Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen Pizza West Palm Beach

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zuccarellis.jpgZuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen. A Family Tradition Since 1981.  1937 N.
Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561)

One of the great things about being on staff here at Worst Pizza is the
ability to call in to the home office for a recommendation.  “Where should I
eat on Okeechobee in West Palm?”

I asked the expert; Zuccarelli’s was the
response.  And I am glad I went.  Zuccarelli’s reminded me of home (NY).  It was a lovely dining room, with family friendly service, just as advertised! The only problem was that I always like a pizza counter.  I find it awkward to wait to be seated and be presented with a menu, just to order a slice & a coke.  But the service was very pleasant and I didn’t mind here.

While I was waiting a small altercation erupted between the customers.  Apparently a man at the bar sneezed too often in the opinion of one of the diners.
“That’s three times, go outside, I am trying to eat.”  It almost erupted in a brawl, as all the customers were defending the sneezer.  It was just a sneeze after all.  It was not like he was having a fit.  Anyway, management was quick to calm everyone down.  I like this story but it in NO WAY reflects anything bad about Zuccarelli’s.  I think it just added to my feeling that I was back north.  And when I tasted my slice I was once again transported.

It was delicious.  The type of place you find on every street in NY.  It wasn’t 7 or 8 out of 8; after all those are the places you go out of your way to get to.  I always thought it was weird when I passed 3 or 4 pizza places on the way to my regular spots.  When I passed 7 competing pizzeria’s I knew I was going to someplace special (Denino’s in Staten Island, Arturo’s in The Village, Taconnelli’s in Philadelphia).  Those get the 7 out of 8, and 8 out of 8 rankings.  Zuccarelli’s  get’s 6 out of 8 slices on the pizza scale.  If you are in West Palm Beach and want to get the best pizza in the area I HIGHLY recommend Zuccarelli’s.

As an aside, the next day I was in Palm Beach Gardens.  When I called the Worst Pizza office for a recommendation, again I received the response Zuccarelli’s. Now as good as it was, I wasn’t going to drive all the way there, but apparently there is another restaurant using the name.  I went over to check it out, and it was the same owners.  A very lovely restaurant in the spot that used to occupy “On The Vine.”  With a separate Pizzeria opening up next door.  I can hardly wait!