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Oceano Kitchen Pizza Lantana, FL

Oceano Kitchen Pizza Lantana, FL

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.

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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:


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


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.

Napoli Pizza Boynton Beach, FL

Across from Santaluces High School  is a new pizza place that replaced Dom and Louie’s named Napoli Pizza. Since my son was wrestling at a tournament across the street, I took a walk and decided to try some of the pizza here. Dom and Louie’s actually wasn’t a bad slice so I was sad to hear they couldn’t make it in this location. It had all the makings of a winning place. Booths when you walked in, a counter where you ordered from, and you could actually dine here without the nuisance or slowdown of a server.

Immediately upon entering Napoli Pizza it became evident that the layout had changed. Although they still had some booths against the west wall, there were now tables with chairs in the center and a big long un-needed bar along the east wall. Guess what? Yup…. now there was a server who asked me to sit down in order to get my 1, yes 1 slice of pizza. ARRRRRGH


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My friend John who used to be a food critic for a local paper kept telling me he found the perfect pizza place in South Florida and it was called Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana. Although we agreed that Tucci’s Pizza in Boca Raton was delicious, and The Sicilian Oven in Lighthouse Point as well, for some reason I just never really listened to him and went. After a long time had gone by without seeing each other, we decided to go on a pizza crawl at a few pizza joints towards the North. Initially we were going to go to Pizzeria Oceano, then Nick’s Apizza in Lake Worth, and then venture out to some random place we hoped to pass on the way home. We never made it to the third.


N.Y.P.D. Pizza Lantana

nypd_pizza.jpgWent with my brother in law on a tour of some pizza places throughout Lantana/Lake Worth the other day.  We started with N.Y.P.D. Pizza in Lantana, located on 121 S. 3rd Street 561.202.9111.  They say on their menu that they have New York’s Finest Brick Oven Pizza, and I was up for the challenge to see if they were right or wrong.

NYPD pizza is a bit run down inside, and located in a pretty run down shopping center.  Not usually the place I would pull in to try, and I am sure many others share my sentiment.  Perhaps 20 years ago this shopping center might have been deemed nice, but as for now it is in desperate need of an update.