Miami’s first artisanal donut shop is about to go national
Owners: Amanda Pizarro & Andy Rodriguez
Until late 2015, you couldn’t find an Instagram-worthy donut in Miami -- a fact that seems ludicrous to anyone living in another major US city. It seemed pretty crazy to Amanda Pizarro, 28, and her husband, Andy Rodriguez, 30, too, who opened The Salty Donut as a pop-up, operating out of an Airstream trailer in the hip Wynwood neighborhood two and a half years ago.
“We were always traveling everywhere… traveling to eat food,” Pizarro says. “Every city had their own donut shop, and then we would come back home to Miami and were like wait… we can’t go anywhere to satisfy that craving.”
Neither spouse had technical baking experience, or formal training in the food industry, period. Rodriguez spent his twenties as a serial entrepreneur and Pizarro had just graduated college with a degree in marketing. So, they teamed up with pastry chef Max Santiago (who has since moved on) and gave Miami its first taste of craft donuts: year-round flavors like maple bacon and the Cuban-inspired guava and cream cheese, and weekly, seasonal options like a grapefruit and strawberry brioche. (There’s even a booze-spiked donut hole.) Besides the unique flavors, each pastry is decorated into a piece of edible art -- which has earned Salty over 137,000 Instagram followers.