Why this sleek Miami Beach restaurant became a pizza and burger joint for the summer

It's called Pizza & Burger and that's exactly what you get. (Handout)

The who: The summer of pop-up’s continues with Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach being taken over by Pizza & Burger, Michael’s Backyard Kitchen. The pop-up will run through Labor Day. 

The space: The subterranean dining room below the hotel’s lobby has been given playful elements with the addition of a Foosball table, photo booth, card games at the tables and servers outfitted in suspenders and Converse sneakers. The restaurant’s proximity to the hotel’s mega-club makes it the ideal pit stop for fueling up before or after a night at LIV.

The dishes: Hearty American classics with Mina’s sophisticated tweaks. So do expect foie gras and lobster — trademarks of Mina’s fine dining menus — to be here (albeit as pricey add-on’s to the burgers). Two types of pizza, classic and focaccia crusted, are offered as are half a dozen types of burgers. Prices are wallet-friendlier than the space’s usual menu with burgers $17–$22, pizzas $17–$39 and family style salads $12-$28.

Snacks to start include panko-crusted onion rings, chicken wings and sourdough toast topped with house made ricotta. The South Beach salad is a mix of kale, radicchio, grapefruit and avocado or you can opt for the Market and build your own salad with up to ten items. Burgers trot around the globe with The Cuban Frita — beef, chorizo, smoked paprika aioli and crispy potato to the lamb topped with chermoula yogurt and fennel.

Pizzas include The Standard made with crushed San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and sea salt,  The Surf with butter-poached lobster, chanterelle charred corn and summer truffle and The Parmigiano topped with fried eggplant, meatballs, Sunday sauce, basil and whole milk mozzarella. Grandma’s Style Pizzas are on extra large focaccia crusts, and topped with soppressata, pepperoni, bacon, hot coppa and peppadew peppers.

Desserts keep the party going with Rocky Road Profiteroles, huge slabs of carrot cake and an ice cream sundae with all the fixings. 

Bottom line: A more casual, wallet-friendly concept pops up just in time for summer.