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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...

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    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 some...now, 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

                            1. Leonardo's in Gainesville (the one by campus, not Leonardo's 706 or whatever the one downtown is - that one is all pretentious and weird).

                              Haven't found anywhere to compare to that to be worthy of ranking #2.

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                              1. re: John

                                If in Bradenton, no. of Sarasota 15 min. you have to try Casa Di Pizza. Fantastic! Excellent Buffalo NY Pizza and Buffalo booster pizzaria.

                                1. re: netmover

                                  Um, that I like it?

                                  For the type of pizza involved -- that round, extremely thin-crust pie that originated in New York in the around 1900 -- the coal oven cooks at a higher temperature than other types of pizza ovens. Hotter is better in this case. The pizza cooks quickly, the crust gets a bit charred, the meat toppings get browned and the vegetables sear and carmelize. Unless you're an oncologist, what's not to like?

                                  1. re: hatless

                                    you convinced me...thanks! I saw a coal fire joint in NYC, in the Village it had been thee since the early 1900's. And now Anthony's seems to have set the Gold Coast on fire with this new in FLA/old in NYC cooking concept. Charred doe though? The unburnt parts must be soo good you can overlook that major faux paux.

                                    1. re: hatless

                                      Don't like the charred, burnt taste anymore than burnt toast and the toppings didn't make up for it. I've only had take out but both times, it was just awful.

                                  2. My girlfreind who is from NY loves Alexander's Italian market here in MountDora. She says it is the best pizza in Florida. They also have a good specialty pizza. French onion is my favorite!
                                    Stavaro's(I think that is how they spell it!) is also good but it is a chain that varries from location to location.

                                    I have also found great pizza in Daytona. One joint on A1A at seabreeze blvd that is open all night. Can't remember the name.

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                                    1. re: mountdorahound

                                      Is Naples the place you're talking about in Daytona?

                                      Best pizza in Daytona is Pete's Pizza, in the shopping center on the northeast corner of Beville and Nova.

                                    2. I've tried many of the places above and am still searching for my favorite in Miami. I tried Rustica and didn't like it. It had potential, but the cheese taseted like glue. I think they might have undercooked it. I was in Los Angeles last weekend and noticed that they opened Rustica on Sunset. I didn't know it was national. I'm trying Steve's on Biscayne tonight and will report back if it's any good.

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                                      1. re: scscr

                                        Steve's is ok...although their sauce is a little too sweet for me. Which Rustica did you go to? Most are franchised and I fear the quality differs from one locatiion to the next. I like Rustica, because there is nothing comparable to NY Pizza done here. Rustica does not try to be NYP, it is in a category all unto itself. With so many styles there must be one that will tickle your taste buds! Washington Ave and 9th is the original...and after a hard night of sobe partying there is no equal. 4 cheese and Veggie are among the best...

                                        1. re: netmover

                                          Just had Steve's and it is now at the top of my Miami list. I agree that the sauce is too sweet (I was going to post that before I read your comments) and I prefer fennel seeds in my sausage, but it was pretty good and the best I've tried so far.

                                          I went to the rustica on 9th and Washington during the day and had a combo slice. I liked the way that they cut it into small squares and the crust was buttery and crispy. I prefer New York style, but I appreciated the diferent style. The cheese ruined it as it was gooey and almost made it unedible. I saw another post that you need to ask that it is cooked extra long, so maybe I'll try that another night.

                                          1. re: scscr

                                            ya that leave it in a little longer @ rustica was my post...it definately makes a big difference.

                                            Try Franks out on Bird Rd. It's been voted best a bunch of times...I'm not convinced. It too is square, although nothing like rustica. Kind of like the old 24 cuts. when I'm that far west on Bird Rd, I usually just go to Arbetters Hot Dog Joint which is also a Miami institution.

                                            1. re: netmover

                                              Ah, I'm from Kendall, so I grew up going to Arbetters for hot dogs. I moved about two years ago -- please tell me they're still in business! I've never had Frank's Pizza on Bird Road, though. My family was extremely loyal to Anthony's on North Kendall Drive for almost two decades, until they moved or closed (not sure which) in the late '90s.

                                              1. re: netmover

                                                Isn't it Frankie's Pizza? I don't like Arbetters any more. The quality of the dog is no longer there. <p>
                                                My vote for best pizza is John the Baker in Pembroke Pines. Or Mario the Baker on West Dixie. I also really like the pizza at Domineco's -- a tiny place in Miami Lakes. He makes pizza that reminds me very much of the home-made pizza my grandma used to make. I have tried to make pizza at home and could never duplicate the taste of the one she made. Domineco's comes close.

                                                1. re: Sloppy eater

                                                  Just an FYI, John the baker was sold and is now Joey the baker in Pembroke pines. I think the guys that used to make the pizza's bought it) The pizza is just as good when well done and the garlic rolls are really good too. Definately high on my pizza list.

                                                2. re: netmover

                                                  You're right...it is Frankie's. And, I am sorry to say, you are right about Arbetters too, I'm afraid. The dog quality is definately not where it used to be.

                                                  Where's John The Baker?

                                            1. I second the vote for Giordano's, a Chicago institution. For a good Italian--really Italian--pizza pie, Cafe Milano in downtown Clearwater offers a sizable selection of pizza choices whose origins hail from Milan, Tuscany, etc. www.bestcafemilano.com. John's Chicago pizza on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater is another good choice for those looking for a down-home neighborhood pizza joint--the kind I grew up in in the Chicago 'burbs.

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                                              1. re: laurie

                                                Them CHI-town pies are good yet seriously lacking here on the eastside of FLA. I only know of one decent one over here: Capone's Flicker Light on A1A in Hollywood Beach. If any one has some good recommendations for CHI-town pie on the eastside of FLA, please bestow them upon us...thanx.

                                                1. re: netmover

                                                  Original Chicago Deep Dish with Mini Meatballs from Capone's Flicker Lite A1A in Hollywood Beach on the Intercoastal Waterway (North Lake)

                                              2. Anybody in or near Boca Raton, try Red Rock coal fired pizza. It's the real thing.

                                                1. Pisa Pizza and Positano, both on West Colonial Drive (one at Hiawassee and one at Good Homes Rd) have very good pizza. But I also like Leonardo's in Gainesville.

                                                  1. Sorry, I meant to say the first two places, Pisa Pizza and Positano, are in Orlando.

                                                    1. John the Baker is located on Pines Blvd, West of Flamingo Road. Just across from CD Smith park, in the same shopping area as Home Depot. Thin crust pizza. Good garlic rolls -- maybe a little too heavy on the garlic.

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                                                      1. re: Sloppy eater

                                                        that's good to know as I find myself at PIA 2x a week. Also over in that shopping area is La Granja and Latin American Grill(originally from Miami Lakes-not to be confused with Latin American Cafeteria) both are excellent choices when in that neck of the woods. I'll have to give JTB's a try! Thanks.

                                                      2. yes, I like Latin American Grill. How is La Granja? I haven't tried it yet.

                                                        1. 1st and foremost thanks mucho for the John the Baker tip! Good call! I was lucky enough to show up tonight, Tuesday, for their 6.99 large cheese special, which I had them add sausage to(a little skimpy on the topping) but the pie was super! Maybe they skimp on toppings when it's the special? Anyway, those "World Famous Garlic Rolls" live up to their moniker...they are unreal! And a side of meatballs with a nice red sauce. What else is good there? I really liked it, and plan to go back again and again and again...

                                                          That area of Pembroke Pines has some great comfort food. La Granja is top notch Peruvian style rotisserie chicken and well worth a visit. Be sure to try the sauces which they have along the front counter in ketchup style squirt bottles and are not to be confused with the bins of onion sauces in the salad bar. And just like John the Baker, it's very easy on the budget!

                                                          Good food at a good price never goes out of style!

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                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                            I heard John the Baker in Pembroke Pines closed, can anyone confirm that?

                                                            Also, had some half baked Frankie's Pizza tonight from out on Bird Rd (Miami)and must say it was very good. Not too thick for square slices and although this pizza reminds me a little of my NY elementary school pizza, it's still better than most down here. It's definately original in the MIA that much is for sure.

                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                              It was sold to the guys that have made the pizza for years. It is now called Joey the Baker and is in the same location. Pizza is still consistently good

                                                          2. NY Roma in Coconut Grove for an accurate/adecuate interpretation of NY Pizza...

                                                            1. Zuccarelli's in West Palm Beach.

                                                              1. They got Zuccarelli's in Broward too, no?

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                                                                1. re: netmover

                                                                  Nope . . . In Broward the restaurant is Zuccarello's (with an "O"). Completely different operation. Zuc's in WPB is great!

                                                                2. PIZZA TIME IN CORAL SPRINGS....

                                                                  1. Alright...I am hearby changing my top three (3), sorry, but change is a chowhound's perogative!

                                                                    1. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

                                                                    2. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

                                                                    3. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

                                                                    Honorable mention: Pizza Rustica.

                                                                    The coal fired process along with the amazing tomotoe/sauce and top notch mozzarella make this one of the best pies I have ever eaten. And having lived half my life in NY and spent several weeks in Chitown, that's saying a lot!

                                                                    Wait patiently FLA, they'll be in a town near you before long. Just three years old and they already have 3 or 4 stores open with 3 or 4 coming soon. I reckon they'll be in the other important FLA cities within the next three years. They are well worth the wait, and should you find yourself in SOFLA, stop by during off hours, I hear the wait can be maddening!

                                                                    Viva Anthony's Viva Coal Fired Pizza...

                                                                    1. Has anyone tried the pizza at Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies in Hollywood?

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                                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                                        Sonny's Pizza is not worthy of missing their Steak Hogies for...

                                                                      2. Tampa has one of the top 10 in the country - Gourmet Pizza Company on Aremenia Ave. in Hyde Park. They were featured in Southwest in flight magazine, so we tried them out and what a find. Small and quaint a little off the beaten path of the Hyde Park restaurant row, but sooooo good. The steak gorgonzola pizza is mouth watering as are the breadsticks.

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                                                                        1. re: pizzafan99

                                                                          I'd give Gourmet Pizza Company just an OK because they at least have some types of pizza other than greasy cheese and red gravy. However, nothing special as far as pizza quality. So far, I like DeLosa's on Henderson in Tampa for Spinach and Feta white pizza, but need to try Cappy's.

                                                                        2. Anybody got any comments about Pizza Fiore in Miami?

                                                                          1. Vic and Angelo's in Palm Beach Gardens pizza is scrumptious. They use New York water, a coal fired oven, and the best quality ingredients. Try the one with meatballs and ricotta, but they're all good, very reasonably priced too. I'm addicted.

                                                                            1. Coal Mine Pizza
                                                                              Red Rock Pizza
                                                                              Renzo's Cafe
                                                                              - All in Boca

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                                                                              1. Brevard County...Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta (in Viera, in the shopping center at the NW corner of Viera & Murrel

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                                                                                1. 1. Satchel's Pizza in Gainesville. (http://www.satchelspizza.com/
                                                                                  )2. Blue Highway Pizzeria in Micanopy. (204 Ne Highway 441, Micanopy, FL 32667)

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                                                                                  1. re: grapefruitgal

                                                                                    Blue Highway is definitely the best pizza to be had anywhere north of Orlando!

                                                                                    204 NE Highway 441
                                                                                    Micanopy, FL 32667
                                                                                    (352) 466-0062

                                                                                    Satchel's is excellent as well, but not as good as Blue Highway.

                                                                                    1. re: maxzook

                                                                                      In June, Blue Highway opened a branch at the Tioga Town Center mall in Newberry:

                                                                                      13005 SW 1st Rd.
                                                                                      Newberry, FL 32669
                                                                                      (352) 505-6833

                                                                                  2. Time we dusted this one off a bit, no?

                                                                                    I got a buddy born and bred on NY Pizza that swears by the slices at Primo's down on 2nd between Collins and Wash in sobe. Can anyone attest to this?

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                                                                                    1. re: netmover

                                                                                      I had a hankering for a Salsbury Steak from Joes only to find out they do not do that dish at Takeaway now. BAM there appeared Primo Pizza on 1st Street between Collins and Washington (right behind Nemo). Thin and nice...

                                                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                                                        For point of reference, how would you compare to Steve's?

                                                                                        1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                          I just finished the crust! I am not sure I ever did that at Steve's. Yeah, I think it's better...simply because I am not a big fan of Steve's sauce...too sweet for me.

                                                                                          Every picture tells a story...but we all know the proof is in the puddin'.

                                                                                          1. re: netmover


                                                                                            Didn't know you were in middle of a bite LOL. TY for pics definitely photos well which is a great start. BTW, I am now going to heat up a couple of Frankies slices in honor of this post (picked up a half-baked pie last night for moments like this). Enjoy the rest of your pie and try not to burn your mouth!

                                                                                            1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                              No worries, down the hatch already! I don't get that whole Frankie's thing. They remind me of the school cafeteria pizza growing up in NY. I guess when compared to the plethora of crap served up at many a pizzaria here in FLA, it's pretty darn good that ole cafeteria pie! Primo is worthy of a try, I look forward to trying it again and it's much more geo-desirable.

                                                                                              I got to try the half-baked pie...it definately has my toes tingling.

                                                                                              And the photo upload option should be used more often, no? It's soo easy! Thanks CH...

                                                                                              1. re: netmover

                                                                                                U know Net I'm a PS kid myself and I understand your reference

                                                                                                You would think that with all the transplanted New Yorkers we would have better options. From reading this thread I take it that Anthony's does a nice job and somebody in the herald just rated their wings best eats or something which is a major double for me(and you too from what I've read). So I will have to try. BTW, do you rec one location over another?

                                                                                                As to Frankies half-baked, the plus is that you can store in frig and takeout during next 2-3 days and heat up in oven (pizza stone optional) and comes out very "fresh". Good option for those of us who live a ways away and don't want to eat standing up at counter or in their "picnic area" around the side which I've only observed pigeons using during all my visits. Lastly, you also get a couple bucks off to boot which helps pay for that gas to and fro :).

                                                                                      2. re: netmover

                                                                                        Primo report, I got a slice with Vodka sauce thinking it would be good...it tasted burnt!

                                                                                        Their Chix Parm Roll, essentially a small calzone, was good as was their regular slice.

                                                                                      3. It may have been mentioned before,

                                                                                        But back in the day, Leonardo's in Cow Town (Gainesville for the uninitiated) did a nice pie which if I remember correctly (sorry that was a lot of brain cells ago for me) was more of a deep dish style.

                                                                                        I know they are still around and wonder how hounds rate them today? Or is there another goto option in G'ville?

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                                                                                        1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                          Leonardo's near campus still has great pizza by the slice, but the go-to place is Satchel's. It's out of the way up in the northeast side of town, but it is well worth the search for some classic Gainesville funky atmosphere and absolutely awesome pizza and calzones. The salad is to die for, too.

                                                                                          By the way, Gainesville is known as Hogtown, not Cow Town.

                                                                                        2. Years ago- before Hurricane Andrew, there was a place down in Naranja just east of US1. It was owned by an elderly Italian couple, and only was open for the winter season. It was to-go only, and because neither the old man or his wife spoke *any* English, just placing the order over the phone was quite a task. But when you arrived to pick up the pizza...


                                                                                          The pie would already be in a box waiting for you. The box would be stapled shut, but they would pry open each staple and open it up to show you the pizza- I guess to make sure that it was what you ordered- it actually would be wrong about half the time, but who cared! It was always perfect, no matter what the topping. They wouldn't slice it either- I think just because it looked so good!

                                                                                          I would imagine that this place is no longer there, but who knows? Next time I'm down that way it would sure be worth looking for...

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                                                                                          1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                            After 24 years in south Florida.I have come to the conclusion that there is no "TOP" Pizza in Florida...For a "TOP" pizza, one has to travel to Ohio to get either a Cassano's , or a Marion's Pizza

                                                                                            1. pusateris chicago pizza stuart, florida

                                                                                              villa rose hollywood florida

                                                                                              camilies lake park florida

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                                                                                              1. re: phatphil

                                                                                                I love Joey D's in Bonita Springs. Its a real find for a pizza joint. Nothing fancy but great service and great NY pizza.

                                                                                                1. re: phatphil

                                                                                                  In Stuart, I always loved Carmela's on Ocean across from Stuart Fine Foods. Then again, I'm not into Chicago style.

                                                                                                2. Casa Di Pizza in Bradenton is outstanding. The original is in Buffalo. Awesome pizza and fantastic wings. Order when you get there and enjoy a few cold Labatts on tap while you wait.

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                                                                                                  1. re: FL_Thirsty_Traveler


                                                                                                    That sounds worthy of checking out next time I'm in B-town visiting my kin...thanx!

                                                                                                  2. I long time devotee of Frankie's in SW Miami, I must now add Anthony's Coal Fired to the very top tier of Miami-Dade. I tasted their coal fired (850 degree ovens) delight today and came away duly impressed.

                                                                                                    I swear the first bite tasted of my childhood in NYC mainly because of the cheese (as good as I've had outside of NY) and cripy crust combo. Unlike what I heard on some posts, the dough wasn't burnt save for the very edges of the crust and I don't mind telling you that I literally nibbled right to that edge, it was that tasty. The sauce was fresh and had a nice consistency (not too thin). All in all one-a great pie.

                                                                                                    Would unequivocally rec to any pizza aficionado!

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                                                                                                    1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                                      What hit me upon first bite of an Anthony's Coal Fired Pie was the blast of tomatoes...they put the sauce on top as opposed to the bottom + they use awesome tomato sauce. Tomatoes do not taste like tomatoes down here. There's nothing like a nice garden grown tomato from NJ or NY for that matter. I always used to wonder what all the hoopla about heirloom tomatoes was, now I know! The way they GMO (genetically modify) fruits, veggies and whatever else they can in the name of the almighty dollar is terrifying.

                                                                                                      I hear you about the wings, they are different and I dig the Rosemary, but what's the point of the cold or luke warm carmelized onions?

                                                                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                                                                        Not too mention sweet jersey corn. Oh my, some butter (don't really need so good) and off you go.

                                                                                                        No doubt that these "hot house"/genetically engineered operations get the size quickly at the expense of the flavor.

                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                          I am also a big fan of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, but I sincerely doubt they are using fresh tomatoes (from NJ or NY or otherwise) for their tomato sauce. Rather I suspect they're using good quality canned Italian tomatoes (i.e. San Marzano).

                                                                                                          Indeed just looked at the website and it says their traditional pie "consists of the finest mozzarella, Italian plum tomatoes, romano cheese, basil and olive oil."

                                                                                                          Nothing wrong with that, good canned tomatoes will usually be better - esp. for pizza sauce - than lousy fresh ones.

                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                            I would tend to agree. High quality canned can impart more of a Concentrated flavor in fact. Like I previously said, the mozza is the killer for me. Finest is a good way to describe it. Anthony's is definitely on my short list of pizza joints in Miami-Dade.

                                                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                              Frod, that comment was in no way meant to infer they were using NJ or NY tomatoes although I can understand where it may have been miscontrued as such. Obviously, they are using the finest Italian canned tomatoes they can...probably San Marzanos just as you duley noted. The thing they do - do is put the tomatoes on top of the cheese as opposed to underneath it, like most pie houses do. This imparts the tomato BAM so to speak. And yeah the Mozz is good too! It all comes together better than anything I've tried down here thus far.

                                                                                                              1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                Net, I had a good Pizza at Macaluso's market recently. Small but very tasty. Check it out

                                                                                                              2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                They do use San Marzano, which I agree with wholeheartedly. You just can't compare the consistency of quality canned tomatoes to fresh tomatoes, not year round and definitely not in Florida. Anthony's does that part very right. The best sauce for pizza is hand-crushed tomatoes, salt, and olive oil. That's it. It should taste like fresh tomatoes.

                                                                                                                That said, Rustica makes better pizzas than almost anyplace in SoFla. They're super creative with their toppings, the crust is thin and crispy, and the sauce is perfect. They don't even use a brick oven, but they're still the best. Coal Mine sucks compared to Anthony's, and Anthony's is pretty good, but not the best.

                                                                                                                1. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                                                  All of this talk about a large chain makes me wonder just how good this place really is. Since there's a new Anthony's nearby in PB Gardens, I might give it a try. However, I doubt that I will be overly impressed.

                                                                                                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                                    Don't pre-judge. It's darn good pizza, chain or no chain. And it's not exactly like they're Pizza Hut - they've got 8 locations all in Palm Beach / Broward / North Miami.

                                                                                                                    1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                                      I whole heartedly agree with Frod's "Don't pre-judge. It's darn good pizza, chain or no chain". However, expansion does always bring into question QC and the jury is still out awaiting the all important test of time.

                                                                                                                      In their corner, I like the fact that they limit (at least so far)their menu to pizza, wings, two focaccia (basically the pizza dough) sandwiches, one salad, and a NY style cheesecake. So hopefully not a lot to go wrong.

                                                                                                                      1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                                                        ding ding ding we have a winner. Yes, it's easy to control quality when you have four menu items... (Do they really have sandwiches? never noticed..that would make 5)

                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                                                                                                          And with that GREAT pie and wings why would you!

                                                                                                                          The menu does list an "Italian Tuna" and "Coal Oven Roast Beef" (guess you can forget about bloody rare like I like my rb :). But like you probably wouldn't order a pizza at Sonny's(like Net said, the cheesesteaks are WAY TOO GOOD!) I don't think I'll be pinch hitting these for the pie and/or wings any time soon either!

                                                                                                                    2. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                                                      While I agree that Rustica offers some great topping choices and is one of the better choices currently available to us, how can you ever say "the crust is thin and crispy"?

                                                                                                                      1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                                                        As opposed to puffy, NY style, yes, it is thin and crispy. Perhaps if you only ever get the slices I could see why you wouldn't find it crispy. But if you order a whole pie, it is usually very firm. With the toppings etc. the finished product is not thin, but the crust most certainly is.

                                                                                                                        1. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                                                          *However, expansion does always bring into question QC and the jury is still out awaiting the all important test of time. *

                                                                                                                          I've been to both a FTL location (on US1) and newer Aventura location and both were solid.

                                                                                                                          *[Rustica] As opposed to puffy, NY style, yes, it is thin and crispy. *

                                                                                                                          I have never experienced a thin and crispy crust at Pizza Rustica. Indeed, I like it despite the puffy doughy crust.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                            I must be crazy then, because I've been eating Rustica for years and I'd never ever call it puffy or doughy.

                                                                                                                            1. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                                                              Let's put it this way - it's certainly not like a NY style thin-crust pizza. I mean it's not like a Sicilian or a Chicago deep dish, but I've always found the crust consistency much closer to a fluffy focaccia than to a typical thin-crust pizza. Not that it's a bad thing.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                Maybe they make it different at the SoBe one. I've never eaten there, only at the Fort Laud location.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                              "I've been to both a FTL location (on US1) and newer Aventura location and both were solid."

                                                                                                                              So far so good!

                                                                                                                              Like sobe and I agree, their menu is small enough that expansion should not hurt QC. Operative word being should. Having said that, they apparently do have an ambitious expansion plan going forward from what I've heard/read.

                                                                                                                2. Carmine's Gourmet market in Palm Beach Gardens is the best in the area. You can also get the same pizza in his La Trattoria restaurant next door to the gourmet market.


                                                                                                                  1. OK I grew up in Kissimmee, Florida and this place introduced me to what NY style Pizza is.. Its called AL's Pizza on BYRAN street off of John Young South Near Osceola High. This guy serves slices out of a small window and usually there is always people waiting for some Crispy Hot Slices
                                                                                                                    In kissimme Hands down the following Independant pizzaria worth pilgrimage for:

                                                                                                                    AL's Real NY STYLE PIZZA
                                                                                                                    Mike'y PIZZARIA
                                                                                                                    NYPD is Pretty good to.

                                                                                                                    After Comparasion these pizza to pizzaria's In NY they are not truely NY but I think i like these more then what they serve in NYC.


                                                                                                                    1. rustica is great compared to ellios(frozen boxed)but but the only thing that is close to decent ny pizza is steves(120thish and biscayne) and its a decent specimen indeed

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                                                                                                                      1. re: tgreene73

                                                                                                                        I too like Steve's pizza and have been eating them for many years now (they also have a location in South Dade on US 1 and 170 something).

                                                                                                                        But after recently trying the Anthony's in Aventura on 179, when on that side of the world in the future I will be skipping Steve's and heading straight there. That's not to say that Steve's has gone down hill, it's just to say that Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is that darn good.

                                                                                                                      2. Hands down, best pizza in Miami, at least if you live in the West (Kendall, Pinecrest area) is Two Brother's Pizza. It's in Kendall, in the old Town and Country Mall. It is a mom and pop's hole in the wall pizzeria (literally, there are about 5 stools inside, and very limited seating outside). Everything is so fresh, so crisp. And you know by the picture of Padre Pio and Sofia Loren hanging on the walls that they don't play with tradition. It's always packed!

                                                                                                                        1. Best ever is Umberto's (of Long Island) in Lauderdale-by-the-sea. This is true southern Italian at it's best.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ladydoc

                                                                                                                            I've not tried Umberto's, but have always been oddly tempted by the "of Long Island" in the name. For some reason that seemed to just lend all sorts of credibility. However, Mrs. F tried it and found it thoroughly mediocre. Unless of course it's a different place. The one I'm thinking of is nowhere by the sea, rather on University Drive around Cooper City.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                              Mr. F-I noticed somewhere else you mentioned Che Soprano's as your delivery go-to. Might I suggest East Side? On NE 79th St, The Surprisingly Hip New Restaurant Row(r) ? The pizzas are pretty tasty. Nothing like Anthony's but certainly better than Steve's, unless it's 3AM.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                                                                                I did East Side pre-makeover when it was Flora's and was underwhelmed, haven't tried since the revamp. I'm all the way on the beach end of the causeway and don't know if they'll deliver over this way or not. Will give it a shot. Always liked the look of that 50's-ish outdoor covered seating area there.

                                                                                                                                Che Soprano has the added bonus of empanadas, the kids like the humita ones.

                                                                                                                          2. Two recommendations:

                                                                                                                            1. Orlando in the UCF area East - Goodfellas...doesnt get much better, and there is ALWAYS a wait.

                                                                                                                            2. Jacksonville Beach - D' Fontana on Penman Road. Amazing pizza, and the best Italian in Jax.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: jtboyd

                                                                                                                              Orlando area -

                                                                                                                              Goodfellas (E Colonial/Alafaya)
                                                                                                                              Stallones (SW part of town, near Kirkman/Conroy)

                                                                                                                              I would have added Costanzos (University/Goldenrod) but they abruptly closed last month, which I'm very sad about.

                                                                                                                              1. re: GreenTeaLatte

                                                                                                                                Anthony's sandwiches are good for lunch, when you don't necessarily want to deal with leftover pizza. I've only had the tuna fish, wchic is dressed in olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper - no mayo, and it is absolutely delicious.

                                                                                                                                Also, I might add, Anthony's did not start out as a chain. When the original location on S. Federal Highway opened in a little non-descript strip mall in 2002(?), it was the only one, and tiny, with maybe 10 tables. It eventually became so packed, with people waiting for hours, that after a year or so, that they expanded to take the space next door, but it was still small. Then they added another location (Weston), which obviously did well, then Pompano, and then suddenly there was an explosion of several more. I used to eat at the original location on a regular basis, and then Pompano opened closer to my house, so I now go to that one, and can say that there is absolutely no difference in quality or flavor.

                                                                                                                                Also, Umberto's of Long Island has two locations in east Ft. Lauderdale, one in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and one in Pompano Beach. I'm not sure about the University Drive one, if they are affiliated, but a couple I know who are from Long Island drive from Lake Worth to eat there. At their recommendation I tried the Grandma's pizza and it was excellent. It does it the same way that Anthony's does, putting the tomatoes on the top, and the crust is crispy-crunchy and not at all doughy, as I usually find "New York Style" pizza to be. I didn't love the atmosphere but I am guessing it is pretty authentic, never having been to Long Island.

                                                                                                                                All that being said, as a native Chicagoan, I have yet to find anything that rivals a good Chicago pizza in S. Florida <sigh>

                                                                                                                                1. re: Mauslein

                                                                                                                                  Uno's doesn't really count as Chicago-style, does it? ;-)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mauslein

                                                                                                                                    Come on up to Tampa! We have two Giordano's (Tampa, Brandon). There's also one in Kissimmee. I hope they'll be expanding throughout Florida.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mauslein

                                                                                                                                      I'm an Umberto's convert. Crust is super crisp, yet has this fleshy, buttery quality inside the outer shell. The sauce and cheese seem to float atop the crust as if suspended, so that each element becomes almost layered. At the same time, the layering never feels like it's going to be compromised or slide off. It's almost as if the crust was blind baked first, but I don't believe that's the case. The flavors are all perfect and simple - tart, sweet crushed tomatoes; creamy, ropey cheese; fruity olive oil; earthy dough with a yeasty nose. The pie (grandma's I believe) runs just $14.95 and can feed two hungry dudes. Great stuff.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mauslein

                                                                                                                                        Anyone looking for Chicago style pizza in South Florida I have two recommendations. For thin crust try Pizza Fusion. They are a small chain with locations in Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach. They boast all organic ingredients and though they don't claim to be a Chicago style pizza I find the hearth baked crust, sauce, and toppings to be pretty authentic.

                                                                                                                                        I don't know of any deep dish pizzas, but there is a place to get Chicago style "Stuffed" pizza! Another small local chain called Giovanni's. They have two locations in East Boca and one in Margate/Coral Springs area. It is very authentic, made in the Giordano's style. They make a thin crust, but it is a New York style and not terribly good.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sellwine72

                                                                                                                                          Ooh, I love stuffed-crust Chicago style pizza! Thanks for the pointer!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sellwine72

                                                                                                                                            Has anyone tried the pizza from Big Tomato in Pinecrest?

                                                                                                                                    2. GIA'S PIZZA ON ROPER BLVD & HWY 27, CLERMONT, FL

                                                                                                                                      1. I love Mazzaro's in St. Petes. It's an Italian market, they only make so much of it/day. Fabulous stuff. We bring it home, but it almost never makes it <g>.


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                                                                                                                                        1. re: fjs08

                                                                                                                                          Mazzaro's makes pizza? I thought they only did sandwiches...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                                            >>Mazzaro's makes pizza? I thought they only did sandwiches...<<

                                                                                                                                            Those too, but their pizza is great. Sandwiches, pasta dishes, coffee bar, wine and cheese room, fresh meat/fish counter, cakes, cookies, gelato, etc, etc.

                                                                                                                                            Check out the pics on this page. You'll get an idea. Personally, I go on sensory overload whenever I go in there!!



                                                                                                                                            1. re: fjs08

                                                                                                                                              Is pizza off-menu? It's not listed on their lunch menu.

                                                                                                                                        2. I dont know what you all like about Anthony's. I think maybe because you're all so used to NY style pizza. Me, Id rather take a slice of NY style pizza over Anthony's any day. I found Anthony's to be totally soggy( too much tomato). I like Carrini's on Hallandale Beach Blvd. When I was growing up, we got pizza from Mario the Baker in Sunrise. Myself( or my spouse who didnt grow up with NY style Pizza) didnt think Anthony's was all that.

                                                                                                                                          I've had much better coal fired( wood oven baked) pizza in Little Italy( in Windsor, Ontario and Toronto). Even my grilled pizza( cook's illustrated recipe) is better than Anthony's. Do a search on my blog for Coal fired pizza and you can see a picture of the pizza we had. It was totally burnt.


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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                            Funny, your pizza at Anthony's was soggy with too much tomato and mine was a little dry with not enough tomato. I had mine on US 1 in Delray Beach. Looks like a consistency problem.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                              Pizza Rustica has a few locations throughout South Beach and has apparently expanded elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                I see there is one in Hollywood. I'll be there in 2 weeks, I'll have to check it out.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                                  The one in Hollywood is not as good as the SoBe locations.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                                                                                                                                    Never made it to the location in Hollywood. However, on my drive back to Ontario from Detroit, I stopped at the location in Clinton Twshp, MI. It was expensive and you could only buy the pizza by the slice. I brought it home, and heated it up. I wasnt impressed.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                                      There are crust issues for many by the slice. It's very much like the politics of the last eight years.

                                                                                                                                                      For those who care most about things from the top down, the pizza is great. From the bottom up, it hasn't worked very well.

                                                                                                                                            2. steves wood fired, and red rock in boca. are the best
                                                                                                                                              jacks is good in west delray.
                                                                                                                                              i agree anthonys is hit or miss. and i had a pizza once at coal mine that had week old garlic on it(burped for hours)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: chefsap

                                                                                                                                                Stop complaining -- Garlic burping is good!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: miamisweet

                                                                                                                                                  Il Panificio in Sarasota has excellent super-thin crust pizza. I like Pane Rustica, Eddie and Sam's, and Cappy's in Tampa, but to my tastes, Il Panificio is in a different league altogether.

                                                                                                                                                  Il Panificio
                                                                                                                                                  1703 Main St.
                                                                                                                                                  Sarasota, FL 941-366-5570

                                                                                                                                                2. Pieducks off Brickell is excellent.

                                                                                                                                                  Rustica is way overrated.

                                                                                                                                                  1. In Metrowest Orlando try Joesies..just a nice Pizza

                                                                                                                                                    1. Best Pizza in Florida? Dominic's Italian Grille in Oldsmar. South end of Boston recipe with dough shipped in from NJ. Hand tossed. He even makes thick crust if you want.

                                                                                                                                                      Check it out! http://www.dominicsgrille.com/

                                                                                                                                                      1. 1. House of Pizza in Kissimmee
                                                                                                                                                        2. Enzo's in Winter Park
                                                                                                                                                        3.Lil' Anthony's in Casselberry

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Cavale

                                                                                                                                                          Anyone beside LargeLife know about the pizza at Capri in Homestead since 1958?

                                                                                                                                                        2. South Beach: Spris (Italian-style) the best 'eat-in'. Primo - (Brooklyn-style) the best 'take-out'. The Vodka pizza is amazing!!!!

                                                                                                                                                          1. In Jacksonville - Riverside area. Vienna Garden (yeah, I know - Vienna Garden?) Was schnitzel (kinda "meh" schnitzel at that) but now is killer pizza.

                                                                                                                                                            There are some issues - see post link - but the pizza is just murder. See the link on another thread:


                                                                                                                                                            1. okay so there are about a zillion reply's before mine but if you HAPPEN to find yourself in old town near orlando don't miss Flippers. sounds like a seafood place but it's all italian and great pizza.

                                                                                                                                                              1. PALM BEACH COUNTY:
                                                                                                                                                                1) FIRE ROCK PIZZA - CLEMATIS STREET - WEST PALM BEACH
                                                                                                                                                                2) PALM SPRINGS PIZZA - FOREST HILL & CONGRESS AVE. - PALM SPRINGS
                                                                                                                                                                3) LAKE WORTH PIZZA & RESTAURANT - LAKE WORTH RD. AND JOG - LAKE WORTH

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: a20002009

                                                                                                                                                                  I gave up trying to get a really good pizza in South Florida until I discovered Anthony's Coal Fired last year. Fresh ingredients and very hot oven makes the pies cook fast and come out well done. I tried both the Fort Lauderdale one and the one on Biscayne and 179th. For me the best pizza I've had and I try as many as I can. Spris on Lincoln Rd on South Beach is number two in my book.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: a20002009

                                                                                                                                                                    The correct name for my #3 is New York Style Restaurant and Pizzeria not Lake Worth pizza they are located on Jog Road and Lake Worth road.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Has anyone tried Boite a Pizza on Alton? Menu sounded a little scary.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. We gluttened out on a variety of Moon River - Jacksonville pizzas on Saturday. 'Course we were hunger aftera day on the water in the wind and sun and rowing 20K in distance total, but nevertheless the pizzas were excellent. Spinach-garlic-mushroom, the Special, the Meat Lovers, the WowiMaui with banana peppers. And great beer selection too. Sam Adams Ocktober and Tuchers on tap. You can get DogfishHead 60 or Rogue's Dead Guy's Ale in bottles.

                                                                                                                                                                      Better than anything back in Tallahassee.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                                                                                                        Not sure what happened to Pizza Rustica near Brickell (shares space with Chick N Grill), but it seems to be closed.

                                                                                                                                                                        Not surprised - they jacked the prices way up, and while the pizza was good, it was a lucky day if you found more than five flavors... and it started to become quite rare to find fresh slices after 8 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Palm Beach County
                                                                                                                                                                        Anthony's coal fired pizza;so good with roasted peppers and kalamata olives.
                                                                                                                                                                        Vinny's pizza in Jupiter; Their Grandma style pizza rocks!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Tried a new place recently, Jo-Jo's over on Sheridan St east of 95 near Oakwood Plaza. (Hollywood) Small place with minimal to no seating but serves good ny style slices. They also have Chicago and NY style hot dogs which I haven't tried yet

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                            I have been searching for a pizza like the one I grew up with here in Orlando, was called Johnnies Pizza Palace in south east orlando, Lake Underhill Drive. They closed years ago and if anyone who remembers it ( was famous in its day) I haven't had a slice anywhere close to this pizza. Being from orlando I can't attest for New York's or any other place. Their pizza had a crisp crust almost like a cracker. Puffy crust, and their cheese balls were to die for. If anyone can recommend a place that comes close or better yet the recipe for the crust. I have the owners cook book but not the crust they served there. I would pay good money for that pizza. Thanks for listening.... missing Johnny's :(

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                              downhill alert (jo-jo's) new ownership and pizza not even close to the same. avoid

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Primanti Brothers is the best pie in Florida, and there there only two locations in the state. All the others are located in the town it originated in, Pittsburgh, PA. The location on A1A and Sunrise Blvd is the best and closest to the original one in the Strip District of the Burgh. No frills dining, you gotta be quick there to get you pie, especially after midnight(droves of intoxicated people, myself among them, lol).
                                                                                                                                                                              if you are among those that have small children, avoid this location and hit the one on Oakland Blvd, it is more of the family style environment, with a waitstaff, booths and friendly demeanor.
                                                                                                                                                                              if you feel that you can handle the Primanti's sandwich, i totally recommend it. It has been around for a long time and very little has changed with it, a full meal in a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                              oh, and its in fort lauderdale! almost forgot that crucial detail. lol.

                                                                                                                                                                              p.s. Get the cheese fry's.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lessersol

                                                                                                                                                                                I came in to mention Primanti Bros and got beat by one post. The Sunrise/A1A location does put out a better pizza than the one on Oakland Park, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: swoll50

                                                                                                                                                                                  As a former Ny'er in SoBe for the pas 14 yrs - I got to give the nod to the one and only STEVE'S 124st & Biscayne Blvd. No comparision, hands down best in Miami. As the sign at the pizza shop states - You've seen the rest - Now try the best ! I have tried hard to find a good slice in Sobe, and still can not find one that comes close to Steve's. So I cross the causeway and schlep up Biscayne for best pizza in the whole of Miami.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. I can't believe nobody posted Mellow Mushroom on Aloma.
                                                                                                                                                                                I think they have fantastic pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                They have a huge Beer Selection as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mellow Mushroom

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Bros Pizzeria in Clearwater.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Awesome awesome awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The best pizza in Florida was from a place called Presto Pizza that used to be in Altamonte Springs where Uptown Altamonte is now, almost exactly where Redbrick Pizza now sits. It was a little no frills place, but Presto had the most authentic NY pizza I've ever had in Florida. When I hear people say that true NY pizza isn't possible in Florida due to the humidity or water, I always think of Presto because they proved it was possible. I have not had another pizza in Florida that compares to Presto since they closed, and I just hope one day the owner of Presto opens up another pizzeria in the area!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pizza Bar on Collins has some decent slices. The owners from OLA are the force behind this new pie emporium.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Hell yes to Pizza Rustica. The tomato basil is YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                        We also like Che Sopranos. Good old margheritta. YUM to that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Umbertos of Long Island is pretty authentic. Cafe Milano in Lauderhill is also really good. Anthony's is good but overpriced.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Eddie and Sam's Pizza - totally authentic NY City pizza. You can take that to the bank.


                                                                                                                                                                                            203 E Twiggs St
                                                                                                                                                                                            Tampa, FL 33602
                                                                                                                                                                                            (813) 229-8500

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WStampa

                                                                                                                                                                                              On their webpage Eddie and Sam mispelled the word 'ingredients'. Enough stated.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: WStampa

                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree 100% about Eddie & Sams - best NY style pizza in Tampa, typo or not! My faves in Tampa are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Wood Fired Pizza on E. Bearss - to die for, kick's Anthony's butt IMHO
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Eddie & Sams downtown - lots of friends from NYC agree
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Cappys on N.Florida - cool place to take the kids and still a very good pie - 1000x better than having to endure Cici's!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza - multiple locations around southeast Florida, but the original on Federal Highway in Ft. Lauderdale is still the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: marcbham

                                                                                                                                                                                                  "You are 100% correct sir"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If someone out there has sourced a better pie than Anthony's Coal Fired here in Florida please bestow it upon us soonest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Net, check out Sosta on Lincoln Road and Pizzavolante in the double d

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You give them both two thumbs up? They are on my short list, and both more geographically desirable than a trek to Anthony's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it really depends on what kind of pizza you're looking for. I prefer NY style pizza because thats what I grew up with. To that end, I like carrini's in hallandale Beach or CJ's in Plantation. But, if you're looking for a brick oven type pizza, you'll like Anthony's. I wasnt impressed by Anthony's. I've had much better brick oven baked pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The reason I love Anthony's is it ISN'T trying to be NY Pizza! Which btw, I grew up on too. Many who try down here FAIL MISERABLY. Is Carrini's in Hallandale better than Angelo's or Capone's Flicker Lite in Hollywood? Those are my two go 2 pizza places when crossing the Dade/Broward frontier on the eastside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I havent tried Angel's or Capone's. The best pizza I've ever had in Broward was at Vesuvio's on US1( Hollywood). Excellent pizza, but he shut down years ago. I dont live in S. Fl anymore, but when we come back to visit, all we eat is pizza and bagels( from The Sage).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not in the Anthony's hater camp, per se, but I find they tend to cook their pizzas poorly more often than they get them right. It definitely depends on the location, but in my experience you'll get good pies for a month or two after an Anthony's debuts, then their opening crew leaves to do a new store and the quality goes south. I know I'm not the only one that's received pizzas at Anthony's that are burnt - not "well done," as they say - around the lip and edges and severely underdone near the middle. And if you get one with toppings, I find they're caked on to the point that the pizza becomes a soupy mass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's a place I'm going to be writing about in the future: Sicilian Oven in Lighthouse Point. It's run by an ex-Anthony's guy who used to be on their opening team. He uses wood instead of coal, because he believes wood reaches a temperature that more evenly cooks a pizza throughout. Having had only one pizza there - which is not really enough to form a concrete opinion - I can that, so far, he's right: the crust was crisp on the bottom, yeasty, and had just the right amount of plush toothiness to it. The sauce is a damn near perfect puree of whole, peeled tomatoes, seasoned well and spooned into small pools across its surface. Toppings are placed judiciously - I especially liked how the cervellata on the broccoli rabe and sausage pie was ripped into small chunks and cooked on the pizza, permeating the whole thing with savory juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely worth a visit for any pizza fan. The place offers a lot of other dishes, from Sicilian rice balls to pasta and chicken dishes and a number of daily specials. Really craving it now...I may go back tonight. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sicilian Oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2486 N. Federal Hwy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lighthouse Point, 33064

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                                                                                                                                              John - I read your recent article "Learning to Crawl" and I'm looking forward to trying Nino's and Tucci's in Boca. How does the Sicilian Oven compare?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RickL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry for the late response, Rick. I actually prefer Sicilian Oven's pizza to just about any I've had in Broward. On another recent revisit I had a stellar fresh mozz and crushed tomato pie, with slick, high-quality cheese dotted with little splashes of simple, tangy-sweet sauce. Great romaine salad, too, with a semi-creamy house dressing and bits of candied walnuts, roasted red peppers, garbanzos, kalamatas, and red onion. Definitely check it out. This place is all the best parts of Anthony's with none of the downsides. And it's really making an argument for wood over coal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                                                                                            While I like the crust, I find Anthony's sauce to be too sweet for my taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anthony's Coal Fired is pretty good......especially the Paul and Young Ron special. But when in Palm Beach Gardens, Carmine's Gourmet Market and his La Trattoria resto serve even better pizza.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The best pie in the state has already been mentioned: Il Panificio in Sarasota. More of a true New York/ New Haven pie than Anthony's (which isn't bad... just not as good as everyone makes it out to be).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. In Fort Lauderdale:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Zio's (US1 between Oakland and Commercial)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Mauro's (Hollywood Blvd by the Circle)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Squiggy's (in Himmarshee. Downtown)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Presto Pizza is open again, in winter Springs found it in Facebook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Clearwater/Largo area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Angelos- on clearwater beach (stuffed pizza is great)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Christinos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Amici's I talian restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. we always order take out or delivery from pizza lino on singer island- their dough is made only from filtered water and so is their sauce- a very thin jersey style- delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tony's Place in Palm Springs North (Miami/Hialeah) has some very tasty NY style pie! Wow, people were raving about it Saturday night at a party and truthfully I was very skeptical. Sunday, I was fortunate to have some take away brought home to me and I must say this is the real deal. Good stuff indeed. 17721 NW 78th Ave Palm Springs North Shopping Center Hialeah, FL 33015 is you want to dial it into your navigater! I have never set foot in it, nor do I have any idea how to get there, but I do know it was very goooooooood!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tony's Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      17721 NW 78th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The pizza in New York isn't any better than the pizza in Florida.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rainroosty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is that why half the pizzerias down here advertise NY Pizza or NY Style Pizza?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rainroosty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's something to ponder:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NY'ers complain that there isn't any good authentic NY style pizza in Florida. BUT, most NY pizza joints here are run by ex-NY'ers. Who is to blame here? Go figure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cry me a river......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Could be that they couldn't cut it in NYC so they came down here since there's less competition?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: rainroosty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's the water and lack of quality cheese used in many places down here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: danb73

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vic & Angelos who ships their water down from NYC just for their pizza crust. And their pizza crust is not any different than the next guy who serves similar styles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lack of quality cheese is a business decision that is made. It's not that it isn't readily available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I really don't buy into either of those reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some of the most revered pizzerias in Manhattan and Brooklyn use coal-burning ovens, which only exist nowadays in those places that were grandfathered in when the ant-pollution regs took effect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know about Florida, but no such ovens exist in Los Angeles -- and it's the prime reason why there is no such thing as "authentic New York style".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was born & lived 50+ years in the NYC area. During that time I ate a lot of good pizza & also my share of not so good ones. Of the good ones, only a handful came out of coal-burning ovens. (I also had some bad, i.e. burnt, from these places.) The vast majority of good pizza came from mom & pop places using gas-fired ovens. The vast majority of pizza operations in the NYC area use gas ovens, so I don't think "authentic NYC style" has to come out of a coal burning oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I do not necessarily equate Coal Fired Pizza with NY or NY Style Pizza. Is the first Pizza place in NY Coal Fired? Yes, but most memorable pies from NY or NY style come straight out of a gas oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have no idea why it's better in NY, and ALL are not better as duly noted above. The fact remains it is something and it looks like the water theory was also debunked above. When taken into context and looked at from 30,000 feet, I would conclude on average that more pizzerias in NY are better as compared to their FLA counterparts. 70% good in NY vs 50-50 down here is my theory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really beleive it has more to do with the pie guy and his ingredients than any of the other more essoteric theories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the end of the day if it's hot, greasy, gewey and bursts of NY flavor it's all good!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Pizza Volante in Miami's Design District from reknowned chef Johnathen Eisman has closed. Anyone tried his new digs Spartico in Coconut Grove?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Giotto in South Beach has some seriously thin pizza. Nice addition to the West Ave dining scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I've heard people pimpin' Mike's at the Venetian Plaza in Downtown Miami which is an Irish pub! Can anybody confirm?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Who has the best NAPOLITANA PIZZA in FLORIDA? Porfavore!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Chocolate Chip Pizza @sirpizza

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rustica extinguishes the leftover Turkey Blues!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mike's Irish Pub - Miami I've been told…?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Joe Mama in Port St. Joe is fantastic. It's the only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pizzeria I've been to in Florida, but I can't imagine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that there's a better one out there.