Five best Cuban pizza places in Hialeah

Everything personal pizza at Polo Norte in Hialeah (photo by Liban B. Iraola / South Florida Media Network)

Cuban pizza isn’t as popular as, say, ropa vieja. It’s not in the league of moros, plátanos maduros or cafe Cubano. But what makes it a sought-after dish, particularly in Hialeah, are toppings like sliced bananas, sweet plantains, shrimp, lobster, guava and picadillo studded with salty green olive rings and sugary raisins.

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If just that description makes you hungry, then read on to learn about the best places to grab a pie in our subtropical center of el sabor de la isla.

Everything is family pizza at Polo Norte location in Hialeah. (Liban B. Iraola /SFMN)

Polo Norte Restaurant
2050 W 56th St. 
Hialeah 
(305) 825-2600

Raul Busquet is the founder and owner of all five locations of Polo Norte across Miami-Dade. The restaurant offers a wide variety of Cuban food. Busquet says that Cuban-style pizza has included the same flavors since 1994. The restaurant serves personal and family-size pies. The prices for the personal option range from $6.50 to $11.95. The family-size pizzas go between $14.75 and $28.95. Polo Norte offers different toppings from the traditional jam, pepperoni or Hawaiian to shrimp, lobster, ripe plantain, and guava dessert pizza. Customers can dine in, pick up or take out within delivery distance. 

Half bacon, half onion family pizza. (photo courtesy of Tio Colo’s Facebook page)

Tio Colo 
8051 W 24 Ave. Hialeah 
(855) 846-2656

Tio Colo is a small family takeout business. The store is located in a strip mall close to the Palmetto Expressway and Interstate 75. We recommend a GPS to find the location because it is hidden among other stores. Tio Colo is a very popular spot for ice cream sandwiches and shakes as well. However, the generously topped pizzas with the soft middle and crunchy edges keep people returning. The staff is friendly, and the service is very quick. Personal pizza prices range from $5 to $8, and family size goes for $13 to $18. 


Cuban pizzas at Pa Comer Cuban Pizza ( photo courtesy of Elizabeth Borges, owner)

Pa Comer Cuban Pizza
455 W 23rd St. Hialeah
(786) 431-1029

The pizzeria is located only one block west of the intersection of Red Road and West 23rd Street in Hialeah. The prices start at $6 for a cheese pie, and each additional topping costs $1.50. The fresh-tasting dough loaded with cheese from center to edge makes the pizzas very appealing to the palate. They only sell personal-size. It’s a small location with a capacity for six people, but offers takeout and delivery. 

Pizza mixta at El Palenque Pizzeria (Fabian Osorio/SFMN)

El Palenque Pizzeria
801 E 25 St. Hialeah
(786) 444-0889

You can enjoy a variety of flavors at this location: napolitana (cheese), ham, chorizo, mushrooms, pepperoni, chopped onions, beacon, Hawaiian, vegetables and mixta. They only offer personal-size,  and the prices range from $5 to $8. Each additional topping costs $1. They are open 24 hours and offer takeout. It’s located inside a gas station, but don’t let that fool you — this is the real thing.

Half platano, half picadillo pizza personal at El Palenque Pizzeria (Fabian Osorio/SFMN)

Rey’s Pizza 
2908 West 3rd Avenue, Hialeah
(305) 887-3762

Rey’s Pizza is open 24 hours and has nine locations in Miami. Highlights include the picadillo and banana. Prices start at $7.25 for personal-size pies and at $15.70 for the large variety. Additional toppings include extra cheese, chorizo,  picadillo,  shrimp, vegetables and sauce. Topping prices range from 50 cents to $3 for personal-size pizzas. Customers can dine in, pick up or order through Uber Eats.

 

Fabian Osorio is a Colombian-Canadian senior student at FIU pursuing a bachelor's degree in broadcast media and a master's in Spanish language journalism. He has extensive experience in coordinating social media platforms, writing, photography, and videography. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he wants to work for the Hispanic television network in Miami, becoming a strong voice for the Hispanic community.

Liban is a journalism student at FIU. He is currently enrolled in a dual program majoring in Broadcast Media and taking graduate Spanish journalism classes. He is hoping to finish his masters in Spanish journalism in the summer of 2022.