South Florida's Ten Best Pizzas

Behold, pizza lovers. It's the list you've been waiting for: the best places for pizza in South Florida. And though we're all passionate about our pizza, chances are, what each of us labels as "best" has been shaped by where we're from, be it New Haven, New York, or Naples. Read on for a list that, with luck, has something for everyone.

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Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza. For some Godfather with your pie
Adorned in pics of mafioso -- some of them after they'd been shot -- this shop is beloved for its Godfather-inspired charm, house-made cannolis, and the pizza, of course. Former critic John Linn swoons over the crust at this pizza joint from a Bensonhurst family that hung it up in New York to move to Florida six years ago. "Mona Lisa's proficiency with dough is the sort of artistry that can come only with time, passed down over three generations of kneading, proofing, and baking."

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Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria. For white clam pie
I'm in love with the cracker-thin crust from a New Haven pie, with salty mozzarella seasoned with seafood elixir and a healthy serving of roasted garlic. According to Slice over on Serious Eats, the style is among the best-preserved American pies -- though this one isn't the oblong thing you'd see at Pepe's.


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Cafe La Buca. For gluttony
Cafe La Buca has zero ambiance. It can be pricey. You likely need a reservation. And it's BYO. The food here is so delicious that it's a crime to order just the pizza, so consider it one of many courses. The wood-fired margherita is among the pizzas, with its blistered crust and authentic ingredients: San Marzanos, fresh mozzarella, and superfine Italian flour that translates to transcendent pies. 

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Tucci's Fire and Coal Pizza. For Anthony's defectors who live near Boca
Thin-crust, wood-fired pizza at Tucci's has culled a band of loyalists for its consistency. Points for a respectable pie, but like Anthony's, the ingredients are applied with a heavy hand. That said, it's not bad either.

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. For toppings junkies
Made with a blend of superfine 00 flour and the standard stuff, Anthony's crust is blistered by the superhot coal-fired oven, yet it's thicker and less pillowy: all the better for holding up to a smothering of toppings. No grease, no soupy center, or fold-over crusts here.

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Primanti Brothers. For drunks
The only blisters this crust has are those it creates on the roof of your mouth when you fail to wait for the slice to cool. This is the go-to slice for a round of people-watching after a thousand beers. Pittsburgh-based Primanti Brothers offers a firm crust and a greasy, gooey mess of cheese by the beach any time of the day or night.

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Nino's. For Sicilian aficionados
Cheese before sauce on this Nino's signature pizza for thick-dough lovers. Slices are available until 3 p.m. daily, though a whole, giant pie is available to go anytime -- just don't expect a fast turnaround. Thicker pies take more time.

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D'Angelo. For pampering with your pizza
D'Angelo offers an extensive menu, terrific service, an open dining room for people-watching, and a solid pie from Elia D'Angelo and his pizziaolo. "There are those among us who, unable to return to our normal lives, have to deal with the constant pangs of addiction," wrote John Linn in the review, "our inner monologues pleading for pizzas made with creamy stracchino and speck, or figs with black pepper, or pungent taleggio with porcini mushrooms. There should be a support group for this."

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Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza. For Luigi
Luigi's Neapolitan style pie is among the best around even if it's not DOC certified. Thin, blistered crust, a soupy center, and ingredients so fresh you can taste the difference characterize a pie from this restaurant that's open until midnight every night. Luigi's hospitality is also the draw, as he's known to accommodate special orders and send a round of homemade limoncello to everyone at the bar.

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Sicilian Oven. For the crowd pleaser
These wood-fired pies cook slower than their coal-oven siblings. And while many coal-fired ovens have sections for wood to impart flavor, there's nothing like a pie from a wood-fired oven that's been properly tended to; i.e. it's hot enough and the pizza is positioned in the oven in an ideal spot. The result here is a chewy crust with a pillowy lip and a delicious interplay of tart tomatoes and creamy cheese. 

Other contenders: SpoonFedMauro's

What did we miss? Weigh in with your favorite pizzas in the comments.


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18 comments
Craig (lapp)
Craig (lapp)

Although the Ninos photo was taken during my visit with John, and I couldn't agree more about Tuccis, there is NO WAY Luigis should be here. Also, the sheer fact you didn't include Pizzeria Oceano makes me question if you actually ate at many of these

bradley
bradley

Melissa has really missed the mark on this list!  Pizzeria Oceano was given the title of 'best pizza' by NEW TIMES I might add.  It is the 'best pizza' in the nation, even better than my old neighborhood's Lucali in Brooklyn.  They are the most organic and locally sourced restaurant in South Florida.  Harry's also should get a nod for ingredients and creativity.  This chick sounds like she's clueless and uninformed.

Heatherremington
Heatherremington

Who is the writer who did this article she should be fired!!!!! Please Anthony's and nino's holy crap! Let's see she only missed the best pizza in Florida and top 10 in the nation!!! Pizzeria Oceano!

Mik
Mik

Where is Pizza Time in Coral Springs? Do your research before you write your stupid meaningless blog next time.

Joeg23
Joeg23

Thank you for quoting from John Linn.  Hi reviews are greatly missed.

Pietastic
Pietastic

pie-zans is the best new york style slice in south florida. they're habanero infused fire(meat)balls are nothing to turn your nose at, too.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

If a column about pizza doesn't get Dennis commenting again, nothing will. Good list btw.

Mrdes
Mrdes

You missed going the address to any of these places!!! Good Work!!

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Pizza...though good here, is sorely lacking the New York kind. While I like a wood or coal fired pizza every once and again, what I miss is the soggy greasy mess of a slice....That's the stuff of my dreams.

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Thanks for commenting, Craig. I read your blog often. I moved here in August and have been eating my way from here to West Palm since then. I'm just getting a handle on all that's here, be it pizza, burgers, or beer bar. Thanks for the heads up on Pizzeria Oceano. Yes, I did overlook it. That's what the comments are for: generating discussion about what each person thinks is best.

Mark Eats Everything
Mark Eats Everything

Pizza Time is terrible, they pre-make their pies and warm them up to order, then fool customers into thinking they're some artisan shop by charging over $20 a pop. Get out of Coral Springs now and again... every restaurant there that's been doing the same thing since 1982 thinks they're the bees knees. 

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Each one is linked; that's why it's a different color. If you click on it, you'll find the address, phone number and a map.

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

You know, when I lived in New York I went to Grimaldi's under the bridge in the BK, or Arturo's. My favorite, though was Lombardi's: loved the pizza, the old school tile with the name spelled out in it; hot Italian servers, the upstairs outside section. . Sigh. 

My drunk slice was with a dash of lime at My Little Pizzeria on Court Street, made by the Maltese dudes I believe. So cheap. Such variety there: another pizza shop on Smith used sesame seeds in their crust.

Craig (lapp)
Craig (lapp)

I am Gonna go to Oceano tonight. Haven't been for a while. I also love Kitchenetta pizza. Have you tried that one yet? Thanks for reading www.worstpizza.com as well, I appreciate it

A fan
A fan

Melissa,I'm a fan of your reviews, but having to click a link for an address is a cheap trick for additional pageviews. It would be really great to list the addresses and would only take a second :)

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