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Oceano Kitchen Pizza Lantana, FL

6/ 8
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Oceano Kitchen Pizza Lantana, FL

Posted By: Pizza Expert
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A sad thing happened in South Florida recently. Dak, the owner of Pizzeria Oceano decided to sell and walk away from the pizza world. It was with very little notice and as the only pizza reviewer whose opinion really matters down here, I can assure all our readers that he will be missed. We gave the new owner some time to get through the growing pains, and recently on a Friday night went there to try out the pizza.

The new owners Chef Jeremy Bearman and his wife used to work at One Door East in Fort Lauderdale. They renamed Pizzeria Ocean, Oceano Kitchen and did some upgrades to the exterior which you can notice right away. Now you can sit and enjoy the food without worrying about rain or baking in the sun. Another thing you will notice right away is that the prices have risen! But we will get to that later on.

After getting seated, which wasn't a problem, since the place was quite empty, we gave our order to the server. I ordered the Straight Shooter with no basil. This is their equivalent of a Margherita, with a price of $18. Yes, you read that correctly. $18 for an individual pizza in Lantana, Florida. Nope, not New York City, or San Francisco, but a pizzeria in Lantana, Florida is now trying to command $18. 

One of the reasons for the exorbitant price of the pies, is that everything is "farm to table here". All the ingredients are fresh, and we suppose that comes at a higher price than usual. In our opinions, almost $20 for a regular pie, is just a bit too much.

oceano pizza lantana, fl

My friend ordered a pie with Chorizo at the same time I did. Chorizo is a type of pork sausage made the way the Romans used to do it. My pie came out pretty quickly and I started to eat it. I lifted my first slice only to reveal it wasn't cooked properly. The crust was somewhat raw and had zero crisp to it. The same was true for the rest of the slices. The taste of the pie was very good though, the fruitful olive oil used was delicious, and sprinkled evenly over the slice. Although the crust wasn't cooked through, and contained too much flour/cornstarch, it still tasted better than a lot of places who do cook their crusts properly. What was somewhat lacking was sauce. As many of our readers know, I am not a huge fan of excessive sauce, but this pie didn't really contain much at all. What sauce it did have, was extremely fresh tasting, and had amazing potential. This pie also had way too much crust. You can see it in the below image. The plain outer crust took up more than 35% of the pie. Most people want the sauce and the cheese and not just the bread.

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In case you are wondering how the Chorizo pizza was, I am not really sure. The pie didn't come out until approximately 20 minutes after I was DONE with my entire pie and I wasn't in the mood for more pizza. I get the whole cooked to order concept, but most people come to eat together and not 20 minutes apart. Hopefully the new owners can figure out a way to better their timing since I fear this will cause many discriminating customers from returning, and it would be a shame since Oceano Kitchen could have longevity. Please note that Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, FL changes their menu daily, so you need to check their website prior to going.

Not that I review other food, but the regular kitchen style food was excellent, so I do not think you can go wrong by sharing a pizza as an appetizer and getting other dishes as a main meal.

Here is a recap of the things I disliked:

Price

The outer crust was almost as much as the actual sauce and cheese part of the pie.

Too much flour

Timing of the food servings

Undercooked

Not enough sauce

Here is a recap of the things I liked:

Taste of the sauce

Olive Oil

Quality of Cheese

Freshness of ingredients

Regular kitchen food

Awning outside

I know it might seem like I was too harsh on the new owner, but perhaps I am just bitter that we lost Dak. His pie was some of the best I have had in the country. I wish the Bearman's (new owners) nothing but an amazing future and hope they find a recipe for success at this eclectic location. Although I am not craving the pizza like I used to, if someone asked me to meet them there again, I most certainly would happily return. Maybe by the next time I try it, the pizza oven will find the perfect temperature and the crust will shrink.

Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, FL gets 6 out of 8 slices.

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3 Responses to “Oceano Kitchen Pizza Lantana, FL”

  • Joey D. wrote:
    11 May 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Your rating was far too generous. They don’t deserve credit for things besides the lousy, 3rd rate pizza. I went there Dan also thought the pizza was poor. And the service, attitude and timing were arrogant and poor. No gifts from this customer. Not another dime or chance.

  • Charlie Delray wrote:
    25 May 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Hi…

    I’ve had numerous meals at Oceano Kitchen since the change.

    Probably ten to 12. Notethat I have no allegiance to the new owners (nor the old ones either) other than that I was/am a “regular”.

    The odd thing is…

    The pizzas I have enjoyed in NO WAY resemble what is shown above. Not even close, IMO.

    Additionally, there’s also no way anyone would consider them “personal pizzas” (in my opinion). I am a big eater and not a chance I can get through much more that half.

    They are no more a “personal pizza” then the plain pie at Lucali… which sells for, btw, $24. (Your “Florida is now trying to command $18” statement falls far short!).

    Are KO pies Dak pies? No. Nothing is. But they’re damn good if you ask me.

    I have no idea what happened on your visit but I’d urge you to go again. As I said, I’ve been here 10-12 times and not close to your experience.

    (Regarding the timing of food coming out, that indeed was an issue once or twice earlier… but I know they’ve addressed that and I’ve not had any related issues recently at all).

    Further..

    The non-pizza food here is excellent, superb, fabulous… It stands on its own and if they stopped selling pizza that would be disappointing but not crushing…

    I recently had English Pea soup that may have been the best soup I’ve ever enjoyed – and I don’t even like peas!

    Two gazpachos were also excellent on other nights. Awesome salads with the best ingredients and kickass flavors.

    I am very happy – delighted – to pay their prices for some of the best food in Palm Beach County right now.

    And the new outside dining area is a nice informal change from many other top local restaurants. Go here in your bathing suit if you like… but dine like a king!

    I posted similar remarks as above on a Chowhound post where someone re-posted your link… I was able to upload photos there… please take a look at those and see what you think.

    https://www.chowhound.com/post/oceano-1056188

  • Pizza Expert wrote:
    04 Jun 2017 at 4:42 am

    I do not think I will go out of the way to try it again, but as I have stated, if someone invited me to eat there I wouldn’t say no. Maybe we should go together and see if we agree during my second try there.

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