“People are the best thing that can happen to anyone.”
These are the words you see when you first walk into MidiCi, Fort Lauderdale’s newest foodie hot spot and self-dubbed “fast-fine” pizzeria. Located in the rapidly growing Flagler Village section of Fort Lauderdale, the Italian franchise founded by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owner Amit Kleinberger was indeed made for millennials. It’s open late on Thursday through Sunday, affordably priced, and free of any TVs so that customers can connect with each other sans technology. There are even Polaroid cameras guests can use as well as a string board for displaying pictures.
Most of MidiCi’s ingredients are non-GMO, and that goes for their pizza flour as well. The dough that makes up their 22 different pizzas has only four ingredients: double zero Neapolitan flour, sea salt, water and yeast. Although pizza is their specialty, they offer artisan meat and cheese boards and a selection of burrata and salads.
The atmosphere is that of a fine Italian restaurant, but you can still feel comfortable walking in wearing jeans and a T-shirt. The hub is the center of the restaurant, where orders are taken and all their food is made. In the back sits a real 50-year-old olive tree that gets watered and miraculously gets enough sun.
Even taking a trip to the ladies’ room made for an exciting experience.
Once you’ve ordered, you can grab your own spices, such as red pepper flakes, oregano and even minced garlic.
My tastebuds sang after trying the creamy burrata with artichokes, grape tomatoes and kalamata olives. This could have been an entree instead of an appetizer, and balsamic vinegar added kick to the simple yet delicious olive oil flavoring.
The classic Margherita, a best-seller and one of their whopping 22 different pizzas, had a perfectly crispy yet chewy crust. It’s the perfect size for a personal pizza, but you could also easily share it with a friend and order an appetizer as well.
The Nutella calzone was a unique and awesome take on dessert. Filled with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with just a touch of Nutella, it was just sweet enough to cleanse the palate. The calzone dough, which at first would seem more suited for cheese, pleasantly made the overall dessert feel like a pastry.
Pizza lovers in Broward County, rejoice! MidiCi is the new place to flock to for good eats, good company and good vibes.
MidiCi is open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; and Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Olivia Feldman is a contributor for The South Florida Sage. Her favorite foods are anything that involves pasta and her mom’s cooking. When she’s not eating and drinking her way through South Florida, you can find her going to concerts, planning her next travel destination, and hosting her biweekly music show, “Back in Our Minds,” on Jolt Radio. You also can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @oliviafelds All images appearing in this post photographed by Olivia.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary tasting at MidiCi.