A tiny little spot tucked away behind the corner of 34th street and North Miami avenue would be hard to find if not for the colorful creature painted on the wall. A tiny space, maybe, but huge as far as quality and service! What else matters?
This place was recommended by a friend who has a good eye for restaurants. So, following her advice, one sunday afternoon I dragged my husband, daughter and two dogs out of the house to sample Proof for a late lunch.
As soon as we walked into the lovely patio, we were greeted and so were our dogs. As we sat down at a table, both Fiji and Sarah were served a huge bowl of fresh water without even asking. Thoughtful to say the least.
Although the menu was small, which can sometimes be a good thing, it had some tempting items like the shaved Brussels sprout salad with apple cider, Gorgonzola, pecans and dried cranberries for $11. Deliciously crunchy, sweet, savory and mildly tangy with just the right amount of Gorgonzola that gives it a kick without overpowering the dish, something that often happens in the US. No need for that. In this case, less is more!
And although I am not a big fan of pizza, when it’s done right I cannot resist a bite. My daughter’s Margherita for $12 was baked in a 900 degree wood burning oven. I could see on her face that she had no intention of sharing it with anyone, but I was hoping to get a taste of the edges she usually leaves on her plate. This time, this was not going to happen so I begged for a piece until she begrudgingly obliged. Both homemade sauce and mozzarella were divine, and the dough was uniquely soft and airy. It’s no wonder she ate it all.
I can’t wait to come back to try their oxtail pizza, their chestnut agnolotti or their snickerdoodle cookie dough macaron sandwich made with toasted cinnamon ice-cream. How more creative can you get? This place is certainly Proof that good food and great service are still standing in Miami.
Proof Pizza & Pasta
3328 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Tel (786) 536 9562