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7 of the Best Pizza Spots in South Florida

October is all about pumpkin flavors, fall colors, Halloween prep and … pizza. Of course, America’s favorite food not only gets an unofficial celebratory day but also a whole month dedicated to the most-loved cheese, sauce and dough trio – October is National Pizza Month.

Today, when it comes to pizza, anything goes. From coal-fired to wood oven, New York style or what have you, here’s a piece of the best pizza joints in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Best Overall: Pizzeria Oceano

Pizzeria Oceano is something else. That’s probably why it was rated No. 1 twice for “Best Overall Pizza” from WorstPizza.com and the New Times. With a new menu each day, diners indulge in the freshest ingredients locally sourced from produce farms, seafood, sausage and ham spots. Most popular is the white pizza with tomino, mozzarella, shallot, pecorino and olive oil.

201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana
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Best Coal-Fired: Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar

With locations in Coral Springs and Boca Raton, get a slice of the best coal-fired pizza people are talking about. The secret is in its homemade sauce, 20-year old recipe and hand-built coal pizza ovens. Enjoy buy-one-get-one-free cheese pizza flats throughout the month of October and enter for a chance to win free pizza for a year.

2240 NW 19th St., Ste. 904, Boca Raton
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Best Wood-Oven: Kitchenetta

For the best wood-oven pizza, try Kitchenetta’s Bianco di Parma. It’s so good that it’s competed and won the best pizza in Fort Lauderdale for the show “Best in Chow” on the Cooking Channel. All of its pizzas are made with Caputo flour imported from Napoli, tomato sauce from San Marzano tomatoes, homemade mozzarella and topped with extra virgin olive oil.

2850 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
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Best Late Night Pizza: Primanti Bros.

Since its originating location in Pennsylvania in 1933, Primanti Bros. has since grown as a chain with three locations in Florida: Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Its Fort Lauderdale beach location serves those “almost-famous” sandwiches and hand-tossed pizzas 24 hours a day. Order by slice or get a whole pie of the best basic pizza where every slice is as good as the last.

901 N. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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Best Toppings: Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica is known for its unique, thick toppings. Its fresh pizza is made daily with homemade dough and fresh produce with no preservatives or trans fat. In 1996, Pizza Rustica opened its doors in Miami Beach and started serving pizzas with toppings like meatballs, ground beef and barbecue shrimp, just to name a few. The most unique is the restaurant’s chocolate pizza, a crust filled with a layer of chocolate hazelnut Nutella topped with fresh strawberries. 

3327 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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Best “Grandma’s” Pizza: Umbertos Pizzeria & Restaurant

Umberto’s Pizzeria is home of the “Grandma’s Pie,” which was featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Its Grandma's Pie is made the old-fashioned way, with fresh tomato slices, mozzarella, garlic, basil and oregano. The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1965 with its first location in Long Island, NY.

3051 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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Best Italian: Scuola Vecchia Pizza

Scuola Vecchia is Italian for “old school,” which is exactly what you’ll get with recipes, ingredients and oven straight from Italy. It is the only restaurant in South Florida certified by the Associazone Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, which oversees and maintains the highest standards in the art of making authentic Neapolitan pizza, according to its website. Cooked directly in its wood-burning oven on volcanic stone, Scuola Vecchia’s pizza received the 53rd spot on the “101 Best Pizzas in America” list and was dubbed New Times' Best Pizza in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach for 2014. With a résumé like that, you are guaranteed the best Italian pies.


522 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
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