Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL: For the money-smart traveler
If you are anything like Michael and I, your travels revolve around food. If you’re hiking you pack snacks, mid-afternoon it’s time for an espresso pick-me-up, and don’t forget late night desserts. We tend to stick with cheap foods to make the most of our trip. Cheap food means pizza. Pizza is so versatile, is it a carb, protein, or veggie? The dietitian in me could argue all three!
Pizza can be topped with any of your favorite meats, cheeses, fruits or vegetables. The crust might be chewy, crunchy, hand tossed, or thin. Pizza can come baked in a conventional oven, brick pit, microwave, or over a campfire. Before I jump in and tell you all about the Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL, here is a history lesson for ya!
History of Pizza:
Naples, Italy was founded in the 1700s and early 1800s as a thriving waterfront city. The city was all hustle and bustle and needed a quick meal to eat on the go. These early pizzas consumed by Naples’ poor featured the tasty toppings we enjoy today, like tomatoes, cheese, anchovies and garlic.
Italy unified in 1861, and King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889. Legend has it that the traveling pair became bored with their steady diet of French haute cuisine and asked for an assortment of pizzas from the city’s Pizzeria Brandi. The variety the queen enjoyed most was called pizza mozzarella, a pie topped with the soft white cheese, red tomatoes and green basil. (Perhaps it was no coincidence that her favorite pie featured the colors of the Italian flag.) From then on, the story goes, that particular topping combination was dubbed pizza Margherita.*(see Resources below)
We love a good Neapolitan-style pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella, and sprigs of fresh basil. However, we also never turn down a chance to build our own pie with local ingredients. Our home base has been Pensacola, FL while Michael finishes college. Our “college” budget affords us a life of pizza, beer, and coffee (who can complain). Check out our list of Coffee shops in Pensacola too! We have become experts on pizza and have rounded up a list of 10 pizza shops in Pensacola, FL. Bon Apetite!
Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL
1.Boomerangs: Located in Milton, FL in a kitschy 50s inspired shop, this pie is heaven in your mouth. The crust won us over with is golden, crunchy goodness. Every bite oozes with sweet extra virgin olive oil. 227 Willing St, Milton, FL 32570
2.Sky’s Pizza Pie: Located in a shopping center, this unsuspecting eatery is perfect for a quick bite. The pizzas are made in the New York style way. You can buy by the slice or whole pie. Join the fun for happy hour for 1 slice and a beer. It was also voted “Best on the Coast” for 2014 and 2015. 5559 N Davis Hwy Pensacola, FL 32503
3.Chubby’s: This newer establishment is in the heart of East Hill. A large takeout pizza is ready in about 10 minutes! They are known for their 18inch pies and the crust is hand tossed and chewy. 2030 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
4.Tuscan Oven: My favorite sit down restaurant on the list! There are extensive food and wine lists and the pizza is prepared in a brick oven imported from Italy. 4801 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
5.Georgio’s Pizza: My second favorite pizza spot is located off of Cervantes. You will feel welcomed the moment you walk through the door. The dining room walls are hand painted with murals of Naples, Italy. I can’t help but be transported to Italy after staring at these panoramic masterpieces. 3000 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32503
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6.Ozone’s Pizza Pub: This psychedelic shop is housed behind the Vineyard on 12th avenue. The delicious pies are swirled with pesto or tomato sauce, creating fun optical illusions with each bite. Their craft beer selection is top notch as well, offering pale ales, wheat, stouts, and porters. 1010 N 12th Ave #111, Pensacola, FL 32501
7.Fournari’s Brothers Greek: This restaurant serves pizza with a Greek flair. Expect to find Greek peppers, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives sparkled atop your pie. Of course, you can always choose a more traditional Italian pizza, if you so choose. 6911 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505
8.New Yorker’s Deli and Pizzeria: This tiny restaurant has roots from New York with a menu to match. They serve deep dish and hand tossed pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, and chicken salad scoops. This is a delightful place for a takeaway lunch. We recommend getting a large pizza that is half “Athenian” and half “New Yorker”. 3001 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32503
9.Paisano’s: Their slogan is my favorite, “Made by the hand not by the can”. If you dine in on your birthday you have the choice of a FREE bottle of wine OR a $10 USD meal voucher. They are opened 7 days a week and offer a variety of pasta, pizza, salads, and more. This is place is popular with our Navy recruits as it is located near the Navy base. 3910 W Navy Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32507
10.Papa’s Pizza: Do you spend all day frolicking in the waves, strolling the shoreline, and gathering souvenirs from the beach? We do too and we work up quite the appetite along the way. You’re in luck! This pizza joint is in Pensacola Beach, on the bay side. Grab a drink and slice of pizza (equivalent to 2 slices) for under $10 USD and be on your sandy way! 400 Quietwater Beach Rd #1, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
What is your favorite style of pizza and what toppings do you ALWAYS add?
For us, we love a thin crispy crust topped with Italian sausage, fresh basil, black olives on half (for Michael), and mushrooms.
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