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Best Pizza in South Florida

We've had 'Top Pizza In FLA' and 'Best Pizza in Miami' threads, but I don't think we've had a 'Best Pizza' in South Florida (east coast - Miami through Jupiter) thread yet. So here it is!

"Best" is such an arbitrary designation that perhaps "favorite" is more appropriate. I'll just leave best in the thread title since that's the word that everyone tends to use in searches.

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  1. My favorites as of last week:

    Casale - South Beach
    Andiamo - Miami
    Anthony's Coal Fired - Aventura

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    1. re: racer x

      I hate to say it, but Casale has closed. That was one of my favorites.

    2. New Contender:

      Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
      2009 NE 2nd St, Deerfield Beach

      Amazingly good thin-crust pizza. Try a margherita with sausage: fresh mozzarella and basil, delicious sausage, generous amounts of fennel seed. Sauce was very good (although I tend to like sauce just a bit sweeter).

      The also have Italian desserts (I haven't tried them).

      The pizzeria is in the little cluster of restaurants and shops just across from the beach. There's plenty of competition for pizza in the area, with Umberto's just around the corner and Bob's across the street.

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      1. re: racer x

        We haven't tried the pizza yet but the cannoli are very good.

        1. re: racer x

          "Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza" in Deerfield.

          Drove by yesterday (Monday 12/26) around noon (A1A tourist season traffic in full swing so it was a quick drive by).

          I saw what I thought was a paper sign on front window - "CLOSED - NEW MGMT".

          Not sure if this is correct but if anyone has details please post. Could be they are just closed Monday, and they had 2 separate signs... not sure.

          I had wanted to try as I've heard they may be even better than Tucci's or Anthony's.

          1. re: CFByrne

            Don't know whether management has changed or not.

            However, the past couple of times I visited (the last being at least a couple of months ago), the pizzas weren't as good as they had been in the past. Still ok, but hardly exceptional.

            1. re: CFByrne

              Went by the former Mona Lisa's this past Sunday. Still closed.

          2. Anthony's is good, but for "plain" pizza Primantis Brothers on the beach in Fort Lauderdale is hard to beat.

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            1. re: cdmirshamsi

              agreed! just moved here from NY several months ago, Primantis is difficult to beat

              1. re: cdmirshamsi

                Finally tried Primanti Brothers on the beach in Fort Lauderdale.
                You're right, they make a damn-good pizza.

                And it's just a plain pizza -- meaning kind of like a Domino's pizza style-wise, but much, much better.
                Love that Primanti's crust!

              2. Boca Raton

                Brooklyn Boys Pizza & Pasta
                ‎9967 Glades Road
                Boca raton, FL 33434
                (NE corner of 441 & glades by boston market)

                Renzo's Cafe West Cafeteria‎
                1906 Clint Moore Road
                Boca Raton, FL 33496-2663
                On Clint moore rd just west of military (tiny place, no glamor)

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                Renzo's Cafe West Cafeteria and Restaurant
                1906 Clint Moore Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33496

                1. Best New York-outerborough-type pizza that I've had in South Florida (I've been here 15 years) has to be from GG's of New York on 441 north of Commercial Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale. It's got that puffy crust, perfect tomato flavor and chewiness I remember from eating a hot slice standing in the cold at a walk-up window in Brooklyn as a kid. I've never been in the place....we've ordered pies there for the office....but I've called to compliment them and tell them they nailed it....it's a nice family operation, originally from Brooklyn (see?), here for years. While I'm a plain pie purist, their white pie (ricotta, mozzarella) is amazing.

                  http://www.ggsofny.com/

                  I'm also a big fan of Anthony's Coal Fired for that type of thin crust, charred style....love it with those tiny meatballs.

                  Also like Pizza Time in Coral Springs....a great Bronx-style pie!

                  http://www.pizzatimeinc.com/

                  1. I never hear my favorite south florida place mentioned whenever this or similar threads are started. So I'm going to let the cat out of the bag.

                    Just to give a little background, I grew up in NYC and visit at least twice a year. I love pizza. And more specifically I love slices.

                    So my ideal slice is a traditional pizzeria style thin crust. Ideally from a 'real pizzeria'! And a real pizzeria is generally a small shop with Grande cheese posters and at least 2 autogrpahed pictures from Italian American actors... Usually from the Godfather or Sopranos.

                    The closest thing I've found in the 15 years I've lived here in both appearance and most importantly quality of slice is...

                    Downtown Pizza - Lake Worth
                    608 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460-3811
                    (561) 586-6448‎

                    If you crave a real NYC slice this is the #1 spot in South Florida. This is the closest you'll find here to a new york borrough slice.

                    Try it and let me know what you think. And if you've had it I'd also love to hear what you think and if it's on your list.

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                    1. re: coffeyucf

                      You are the first, outside of myself, to mention Grande cheese. Annie's in Boca on FAU campus uses Grande and their pizza isn't too shabby.

                      1. re: freakerdude

                        how do you get to Annies? I've wanted to try their pizza for a while. are they in the FAU research park?

                        1. re: OysterHo

                          FAU Research Park on on west side of FAU Blvd. in the building closest to Spanish River Road. It's in the back of the building and not on the front.

                          Annie's Pizza
                          3731 Fau Blvd
                          Boca Raton, FL.
                          Tel: 561-750-1321

                          You get a lot of food here so expect more than you can eat. They have 2 large slices and a drink for something under $6. Don't order a large sub unless you want to split it with someone. Half order fries are more than you can eat.

                          http://www.worstpizza.com/2009/09/ann...

                      2. re: coffeyucf

                        coffeyucf, I've had some pretty good slices at that place on Ocean Blvd in Boynton across from Two Georges. I think you used to live around there. What do you think?

                      3. It's apparent everyone has their favorite places and normally it's one you might not expect. This happens to be one of those places. Daisy Dukes despite it's name has a really good pizza. They have a domed brick oven pizza from when it was originally a Carabas. Who would think that a country BBQ style restaurant would have a gem in hiding but I would reccomend you give it a try for a delightful surprise.

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                        Daisy Dukes Saloon
                        10060 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

                        1. North Palm Beach county - Carmine's Gourmet Market on PGA for takeout or order in at his La Trattoria resto. Best crust, sauce, and combos of any local pizza joint. Currently offering a large 4 topping pizza for $12.99.

                          http://www.carmines.com/

                          Anthony's Coal Fired would be my next favorite although different than above.

                          Non purists pizza Delray - Mellow Mushroom's Kosmic Karma

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                          1. re: freakerdude

                            Camilli's in Lake Park and Palm Springs Pizza (Congress and Summit) are my two favorites in Palm Beach County.

                          2. Steve's Pizza and Andiamo are my favorite pies in Miami

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                            Andiamo
                            5600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

                            Steve's Pizza
                            18063 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33157

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                            1. re: czjohnson

                              Second these two and Pizza Time's fresh tomato pizza as mentioned above.

                            2. My favorite pizza in South Florida is Antonio's Pizza in Miramar. Try the meatball pizza with garlic. This is my favorite combination. Unfortunately I moved to Ft. Lauderdale and don't make it to Miramar.

                              Also there lasagna is amazing.

                              http://www.antoniosmiramar.com/

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                              1. re: keithjam

                                doughboys in Ft Lauderdale beats Antonios hands down.just the closest to the city without the plae fare.I
                                ff yore hooked on Anthonys theres one in Plantation just west on Sunrise and Nob Hill
                                Doughboys meatball and peperoni pie is just like a taste of Brooklyn

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                                Doughboys Pizzeria & Itauan Restaurant
                                829 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                              2. I dislike Vic and Angelo's mgmt and "vibe". However, their Fennel Sausage pizza with panna is killer. Wow.

                                Bonus: I do believe they sprinkle some kind of sweetener, maybe sugar, on the outer crust, which makes it irresistable when all the rest of the pie is gone.

                                1. Definitely Zuccarelli's Pizza on PGA. The best I've had since leaving Brooklyn.

                                  1. Scuotto's Pizza and Pasta

                                    3455 N Hiatus Rd
                                    Sunrise, FL 33351

                                    (954) 741-6711

                                    http://www.scuottospizza.com/

                                    12.20.10 - Wanted to try Scuotto's pizza for a while. Saw his advertisements at the Panther games. We had to 2 large cheese pies to go. My first bite was awesome. I thought I was back in The Bronx. This is the true New York pizza that everyone is looking for. My mouth is watering just writing this review. This is a REAL 5 star pizza parlor.

                                    1. Is there a Chicago-style joint in SE Florida? I've been to Giordano's in Tampa and Exchequer Pub in Chicago, and both were fabulous.

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                                      1. re: aynrandgirl

                                        The only one I know of is Capone's Flicker Lite in Hollywood. It's not the best either. My family is from Chicago and my dad has searched everywhere, we've figured out that making it at home is our best option.

                                        1. re: eliselaurel

                                          Elise... yes there have been other threads searching for Chicago style (not me) in Florida... some ideas in here:

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8593...

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8998...

                                      2. i think Primo Pizza http://www.primopizzamiami.com/ in south beach & midtown miami is the best for ny pizza they even bring water shipped in by the truck load from ny every month & NBC 6 in miami has done a report about it http://www.nbcmiami.com/the-scene/foo... thats how i found out about it. then i went to the south beach one and i was like whoa this pizza is like real ny pizza(i have tried ny pizza in ny many times over the years as i have family in ny and been up there a lot) & the best in miami, then from that point on i only go there i even go supper out my way to get that pizza.

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                                        Primo Pizza
                                        100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                                        1. http://www.worstpizza.com/2009/04/tuc...

                                          Tucci's in Boca Raton-Nothing in FL else comes close.

                                          Margherita Pizza w/ Mushroom, Pepperoni, Red Pepper, and Artichoke. I get this once a week! . It isn't cheap, but it is more than worth it!!!

                                          btw, I'm from Chicago and know pizza. This pizza place rocks!!

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                                          1. re: 2011MAntonello

                                            Super delicious pies can be consumed at That Pizza Place on Coral Way (meatballs are especially tasty)!

                                          2. Mauro's (Hollywood) is the best NY style slice I've found in Broward or Miami.

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                                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                                New contender- Kings County Pizza (Dixie H NMB) Not sure I;m ready to crown it #1 ahead of Mauro's but it is very good and an authentic NY pie. Pizza has a perfectly crisp crust, nice chewy and tasty dough and a perfect sauce to cheese ratio which most places under sauce down here. If I wanted a white pizza (which I hate) I would order one. It should be noted that the sauce is more spice (not heat) than sweet if that matters to you. The salt and pepper wings were great too as was their grandma's pie.

                                                http://www.kingscountypizza.com/

                                                1. re: The Chowfather

                                                  Kings County Pizza -- best I've had in FL. Great, crispy pizza. Nice people.

                                                  1. re: onekrt17

                                                    On a side note, Kings County Pizza's baked ziti may be better than the pizza. Best I've had down here. Not just ziti with cheese lumped on top like a lot of places serve. This is like your Italian grandmother made with ricotta and mozzarella throughout and combined with a great sauce

                                                    1. re: The Chowfather

                                                      Sicilian fans- I would highly recommend checking out the aforementioned King's County. Tried it last week and it is the real deal. The Grandma and Sicilian pies may be better than the traditional NY pies. Tough call. All are great. Baked ziti beats all three.

                                                      1. re: The Chowfather

                                                        Sounds good- il have to check it out...

                                                2. re: The Chowfather

                                                  I had a great NY pie at Mauro's on Sunday afternoon. Got a half plain / half mushroom & sausage. Took about 15 minutes to come out.

                                                  The smallest pie was huge and way more than Mrs CFB and I could eat, we took half home. With two cokes I think it came to $19 all told.

                                                  This place is a dive. A few tables in front (outside), no eating inside. So if it is raining, you are eating in your car. And their hospitality makes the Soup Nazi look like Eleven Madison Park.

                                                  But if you want a real NY slice, run, don't walk here.

                                                  Photos:

                                                  * Exterior, on Hollywood Blvd appx 2 blocks W of Young Circle.

                                                  *Half plain / half sausage and mushroom pie.

                                                  *Pie close up

                                                  *NY Slice

                                                  *NY Slice

                                                  *If there's anything you want, anything at all, just ask!

                                                  I thought the NY slices were excellent. But I have to say, with all the great pizza down here now - the Neapolitan and the New Haven and the top-quality "gourmet" hybrids - I think I have become spoiled.

                                                  I loved it, but it just didn't have the Wow factor I now get at Oceano or Lucali or...

                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                3. Anyone have any thoughts on this place: Grande Pizza Co and Esposito’s Pizza ?

                                                  (Apparently same owners) - 3 Grande Pizza locations: Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Plantation, and their sister restaurant, Esposito's Pizza in Davie)

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                                                  Esposito's Pizza
                                                  2221 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33324

                                                  Grande Cafe
                                                  450 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                                                    1. re: freakerdude

                                                      I have no idea if Grande Pizza uses Grande mozz!

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                                                      Grande Cafe
                                                      450 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                        I ate at Grande the other night and they say they use Grande mozz.
                                                        www.WhitePlateSpecial.com

                                                    2. re: CFByrne

                                                      I haven't tried the Grande locations, but I've been to Espositio's several times and wouldn't recommend it.

                                                    3. In Fort Lauderdale on South Andrews is a newish place called Pie-Zan's, been open 10 months. It's owned by two guys, one from Chicago and one from New York, and they use family recipes. Excellent thin crust NY style pizza, 2 good-sized slices and a soda for $5. Terrific meatballs too! Absolutely everything is from scratch. All toppings are sauteed before they're put on the pie, which in my book makes them much better.

                                                      1. I agree that "Best" is very arbitrary. I love Pizza and enjoy it made several different ways. I like Anthony's Coal Fired and Primanti's but my newest favorite is from Corelino's Coal Oven at the SE corner of Lantana and Jog in Lake Worth. They put the cheese on the bottom and the sauce and other ingredients on top. It makes for a very interesting taste.
                                                        FoodAttack
                                                        www.WhitePlateSpecial.com

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                                                        Primanti Brothers Pizza & Grill of Wilton Manors
                                                        516 E Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334

                                                        1. Carolina's in Delray was getting rave reviews before they closed due to fire. Breaking news from them via F/B....

                                                          "Just wanted to let everyone know we are very close to being back! We are hoping to be open sometime in the beginning of May. We will keep you posted as soon as we have a definite date. It has been a looonng road and we are happy to be nearing the end. Can't wait to see you all!"

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                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                            Anthonys Coal fired Pizza and El Tamarindo in Hallandale ... Try the Broccolli Rabe and sausage!

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                                                            El Tamarindo Cafe
                                                            233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

                                                            1. re: Bigstu99

                                                              I love Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza. The quality of the ingredients is superb

                                                              1. re: highroller

                                                                Anthony's has some great pizza and I love the salad and wings, too. But if you like Anthony's you'll love Tucci's in Boca!

                                                          2. Spris owns pizza

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                                                            Spris
                                                            2305 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

                                                            1. Yeah, haven't been to Spris since a few Haloweens ago. They do have good pizza and the location is amusing if you sit outdoors. Money's tight and I've been making my own these days. Andiamo's (west coast style) I guess has been the "best" one I've had and also the one I've been to the most. Anthony's coal fire is good too, just as Steve's (for regular ny-style pie).

                                                              1. I'll put my vote in for Conca Doro in Hollywood. Simple ingredients...delicious dough...outstanding cheese...not greasy at all. Jack the pizza cook will make it thin and crisp if you like...my favorite..plain with basil thin n crispy.

                                                                Ther'e a second location in Dania but the pizza is a little different...Hollywood's the best.

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                                                                1. re: rater1

                                                                  I've been going to Conca D'Oro on the circle in Hollywood since the '80's and they have some of the greatest tasting Pizza in South Florida. The Dania location is good, too! But do they have the BEST Pizza in South Florida?

                                                                  http://southfloridaeatspizza.blogspot...

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                                                                  Conca D'oro Restaurant & Pizza
                                                                  1833 Tyler St, Hollywood, FL 33020

                                                                2. I'll add Florio's of NY to the list. They're on the Hollywood Broadwalk at Garfield St. Typical Hollywood beach atmosphere, seating is open to the outside patio, and there's a walk-up window where you can place to-go orders, pizza by the slice, etc.

                                                                  The margherita pizza (which they call a "veggie pizza" for some reason) is fantastic!

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                                                                  Florio's of NY
                                                                  200 Garfield St, Hollywood, FL 33019

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                                                                  1. re: Semprini

                                                                    sounds good, i guess they don't want to confuse the customers with really hard to pronounce foreign names like "margherita"

                                                                    1. re: Semprini

                                                                      Replying to my own message because I've been to Florio's a few more times since I first posted. I can no longer rate it "fantastic" unfortunately, I think "wildly inconsistent" is more accurate. Sometimes great, sometimes fairly awful.

                                                                      And I misspoke about the "veggie pie" moniker, they actually call it a "3G". Not that I'd recommend it...

                                                                    2. Mauro's (Hollywood)
                                                                      Cafe La Buca (Pompano Beach)
                                                                      Macaluso's Market (South Beach)
                                                                      King's County Pizza (Aventura)
                                                                      Racks (Sunny Isles)

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                                                                      Macaluso's Restaurants
                                                                      1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                                                                      1. Forno 52
                                                                        South Dixie Hwy
                                                                        Palmetto Bay
                                                                        http://www.forno52.com/

                                                                        1. Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana should be part of this discussion. Very short menu, high quality, mostly local ingredients, good wood-burning oven style pizzas.

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                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                            Is this the one known for being the pizza nazi?

                                                                            1. re: OysterHo

                                                                              Yes. They don't do take-out, they won't alter the toppings on the few "composed" pizzas, but you can get a simple pizza with your choice of t oppings if you go that route. They've got reasons for how they do things, the "pizza nazi" thing is overblown.

                                                                            2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                              When the esteemed Frod ventures all the way up to Palm Beach - and recommends a pizza joint no less - it seems like a good idea to listen!

                                                                              Hoping to try out this weekend.

                                                                              JeffEats has a few more deets on this "eclectic" resto...

                                                                              http://jeffeats.com/2011/01/07/pizzer...

                                                                            3. Lorenzo's Italian Market in NMB has a cafe in the middle. The sicilian pizza is the closest thing I've ever had to what my Sicilian grandmother used to make for us. DIVINE!!! Definitely worth checking out!!!

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                                                                              1. Looks like an Anthony's Coal Fired will be opening in downtown Coral Gables soon.