-free eaters since it offers soy cheese toppings and gluten free pizza crusts, brownies and beer.
There’s a roster of daily specials like 50 percent off bottles of wine on Sundays (including organic varieties), and a “mad dash” special Monday through Thursday where from 5:30 - 7 p.m. your order of a personal pizza will be rung up as the time you ordered (meaning order at 6 p.m., pay $6). There’s also a happy hour from Sunday through Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m. where appetizers, beer and house wine are half off.
The Grub: Gourmet pizza gussied up with organic, vegan or gluten-free ingredients. The pies here are oblong and of the thin-crust variety. You can opt for a basic white crust or a hearty multigrain in either personal size (6” x 9”) or large (18” x 9”). As this is light, non-greasy fare, one pie should suffice for 2 - 3 people. Prices are reasonable given the high cost of organic ingredients. Pies start at $12 for a large cheese and top out at $21 for the Philly steak pizza. Salads and sandwiches average about $9.
Start off with a colorful roasted beet and feta salad mixed with peppery arugula and candied walnuts or the chicken bruschetta made with free-range chicken. When it comes to pies one can go the traditional route with toppings like pepperoni (albeit the organic kind) and Italian sausage or opt for vegetables like Portobello or crimini mushrooms, artichokes, kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. One can also experiment with different types of cheese toppings as gorgonzola, feta, vegan soy cheese and goat cheese are all available.
Desserts like the vegan and gluten-free homemade brownie can pass muster against its dairy-and-egg laden competitors while the chocolate calzone is a decadent treat.
Verdict: It may sound like health food, but rest assured, with crispy crusts and fresh toppings this organic pizza holds up against its more commercial competitors.
Pizza Fusion, 14815 Biscayne Blvd, 305-405-6700