Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL: For the money-smart traveler

Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL

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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Pizza Shops in Pensacola, FL

Resources: 

  1. http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/a-slice-of-history-pizza-through-the-ages

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Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Comments

  1. Becky says:

    I have never seen avocado on pizza that is sooo cool! All these pizzas and pizza places look great, it seems difficult to decide on one. My favourite Pizza is usually just normal pepperoni pizza but I love all pizzas as long as it doesn’t include mushrooms! 😀

    1. Maegan says:

      Ok, I’ll give you that, I am not much for olives!

    2. leigh says:

      Avocado on pizza, who knew? This has opened my eyes to the possibilities of pizza. Great post!

      1. Maegan says:

        Thanks for reading!

  2. Jess says:

    ….aaaand now I want pizza!
    They all look amazing although I have to say I am not 100% sure how I feel about avocado on pizza (no.9)

    1. Maegan says:

      It was different and the house special…so we went with it! Very fresh!

  3. I love pizza! So, when I’m not traveling, my diet is pretty much absent of nearly everything that comes on a pizza. This post really got me ready for my next trip. Lol.

    Just finished eating pizza, actually. Cauliflower crust pizza. Sigh.

    1. Maegan says:

      I have never tried the cauliflower crust but have been wanting to! Did you make it yourself?

  4. Now, I am hungry 😛 Pizza is really everywhere, but the quality can differ! For me, mushrooms is a must an every pizza 😉

  5. Victoria says:

    And now I’m starving lol. I do agree that avocado is a bit weird but I would def give it a try!

    1. Maegan says:

      All it takes is one try…it was surprisingly delicious

  6. Ashley says:

    So many awesome places! I always love finding new pizza places to try when we’re traveling so this is right up my alley. We’re planning a trip to FL soon so I may have to keep these in mind for that trip!
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    1. Maegan says:

      Awesome! They make great pit stops on your way to South/Central Fl!

  7. Forat says:

    Now I want pizzaaaaa, oh no 😀
    They all look so good but I think the New York Deli might be a favorite!

    1. Maegan says:

      It was a nice find!

  8. Luda says:

    Yum, all of these look delicious! I’ve been making my own pizza at home recently (keto-friendly fathead pizza :)), but Fournari’s looks too good to pass up! Also love the background story about pizza, I feel like Queen Margherita and I have a lot in common 😛

  9. Jean says:

    Oh so much delish pizza!!

  10. Pizza is a great budget option when travelling in certain countries, but I confess I would get bored to have it too often. But sometimes we really crave it and are so happy to find a good place. Looks like Pensacola has lots of good ones!
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  11. Josh says:

    These pizzas look incredible! Did you find that Florida pizza had any particular style?

    1. Maegan says:

      They were all different based on where the owners came from. Most were hand tossed and had a rich tomatoe sauce.

  12. Archana says:

    Two words got me hooked to your post – Pizza and for the money-smart traveler. Loved reading so much about Pizza.
    BTW i have never tried cauliflower crust pizza. Would want to try it for sure.
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    1. Maegan says:

      I really want to try it myself!

  13. Uhmmmmm yummmmm!! Your post should have a warning for those like me who are trying to loose some baby weight, or maybe I’ll just have to second the idea that pizza is like a veggie?? haha!
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    1. Maegan says:

      haha well, a slice is good for you! You can add ALL the veggies you want to it too! Get thin crust and that’ll save many calories!

  14. So. Much. Pizza. I’d go with psychedelic. Here’s to hoping someone invents Florida-style pizza!

    1. Maegan says:

      Cheers to that! Might be a dessert-y pizza! Think Key lime Pizza LOL

  15. Paige W says:

    With pizza, you’re speaking my love language. It’s always the first thing I miss when I’m in an area that doesn’t make a good pizza. Boomerangs looks the best to me – partly because that looks like my favorite style of pizza. Although, I’m intrigued by avocado on a pizza!

    1. Maegan says:

      Bommerangs is def one of my faves! Not too much cheese, a crispy crust, perfect balance of sauce and basil!! YUMMY!

  16. Sabine says:

    I like any type of pizza topping, as long as the pizza is thin and crisp. I’m not really a fan of the thick doughy pizza. My favourite toppings are capers and anchovies. If it is anywhere near the seaside, I’d go for a seafood pizza. And for the rest, any topping will do.

    1. Maegan says:

      same here!

  17. Jenna says:

    So many great options!! Pizza is one of our favorites–might just have to have some for dinner tonight now, lol 🙂 The one with avocado on it looks so good and I love the concept of Boomerangs–sounds like a fun spot!

    1. Maegan says:

      I know, I love making my own pizza…I thought of having it for dinner too!

  18. Lillie says:

    Such a great variety of pizza pies in Pensacola! Ozone’s sounds especially fun with the swirled pesto decorations. Yum!

    1. Maegan says:

      Yes! Ozones is such a fun hangout too

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