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Best Pizza in South Florida 2013



It seems almost daily I get emails asking me where the Best Pizza in South Florida is. Readers who ask this question do not realize how subjective pizza tastes are and that just because I like one style at a specific pizzeria doesn’t mean they will feel the same way. After a lot of consideration we finally decided to put out the definitive guide of the where to get the best pizza in South Florida.

Please keep in mind we have not tried every single pizza place in the South Florida area, but we have gotten to a good majority of them. Places like Stanzione 87 haven’t been tried yet, and I am aware they might be considered for this list if I had tried it already. Many times if a place is just awful we choose not to write a scathing review, since it is not our objective to put these places out of business. We are in search of the best pizza and telling you where to find it. Also it should be noted that we usually get our pizza plain so that we can compare it fairly at the thousands of places we try.

I am sure many of you will be insanely upset that we missed a place, or that you hated a place we chose, but we stand by our choices.

Without further ado……

Best Overall Pizza is Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana, FL

Best Wood & Coal Oven Pizza is Tucci’s Pizza in Boca Raton, FL

Best Coal Oven Pizza is  the Craig Pizza at Nick’s New Haven Pizza in Boca Raton, FL (yes named after the guy you think).

Honorable mention goes to Esposito’s Pizza in Davie, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza in Plantation.

Best Neapolitan Pizza is Scuola Vecchia in Delray Beach, FL

Honorable mention goes to Fratelli La Buffala in Miami Beach

Best Wood Oven Pizza is Kitchenetta in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Honorable mention goes to Spritz Pizza in Coral Gables, Osteria Acqua & Farina in Fort Lauderdale, Sicilian Oven in Lighthouse Point.

Best Sicilian Slice is Kings County Pizza in North Miami Beach

Honorable mention goes to La Pizzeria in Pompano Beach, Frankie’s Pizza in Miami, Dominic’s I Pizza in Boca Raton.

Best Regular Slice is Mauro’s Pizza in Hollywood, FL

Honorable mention goes to Steve’s Pizza in North Miami, Times Square Pizza in Fort Lauderdale.

Best Off the Menu Pizza the Craig Pizza at Nick’s New Haven Pizza in Boca Raton, FL again. I remention it here since it isn’t found on the regular menu there.

Best Detroit Style Pizza is Grande Pizza in Boca Raton, FL

Honorable mention goes to Augy’s Pizza in Boca Raton.

Best Deep Dish Pizza is NONE. No Place. Order Lou Malnati’s pizza frozen and have it in your South Florida house.

Best Brick Oven Pizza is Andiamo Brick Oven Pizza in  Miami, FL

Best Somewhat Healthy Pizza is the Crossfit pie at Giotto Pizza in Miami Beach, FL

Best Upside Down Sicilian is Spadini’s Pizza in Boca Raton, FL

Best Thin Slice Personal Pizza is Joey’s Pizza In Wynwood Miami, FL

Favorite Newcomer is Blocks Pizza in Miami Beach, FL




Pupatella Neopolitan Pizzeria and Friggitoria

On the recommendations of a friend and a few best pizza lists, My wife and  I checked out Pupatella in Arlington, VA.  Just outside DC, this authentic VPN (Verace Pizza Napoleta) and DOC certified casual restaurant has been said to pop out some of the best pies in town!  With humble beginnings as a pizza cart at a nearby metro station, Pupatella had made a lot of fans before its doors even opened in mid 2010.  

Going in I wasn’t sure what a Friggitoria was, but I now assume it’s because this food is “friggin” amazing.  This oak wood fired pizzeria has an oven made from the ashes of Mt Vesuvius.  At 1000 degrees, five pies at a time are cooked for one minute each until they reach a perfect char on each pliable delicious crust.  Ingredients are first rate with their heirloom San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella imported from Naples.  I must admit that I almost didn’t even have enough space to order some pies after filling my stomach with their amazing Arancini from their Friggitoria menu.   These fried risotto balls are stuffed with sausage or eggplant and absolutely blew away the “supply y telephono” risotto balls I’ve had at other great restaurants in the area.  Nonetheless, I had to try the pies and ordered a red and a white.

These 12 inch pizzas had the best crusts I’ve found in DC.  They were perfectly charred yet bendable without spilling.   The DOC and VPN certified Margherita pizza had delicious tomatoes and cheese and was topped with basil.  Unlike other top area pizzerias, the basil seemed to be cooked onto the pie rather than added after it came out of the oven which took a tiny bit of kick from it.  This is the only thing that keeps me from putting this in the same class with the areas 4 best Neopolitan pie sauces,  Seventh Hill, 2 Amys, Pizza CS, and Mia’s.  It was darned close though!  The incredible crust, however, was better than any of these places.  The white Spinach pizza was covered in an Italian cream, pine nuts, feta, and red pepper.  It was fresh and tasty but not quite as good as the tomato sauce based pie in my opinion. 

Pupatella is a casual dining experience.  Each diner grabs their own utensils, picks their own table, orders at a counter, drinks from a bottled soda, beer, or wine, and clears their own table.    No reservations are accepted so expect a wait if you come during peak hours.  Believe me though, it’s worth the wait!

District of Pi, Washington DC

Until recently, there has been a huge hole in the Washington DC pizza scene when it comes to deep dish pizza. Frustrated local foodies might advise you to go anywhere from Unos (The originator of Chicago style deep dish) to Albertos, to Armand’s to (cough) Pizza hut. I’m proud to say that a consensus is finally here! District of Pi is now serving up amazing deep dish pies topped with some of the cities tastiest tomatoes in Penn Quarter!

The hype for District of Pi began shortly after Obama came into office. Many hoped that a good deep dish would follow him from Chicago to DC but no one could have expected him to announce his favorite deep dish as being from St Louis, MO. Shortly after he flew Pi’s chefs to DC, word spread and “The Pi Truck” was born.


Abeetza Pizza – My New Favorite Pizza in Long Island (From Mad Greek)

Editors Note: We usually never allow reviewers to give out a perfect slice rating, until they have covered dozens of pizza places for us. After speaking with Mad Greek, he managed to convince me that this pizza deserved the 8 out of 8 slice ranking he gave them. I haven’t tried this pizza yet, so I am still not forming an opinion until I try it myself, at which point this rating might change 🙂

Mad Greek here. Congratulations to Joseph DeLorenzo and his staff for making Abeetza Pizza in Greenvale the number one parlor pizzeria on Long Island in my opinion.

So there is no mistake, Abeetza Pizza in Greenvale may be a traditional New York parlor type pizzeria by their size and location, it nevertheless has separated itself from the pack by, among other things, preparing every day, on premise, fresh eclectic and traditional assortments of pizza and other fine italian specialties and salads. The fare at Abeetza Pizza in Greenvale, NY is nothing short of the scale of top notch epicurian style and taste that one would beg of an Iron Chef and any fine italian eatery. Come to think of it, Mr. Eataly himself, Mario Batali, could pick up a pointer or two by checking out Abeetza’s offerings. Just as Lady Ga-Ga. Her name says it all. And she does, going Ga-Ga twice a week for Abeetza Pizza as she jet sets in and out of Teterboro with nearly half of Abeetza’s food on their menu, pizza included.

 As for Abeetza’s pizza, it starts with Fresh made whole milk mozzarella twisted every day on premise along with deep kettle cauldrons of several styled traditional and non-traditional sauces for all dishes.


Cafe La Buca Pompano Beach, FL

My buddy Stu kept telling me about a pizza place/Italian Restaurant he ate at, and consistently goes back since it was outrageous. I of course had my suspicions, since Stu is not a reviewer on the site, and I was not entirely sure I could trust his pizza palette. When he offered to treat me to lunch there the other day, I couldn’t resist the chance of putting his Pizza Authority to the test.

Cafe La Buca is located in a shopping center on a side road in Pompano Beach that you would drive by and never think to stop. It looks like it could be falling apart, and I wonder if the landlord realizes how ugly it looks. Throughout a dozen or so years, I am certain I have passed this place several times, but due to the nature of where it was located, I never thought to stop and look.


Luzzo’s Pizza New York City NYC Best Pizza New York

New York, New York… Its a hell of a town!!! The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down!!! Speaking of down and in, there’s a pizza place worth checking out just off the “L” train stop off 14th and 1st. The place is called Luzzo’s.

Hmmm, where have I heard of this place before? I distinctly remember a Ms. Gabriella from Positano’s dare tell me that Luzzo’s was the best pizza in all of New York City. Well, let’s find out if she was right. Luzzo’s sports an additional namesake of a once famous pizzeria (Una Pizza Napoletana), formerly on 2nd Avenue and 12th Street (now Motorino’s). This downtown East Village scene is like sticking your finger into a wet outlet. It has buzz and excitement all around. It was no different last Thursday when yours truly picked a Plum and hit the charts with a solid 7.


Lenny’s Pizza Jamesport, Long Island Best Pizza

Approximately 90 miles from Port Richmond – Staten Island, and the great Denino’s Pizza (one of the best pizza I have ever tried) is the tucked away gem of a pizzeria in Jamesport – Long Island named Lenny’s. Lenny’s Pizza makes traveling out to Jamesport on the North Fork of Long Island worth it.

Here you will find another classic New York pizza chef named Jimmy who clearly understands how to make a thin crust New York style neopolitan pie. Lenny’s Pizza has a secret sauce that is sweet and spicy topped with a blended low fat and grande cheese that blows away the competition east of Wading River / Shirley and likely all of the North and South Fork territories.Its important to note that there are other places to grab a fine artesian pie in the Eastern portion of Long Island. But here, as is many the case, Lenny’s Pizza falls under the classification of New York style parlor pizza.


Brother’s Pizza Fresh Meadows, NY Best Pizza

With my car overheating in 101 degree weather, trapped under the BQE (that’s the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for those unfamiliar with one of the worst roadways in America) one can play the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies in one’s head while the car cools down and recite the old sayings over and over… “There’s no place like home.”.

And so it was today for the Mad Greek. Once home, there’s was only one thing left for his madness to do and that was to end the pain and suffering of a day gone bad. To do just that all I needed was a spot at the counter at Brothers Pizzeria. By 3:00 pm, clear of any further NYC traffic and heat wave jihads, I was home again and sitting in front of Joe, arguable the best pizza chef in all of New York.


Brother’s Pizza Staten Island One of the Best Pizzerias

One of the benefits of growing up in Staten Island, NY was there is good pizza everywhere. Brother’s Pizzeria was something of a legend. It was known to have the best Sicilian slice of any pizza place around. And because it was always crowded, it was always fresh hot and delicious.

Everyone I went with had a favorite section. The corner gave you a lot of crust. The middle was a little softer, full of saucy goodness and cheese. I always preferred a side slice.

It has a nice crust to hold while enjoying the yummy cheesey slice. People have been know to wait for the next pie to get the slice they wanted.


Pizzeria Oceano Lantana, FL Best Pizza Lantana

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.