For over two years, the aptly named ‘The Alley’ has sat nestled in the breezeway connecting Ocean Drive to Collins Avenue, making it a truly hidden gem. The Betsy Hotel trattoria is a welcoming and cozy spot unlike what you would expect to find on South Beach. 

The Laurent Tourondel concept is not short on flavor or thoughtfulness as it serves up approachable Italian that is friendly on the pocket. Setting out to make the best pizza crust, Tourondel has landed on a recipe that makes all the difference. What’s more is the detail that Executive Chef Danny Ganem and Chef de Cuisine John Kreidich put into harvesting seasonal ingredients from local farms to dream up specials that will keep you coming back for more. 

But it’s not just the myriad of pizza options, like the Insulata or Fungi and Tartufo, you’ll be drooling over. There is something for everyone on the menu. Some pro tips: the meatballs are a classic beginning to the meal and you can add in a zucchini salad (Zucchine e Rucola) for a fresh and insanely tasty start. When it comes to pasta, you can’t go wrong with any of the handmade options. And when it is time for dessert, the Frozen Orange tastes exactly like that Creamsicle you used to eat after school growing up. 

The Alley is where you go whether you are coming in from the beach or not. As you enter, you feel as though you’ve arrived at grandma’s house where you can kick back and eat a meal you’ll be telling all your pals about. It’s a place ripe for locals. With so much made in-house, from the pasta to the inevitable gelato to close your meal, this gem is the unpretentious South Beach hang you’ve been looking for. 

And if you happen to be in a rush, don’t fret. Their ventinita is stocked with grab-and-go items like pizza by the slice, crepes, gelato, and cold-brew coffee. And while you are in the area, be sure to take in the beautiful surroundings. From the orb, which actually serves as a bridge between two of The Betsy Hotel’s wings, to the poetry rail that displays the words of 13 poets connected to Miami, this isn’t just any old alleyway. 

Work up an appetite via these FujifilmGirl photos and then swing by the restaurant which is open daily 12PM – 11PM or the ventinita 12PM – 8PM.