Ten Best Pizza Places in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Pizza may be one of America's favorite foods, a food that has become more American than Italian, with slices in cities from east to west offering a different take on how to best combine three basic ingredients: dough, cheese and sauce. There's New York-style, Chicago and Sicilian. Some bake up a thin crust, while others are thick and gooey. And what was once basic shredded mozzarella has now moved to include dollops of cream-like goat cheese, or finely shredded blends of imported and aged specialties.

Today, when it comes to pizza, anything goes -- and personal taste means every place has its fans and its haters. In South Florida, we all have our favorites.

But there's still good pizza and bad pizza, no matter how you slice it. To help navigate the South Florida selections, we've taken the liberty of selecting the area's best pizza joints, from the old-school mom and pop spots that to the rustic coal-fired ovens that produce some stellar gourmet slices.

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Grimaldi's in Palm Beach Gardens uses special coal to bake their pizza.
10. Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria
Although it's somewhat of a chain with locations in states like Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey and New York, Grimaldi's pizza is a top favorite for those that live above the West Palm Beach line. According to Grimaldi's, everything from the coal used to cook the pies, to the water that makes the dough, is specially imported. The coal-fired, brick-oven-baked pizza has a unique flavor with a crisp, crunchy crust (here considered a New York-style slice) thanks to what Grimaldi's claims is 100 years worth of pizza-making tradition. How? First, they use a special Pennsylvania coal called anthracite, delivered to each location monthly, which burns cleaner and more eco-friendly than gas or wood. The fires are stoked daily at 4 p.m., a way to keep things consistent, and thanks to the fuel source the ovens are known to get intensely hot, baking the pizza quickly and evenly. As if that's not enough, the restaurant also claims to have hired a chemist to find the exact formula of the Brooklyn location's water so they could recreate the exact mineral content for a replicated taste profile.

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Camilli's is thin crust "Chicago" style pizza.
9. Camilli's Pizza
This Lake Park pizzeria has been serving up slices since opening its doors 45 years ago. Even though they don't deliver, this hasn't stopped people from coming back -- year after year -- for a taste of one of the best pies around. Anyone born and raised in the North Palm Beach area has most certainly had a slice or two of this "Chicago" style pizza, one that has a thin and crunchy crust, and is delivered to your table steaming hot with tons of cheese, light on the sauce. Three generations of Camilli's have worked the small restaurant, but it's owner Ken Camilli -- born in Minnesota -- who founded the place. His recipe for the dough is Chicago-born, passed down from his uncle who visited the city in the '50s and shared the secret weapon for making some of the best pizza around.

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Location Info

Scuola Vecchia Pizza e Vino

522 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Tamarindo Pizza

614 SE 10th St., Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Oceano

201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, FL

Category: Restaurant

Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar

2240 NW 19th St., Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Vito's Gourmet Pizza

6212 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Camilli's Pizza

927 Park Ave., Lake Park, FL

Category: Restaurant

Franco & Vinny's

2884 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
iosia64
iosia64

Charlie, what about Annie Pizza on Wiles Road in Coral Springs or Pasquale's ? Looks like the neighborhood joints got shut out. How about Corellis in Lauderdale by the Sea? Looks like you picked only gourmet pizza joints. How about La Fontana and Sicilian Oven in Coral Springs ? They are gourmet pizza joints. Who's doing your research, you may need to hire me...lol

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i am glad you missed MY favorite places - i don't want a bunch of nit-wits coming in to take my table - VILA ROSA has only been around since BRUTUS killed JULIUS (the best ceasar) and EMPIRE with the big gorilla outside (downtown ft lauderdale a single slice is an entire meal) you have to be really hungry

otherwise i cannot vouch for or against many of these places BUT i would be leary of any STYLE as in new york style or new haven style since these may be duds (in new haven it's SALLYs APIZZA that is the standard i know - i never heard of a nick's) and in REAL new york there a at least a dozen different "styles" of pizza - fugedaboudit

but it is fun to eat and compare - another critiria i would use however is COLD, how does it taste COLD

Woof
Woof

Seriously, no mention of Tucci`s Coal Fired Pizza in Boca Raton, FL? Consistantly delicious and their Marinated Wood Oven Roasted Wings are to Die for too!

Cindi Ghen Zilka
Cindi Ghen Zilka

El Tamarindo is my favorite. Very nice family that always makes you feel at home.

Melinda Lafferty
Melinda Lafferty

Papi's NY Pizza in Pompano! It's not fancy, overpriced or off the wall. Straightforward NY pizza, the way it should be.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Pizzeria Oceano is the best!! I'm glad its number one on this list, as it really is the bestest.

Aimee Adler
Aimee Adler

You guys forgot Spadini's Mizner Pizzeria!!

Kate
Kate

Glad to see a list of pizza in South Florida.  Agree with Chaz you did nail it with PO!  NO one on the list even comes close!  Now you just made it harder for all of us who dine there regularly.  Pizzeria Oceano is our favorite restaurant in South Florida.

ChazDelray
ChazDelray

I have not had all of these, so I can't comment on the list fairly. That said…

You'll probably get a lot of folks asking where is Anthony's. That's the obvious omission IMO.

I would have added Pummarola in Boca Town Center Mall.

Good call with Scuola Vecchia near the top.

And of course you nailed it with PO #1. Although I kind of with you had left them off altogether, already too hard to get a table! Pizzeria Oceano – terrible – no one should go there! :-)

ChazDelray
ChazDelray

@frankd4 How does it taste cold? Who the heck cares? Ridiculous.

Let's compare hamburgers - but you have to eat them cold to really tell! Right?

ChazDelray
ChazDelray

@Cindi Ghen Zilka Too bad their website is such as disaster. I wanted to go there the other day, but it's impossible to find where they are located, their hours, or any other useful information.

Someone should really tell them that no one wants a "fancy" restaurant website. We want to know your menu, your location, your hours. That is all. In plain text. No music, no Flash, no massive PDF's or Graphics.

They are losing money and customers because of their idiot web site.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the one on the beach is okay (for the beach) and the one on university is in the shadow of mario the baker across the street (much better food) BUT NEITHER location of PRIMANTIs can spell ..........CANNOLI.........SO HOW ITALIAN CAN IT REALLY BE ???

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

ANTHONY'S is burnt toast with sauce on it - i go for their GREAT SALAD and GOOD WINEs - but i also subtract points for charging $8 for water (very gauche but for a simple pizzeria ? not appropriate = period)

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