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Best Pizza in Lakeland?

Please tell me your recommendations for the best pizza in Lakeland.



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  1. Come one people, doesn't someone have a recommendation for pizza in Lakeland?


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    1. re: RibDog


      I've lived here my whole life and can't really think of any place to recommend. Palace Pizza is okay downtown and CDB on Memorial has been there forever. Beyond that, the Lakeland Ledger did an article about a year ago on Polk County's best pizza places. Here's the link


      1. re: EOutlaw

        Thanks much. I appreciate your help.


        1. re: RibDog

          you got to love palace pizza,i am sorry people but i just think that there is nothing like Palace pizza..they got it all!!...many people are just to jelous to admit that this italian family did it all and took over what lakeland had to offer wich is nothing when we talk about pizza hut,dominos or wet shore where is dirty and neasty!

    2. I don't know about Lakeland, but Auberdale is not too far away and the Pizza Connection has the best pizza in the area if you like a thin crust.

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      1. re: kimocorb

        Pizza Connection is excellent, thin crust pizza. Also, Pizza Central in Winter Haven is good thin crust pizza as well, though not as crunchy as pizza connection.

      2. We have a Westhore Pizza close to us, and I think it is absolutely delicious, although I guess it is a chain? I tried Palace Pizza, which many around town love, but found it too greasy and limp for my taste

        1. Palace Pizza used to be our favorite - I'm originally from NY/NJ and felt like I was home the first time I tried it -- but we think it's gotten spotty. The crust would be nice and crisp one time then soggy/floppy the next - we haven't eaten there in about a year. Valdiano's in Lakeside Village is where we end up going these days. I'm pretty sure it's a chain but the pizza is tasty w/a thin, crispy crust, and service is friendly and fast. My preference is plain (cheese), my daughter likes pepperoni, and we both need to blot before eating. The same was true for Palace Pizza, btw. A lot of people say Westshore is good - I don't care for it, but my husband likes it.

            1. A new restaurant called The Chop Shop opened in downtown Lakeland about 2 - 2 1/2 years ago. I recently discovered that they have terrific pizza, so I thought I'd mention it in case anyone stops by this thread...

              It's a casual place that serves "American Food" like burgers, sandwiches, ridiculously huge hot dogs (two can share one quite easily), and pizza. I would never have thought to order pizza here, but I kept hearing how delicious it was, so I finally tried it. It's one of the best pizzas I've ever had. Not what I would call "authentic NY pizza", but it has a nice, crisp crust and a terrific flavor -- hard to describe, it's just a little different.


              It's a fun atmosphere (but extremely casual) with a rockabilly theme. Everyone (especially the owners, Ty & Abby) are very friendly and seem to have a genuine interest in making sure their customers are happy. Oh, and they serve beer, too. :


              Chop Shop
              126 S Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

              1. Primos Pizzeria on Combee Rd is really good. They have really good pizza with thin crusts,and I highly recommend the Large Stromboli with ricotta added. It can easily feed three. Make sure you get extra sauce with it. The Primos on Combee Rd is closed on Sundays,but the other Primos will honor its delivery area.

                On a personal note,you can tell the man who runs it really loves what he does. If you order from there,I would suggest going there to eat it,or at least try to pick it up in order to meet him. He is very warm,inviting and full of cheer. It is a little quaint shop,just off the road with limited parking and some times standing room only. You will feel good just walking in the door. He is one of those kinds of people whose upbeat attitude is infectious. This place is one of those gems that you can only find in a hole in the wall.
                You can see what I mean by the picture how small it is.
                Their phone number is (863) 669-1020
                P.S. Tell em Fat Jason sent you.

                1. Sorrento's on Duff Road way on the north side is the best I've had.