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Mar 26, 2006 01:05 AM


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your Top 3 appreciated wherever you reside in the FLA

Here go mine...

2. rustica
3. RusticA

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  1. You are not even right in south beach...I can't speak for all florida, but here are some of the best in miami.

    Hosteria Romana - espanola location - no Idea about ocean drive...

    12 Replies
    1. re: T. Pigeon


      Another vote for Anthony's Coal Fired

      Umberto's of Long Island on Commercial Blvd - Grandma's Pizza

      Vito's Gourmet Pizza - Federal Highway in Lauderdale. Thin and crispy style.

      1. re: Little J

        Made the 200 mile trek to Ft.lauderdale to try Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. My opinion?? Overated!
        The Pizza didn't have sauce! Stewed tomatoes are not sauce. The dough was a little too doughey. I also ordered extra cheese which I would also not reccommend. As far as atomosphere,,It was packed at 9:30 pm and the place closes at 10pm. We had a small wait for a table that was inches from the table next to us. It was like being in the middle of two conversations. The Pizza was also a little overpriced and there was an obvious "hurry up and eat" atomosphere. Anthony's might be good, but it's not the best!

        1. re: mountdorahound

          I agree, I think Anthony's is wildly overrated.

          1. re: mountdorahound

            We didn't like Anthony's either. We ordered it to go- we just moved here and someone recommended it. The crust was burnt, it hardly had any cheese or sauce. We feel like we paid $18.00 for about $1 worth of food!

        2. re: T. Pigeon

          Excellent choices...

          Tutto??? Where's that?

          I'll still stick with my Rustica though! You just can't get pizza like that anywhere else and as a pizza starving NY'r down here for 20 years in the FLA, it's the only one I can eat without the lamentation of it not being the real thing!

          I see Mario the Baker is opening over on Biscayne Blvd in the 20's...any reviews on their pies from NMB?

          And remember...
          Pizza is like sex! A good pizza is great! A bad pizza is still good!!!

          keep on posting YOUR TOP PIZZA FLA (3) por favore!

          1. re: netmover

            Tutto Pizza/Pasta is in the Brickell area, 1753 SW 3rd Ave to be exact. Reight next door is an italian place owned by the same people hence the name.

            1. re: netmover

              net mover- ha ha! Sometimes Pizza is better! Except frozen pizza! Fresh good pizza is SO good, no one will ever come up with a frozen version real Pizza lovers will like. Thank God for take out!
              Where is the best pizza in the Plantation area- have only tried ACF Pizza and Pizzatime.

            2. re: T. Pigeon

              Rustica's Canadian Bacon/Chicken/Corn Pizza is the BEST slice they have. Only the Lincoln Road location makes it.

              Andiamo is a very close second (Biscayne and 54th?)

              Where can I get some good Chicago-style pizza near SoBe or Downtown??? Ever since visiting Chi-town I have been close to being desperate enough to order a frozen one online from Giordano's!!!

              1. re: ellynet

                Flying it in is not the worst thing to do :) I used to do that with Geno's when I flew to Chi town frequently for work.

                The closest (and even that may be a strech) I think is a place called the Big Tomato on US 1 in Pinecrest (a bit aways from your area I'm sorry to say). The pies are definitely nicely done and they also have very good salads and wraps. Here's a link for you to see:

                1. re: ellynet

                  I think I am going to order one of those Giordano's. I saw some deep dish on top chef and desperately desired, I can get some...thanks!

                  1. re: ellynet

                    We visit Tampa ~4 times a year from Omaha. I get really hungry for Giordano's in Chicago because I go there about once every 4 years. Imagine my amazement when driving around Tampa, I found two of them. I had no idea they were located in Chicago and Tampa.

                  2. re: T. Pigeon

                    Andiamo is hands down my favorite in Miami. The Genovese is to die for.

                  3. 1. Del Dio in Altamonte Springs
                    2. Alfonso's in College Park
                    3. Brooklyn on Fairbanks in Winter Park and Curry Ford Road in Orlando


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                    1. re: Bob Mervine
                      Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      Bob, I have a new pizzeria for you to check out: Lazy Moon Pizza! It's on University and Alafaya, right near the main entrance to UCF, tucked in a mall with restaurants of every ethnicity, including at least three other pizza or Italian places. I think it's relatively new. It's a very "collegey" layout, with a long room, art and stickers on the walls, a bar, and an open pizza preparation area behind the counter. All they offer is pizza, salads, and a vast beer selection, but I have to tell you, this pizza impressed the hell out of me.

                      The slices are HUGE. I was shocked at first to see slices are $3.00, but they're longer than your inner forearm, from the crook of your elbow to the midpoint of your palm, and quite wide. It's that perfect New York style slice: thin and flat, perfectly crispy out of the oven, but with a softness to it. The cheese is nice and melty, and I was happy to see it wasn't overly greasy and drippy, a problem among too many by-the-slice pizzerias. You definitely get what you pay for, if not more.

                      The toppings are excellent too. You have all your usuals, but really nice gourmet upgrades such as applewood-smoked bacon, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, carmelized onions, different sausage varieties, and more.

                      Like I said, a plain slice is $3, but they have an excellent deal, the Boxcar Willie Special, which is a slice and a pint glass of Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3.50. Hey, you're gonna want a drink anyway, and that's cheaper than a soda. And to quote Vincent Vega, I'm not talking about no paper cup, I'm talking about a GLASS of BEER! (To me, as much as I loved my Belgian ales and my Guinness, you can't go wrong with PBR, the prince of cheap domestic beers.)

                      A large (plain cheese) pizza there will set you back $20 (if I recall correctly), but it's 30" in diameter. The lovely waitress told me that one guy came in and ate a whole large pizza by himself in an hour and 20 minutes or so, but they're always looking to break the record. I might be crazy, I told her upon ordering a second slice after devouring my Boxcar Willie Special, but I ain't stupid.

                      So I recommend it. It's a bit of a trek to head down to the UCF area, but for a huge slice of fresh, crisp, delicious pizza, it's so well worth it. I think Lazy Moon is also open until 2 or 3 AM, so I guess they're targeting the "munchies" crowd too. Can't say I blame them -- I hope they do well, and establish dominance in the strip mall with so many other options, pizza and otherwise.

                      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                        Lazy Moon has a great college atmosphere, and a wonderful beer selection but I think the pizza falls a little short. The toppings are good but the cheese is non-existent. Just a little sprinkle on top to where I can about count the individual shreds. In my oppinion it's good they have a gimmick that their pizzas are huge because I think the actual pie falls short. I guess this all just comes down to the old "best pizza" debate and I'm probably alone in my disent because everyone one this side of town seems to love it.

                        1. re: frienetic
                          Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                          Hey, it's all good. My only complaint is that they probably could put on more cheese.

                            1. re: frienetic

                              1. Del-dio. Just had it the other day and I agree, the best I've had so far in Orlando

                              2. Brooklyn pizza. Very good but just a shade under Del-dio

                              3. Pie in the Sky. Not nearly on par with the others but it was my first pizza experience when I moved here. Back then they had great prices and they still load their pizzas with toppings and cheese. Sure this masks everything else but still yummy.

                              Hard to say if these are the best but these are my favorites so far. The quest for the best pizza is a never ending one.

                      2. re: Bob Mervine

                        Where is this Del Dio located in Altamonte Springs? I'm pretty familiar with Altamonte's food choices, but I've never heard of this one...

                      3. Pizza Rustica (sobe)
                        Mauro's (Hollywood)
                        Spris (sobe)

                        1. j
                          Johnny Majors

                          Abatino no doubt about it

                          1. If you want an excellent gourmet pizza and are in the West Palm Beach downtown area, Check out Pizza Girls, not your Mommas Pizza but best I think you'll find in West Palm Beach