Frankie’s Pizza in Westchester, Florida

If you want to talk landmarks, Frankie’s Pizza in Westchester is the poster boy for that in Miami.

Frankie’s Pizza History

Frank Pasquarella and his wife Doreen vacationed in Miami during their honeymoon. Shortly after that, the Pasquarella’s would permanently move from Steubenville, Ohio, to the Magic City.

They secured a veteran’s administration loan to open their original Frankie’s Pizza location near the University of Miami.

Frankie's Pizza in the Miami Herald April 6, 1955
Fictitious Name Registration, Miami Herald March 23, 1955

On Valentine’s Day in 1955, they opened their doors. A slice of their Chicago-style pizza would set you back ten cents back then.

A few years later, they would open their now-iconic restaurant in a developing part of town. The community of Westchester would grow up around Frankie’s Pizza while enjoying their pies.

Frankie’s became known for their square pies and the free slice on top of every box of pizza to-go. Frank and Doreen’s daughters Roxanne and Renee would gradually assume a leadership role after Frank suffered a stroke in 1980.

After Doreen’s (February 10, 2002) and Frank’s (December 10, 2005) passing, the business officially became theirs.

Norman's Market - November of 1957
Norman’s Market would become Frankie’s Pizza in November 1957
Frankie's Pizza in the Miami Herald July 3, 1958
Ad in the Miami Herald July 3, 1958
Frankiemobile, the best kind of advertising

Still Chugging Along

Luckily there is nothing to worry about; it’s as if Frank and Doreen were still there. Everything that made Frankie’s Pizza special, from their grandmother’s secret Italian recipe to the scratch-made tomato sauce, is still done.

The three-step rising and cooking process for the dough is another thing that makes that crust so unique. Hell, even the cheese is still shredded daily. In 2010, the part of Bird Road where Frankie’s Pizza sits is known as Frank Pasquarella Way.

Local historian Cesar Becerra’s documentary and 60-page booklet about Frankie’s Pizza is a must for any true Miami food fan. Both are for sale at the restaurant, along with their cool retro red ringer tees.

Frankie's Pizza - Miami Herald March 29, 1981
Miami Herald March 29, 1981
Frankie's Pizza DVD
Following Frankie: Sauce Intonations of Miami’s Pizza King DVD by Cesar Becerra
Frankie's Pizza Poster
Booklet Cover Poster

My Frankie’s Pizza Experience

I grew up in Westchester, so I’ve known Frankie’s Pizza my whole life. My late godmother would buy my sister and me pizza from Frankie’s as a special weekend treat.

Now many years later, I’m still a fan of not only the business but also of its owners Renee, and Roxanne, super cool folks. I still get excited whenever I see their iconic old-school sign lit up at night.

Plus, I’m going steady with their pepperoni slices, real love, not that love at first sight nonsense. Of course, since they’ve been around so long, they do have their naysayers, but it doesn’t matter to me.

Frankie’s Pizza tastes like my childhood, and that’s something that won’t be replicated.

Frankie’s Pizza
9118 Bird Road
Miami, FL

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Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Renee & Roxanne original Frankie's design artwork & RC Cola thermometer
Owners Renee & Roxanne with the original design artwork for the sign & RC Cola thermometer
Frankie's Pizza Employees
The Team

Frankie’s Pizza Food Pictures

Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza
Ground Beef & Pepperoni Pizza
Ground Beef & Pepperoni Pizza
Sausage & Onion Pizza
Sausage & Onion Pizza

4 thoughts on “Frankie’s Pizza in Westchester, Florida”

  1. I grew up down the street from Roxanne and Renne, so our family has been eating this pizza since, before I could walk. There is no other pizza in the world like Franks’s original recipe. Frank was such a great guy to talk to when I was a kid and always bought our football team a pie when we won a game! I’ve traveled a lot and there is no place like home, Bird Road food and the crown of that realm is Frankies Pizza

  2. Been going to Frankie’s since the 1960’s!! I remember when I was little like seven or eight years old my parents used to sneak out at night and go buy a pizza from there after we were all sleep in bed and that would be their treat for the night that they would share together. It’s been our favourite pizza place ever since!! BEST pizza ever

  3. I have been going to Frankie’s since 1960 when I was 10 years old. I am now 71 and drive once every 2 weeks from Kendall to pick up Frankie’s. Roxanne and I believe I am in the top 3 of customers who have been going to Frankie’s. 61 years!! A true treasure!!


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