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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 www.zuccarellis.com (561)
686-7739.

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!