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Feb 21, 2013 07:17 AM

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana deserves its own thread... so here it is.

It’s easily in the top 5 pizzas of my life.

For what it’s worth, I grew up on Long Island, went to school in Brooklyn, and worked in NYC. So I’ve gone through some pretty good pizza.

I’ve had much of the best of NYC including Rays, Johns, Keste, etc. And more recently, in Florida, I’ve enjoyed Harry’s, of course Anthony’s, Tucci’s, Nick’s, Scuola Vecchia, and more.

I know I have missed some SoFla stars. That's been well covered in other threads, for example this one with 66 posts:

But Pizzeria Oceano has got to be at or very close to the top. And I know some of the most respected experts on this board agree.

I’ll write more in later posts. And I hope others do too (Erica?).

But for now:

The service is friendly and excellent. I saw zero “Food Nazi” encounters. As I was sitting at the counter, a farmer walked in with boxes of fresh local greens (arugula, basil, etc) and delivered them to the kitchen. Minutes later, I was enjoying some of the basil on my slices.

Just check out these photos!!!

* Front Window

* Exterior at about 6PM Wednesday

* My “Whole Basic Pizza” with added “Crumbled Speck Americano”.

* My Pie, One slice removed. “House made mozzarella, Olive Oil, Pecorino Romano, Tomato Sauce and Basil”

* A slice of heaven

* The Wood Oven

* Chefs at Work

* Tell me you don’t want this slice!

Open Tuesday-Saturday from appx 5:30 until not sure.

Cash only, expect a wait, just chill. Good craft beers and wine.

201 E Ocean Ave
Lantana, FL 33462
(561) 429-5550

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  1. Completely second this. Lantana is outside my usual turf and I've only gotten there once, but Pizzeria Oceano is really special. Great ingredients and excellent pizza.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      And if the pizza isn't enough to get you up here more often...

      They also sell (when available) Royal Reds, head on, by the pound!

      (They have a little side-market retail operation).

      Meanwhile, ohhh I wish I could go right now, on today's special menu:

      Speck Pizza – roasted onion, asiago, mozzarella,
      pickled peppers, black pepper and scallion

      1. re: CFByrne

        I tried some royal reds for the first time last week. These were caught off Fernandina Beach, Florida. I bought them (head off & shelled) from Cod & Capers and made a white wine/lemon/chipotle cream sauce with some fresh store bought pasta. I will make it to PO one day soon!

    2. I MAY make a return visit this evening (Thursday Feb 21) at 5:30PM.

      If anyone is interested in joining for a casual, unplanned, unannounced "meetup", please let me know at the email addy below.


      So, in other words, if you are thinking of coming, don't write now reply to this with "Cool I'll be there" or "Can you make it some other date / time" or "Let us know how it went".

      Instead, send an email to the below address.


      Email is

      Charles F Byrne (no spaces) attt Gmail andthenadot Com

      Chowhound Rules on Discussing Physical Meetings:

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      1. re: CFByrne

        SO glad you enjoyed! But I can't tell you that I don't want that slice!

      2. I don't want that slice. I want the whole pie!

        1. Best pizza I've had in FL. Went there last year after reading Frod's post in foodforthought. The sauce has a great acidic sweetness. If I didn't live so far out, I'd be a regular.

          1. Best pizza I've ever had. Period.

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            1. re: Blind Mind

              Had another excellent early dinner at Oceano last night.

              Salad of thinly-shaved celery root studded with meaty black (Gaeta?) olives and pecorino, with chunks of fresh, sauteed whiting on the side. ($11)

              1 Basic pizza--simple and excellent, with mozzarella and pecorino, fresh basil ($15)

              1 Kale pizza--Asiago, mozzarella, pecorino, capers, blanketed with fresh kale--one of the best I've tried here so far. ($17)

              With two glasses of wine ($8 each) total for 3 diners was $62 with tax, before tip. I hope to return soon.

              1. re: erica

                Thanks for the write-up. I went 2x recently to "scout out" while Mrs CFB was away.

                Now she's dying to go - probably tomorrow will be the day, as she gets home from work early on Fri sometimes, and I want to be at P/O right at open.

                One of the new highlights of my mornings is seeing what goodies they've posted for the night's menu.

                For example, tonight:

                Cherry Tomato Pizza – mozzarella, asiago, garlic,
                sea salt, lemon, chives & nepitella 18

                Picholine Olive Pizza – mahón queama, mozzarella,
                shallots, cumin seed, cilantro and chili oil 18

                Ohhh I don't know if I can wait 36 hours!

                1. re: CFByrne

                  BTW to save the Miami folks from doing the math...

                  "Our Basic Pizza – house made mozzarella, olive oil,
                  pecorino romano, tomato sauce and basil $15"

                  63.7 miles from 1930 Bay Road Miami Beach, to 201 E Ocean Ave, Lantana.

                  $3.77 Current Avg gas price in FL.


                  1. re: CFByrne

                    I'm going to be driving by this weekend, twice, and will try to stop in having Lucali fresh on my mind and palate.

                    I wanted to thank CFB for POSTING THE HOURS in the original post! The place's website, yelp, urbanspoon, etc. etc. are silent, and 4 calls today have all gone unanswered.

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      35 mpg in your Prius, 4 gallons round trip @ $3.77, $15 basic pizza. Listening to Outlaw Country on Sirius/XM -- priceless.

                      I suspect the cost of the drive, from SoBe to Pizzeria Oceano, and the cost of the pizza itself would equal the cost of the excellent pizza at Lucali -- but you wouldn't have to so vigorously defend the $26-$28 cost of the pizza itself.

                      Pizza -- acqua & farina -- is a simple dish, composed of simple ingredients. Unless, of course, created and served in SoBe.

                      1. re: southocean

                        If you are referring to Lucali, it seems Oceano serves much more creative pies than Lucali. I don't really get your point.