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A Matter of Taste: Pizza

What tastes good to you might not taste good to me. Instead, let’s talk about everything but.

Pizza. It’s the subject of great debate for those who love it. Chicago, New York, whole wheat crust... we’re not about to jump in with an opinion on what’s better. What we can do is tell you some of the other great things about five local pizza parlors and let you decide from there. As for best tasting? While we have our opinion (hint: they’re on this list), we’ll let you decide for yourself. After all, we’ve learned the hard way: never get between a pizza lover and their preferences.

Before You Dine… Before you hang your hopes on that cheesy, saucy creation, here are a couple of things to keep in mind when ordering:

1. Real cheese matters. Unfortunately, not every pizza purveyor prides themselves on the quality of their ingredients. To most of us, it matters. Ask before you order.

2. If you’re looking for delivery on the beach, know that you may wait a while, even in the slower months. One main road covers most of the sand bar we live on, and that means delivery isn’t always “30 minutes or less.”

If you want to eat...

*Pizza and have a glass of red wine:

Locals and tourists alike have different reasons for coming here, but if you want to sip on a glass of wine over your pie, this is the place to go. At times they have guitar music, and in addition to pizza they serve other Italian dishes. They also have a full liquor bar (the only such pizza place on this list), but they do not have their own web site. You’ll find them at 1515 Gulf Boulevard on Indian Rocks Beach. Call them at 596-1515 for more information.

*Your basic pizza:

Choose from the Madeira Beach or Treasure Island carry-out or delivery only locations. This is the most straightforward pizza on the beach. It’s also, in our experience, consistent, inexpensive, and busy. Expect to wait up to two hours for delivery during season. They don’t have an active web site, and clearly it isn’t hurting their business. North of John’s Pass, dial 395-9090 for their location at 15103 Madeira Way. South of John’s Pass, call 367-5744 and find them at 10661 Gulf Boulevard.

*Just a slice: Pajano’s

If you need a fix and you want a slice or a pie, Pajano’s can hook you up. There’s nothing fancy about the pizza, but you can get a slice and a soda without any trouble at all. They also have a sturdy selection of other pizzeria-type staples: steak and cheese, salads, and a cornucopia of subs.

*In an Italian restaurant that also serves pizza: DeLosa’s Pizza

This Madeira Beach restaurant has pizza as well as veal Parmesan. You’ll find them inside John’s Pass. You can get a slice to go and wander the shops or sit down and enjoy a salad and a slice.

*Other stuff on and alongside your pizza: Post Corner Pizza

This long-standing Clearwater Beach Greek restaurant offers Greek dishes alongside traditional pizza fare. It’s also the only place we know of on the beaches where you can get eggplant as a topping. Remember, if it has veggies on it, it’s not just pizza – it’s healthy pizza.

Susu August 25, 2011 at 06:22 PM
A genuinely delish "Pizza Parlor" on the beaches will make a wealthy owner. Real, whole milk mozzarella, good sauce and the right crust will make a yummy pie. I'm sick of soggy, limp, doughy crust. Am I expecting too much??
Debora Harris August 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Original Pizza in Treasure Island is the best I've had in the area. Our fave is Bacon with Banana Peppers...always amazing. Their dough and sauce are amazing!
Cathy Salustri August 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM
I prefer Original as well; they have one in TI and one in Mad Beach. If anyone knows where I can find a decent Margherita pizza, please met me know! I used to love the food at Fortunato's Pizza, but then they switched names, management, menu and quality. So sad...
Kimberly Robinson September 01, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Post Corner Pizza in Clearwater Beach is the best I've tasted down here. My husband like's Gigi's Special. I wish I could find good Chicago style pizza in St. Pete

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