10 Best Pizza Joints St. Pete
Sometimes we get criticized for being biased to downtown locations since that’s where we live. That might be true, and it might be because that’s where many of the best restaurants are. Well, it’s not true for pizza. There is only one place that made the list that is in the 33701 zip code. (Shocking, I know!)
We ate A LOT more than 10 pizzas. Some we will not mention at all because they were that bad. One was so bad that we took one bite, and then gave the entire pizza away to a couple of homeless dudes in William’s Park. There’s a lot of really bad pizza in St. Pete. There’s a lot of really good pizza as well.
For many of these pizzas, we topped them with pepperoni, mushrooms, jalapeños and bacon, but not all. About half of the places have more than one location. We list the local St. Pete location that we went to, or ordered from. Three of them we ordered delivery, the rest we went to.
Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of “best of lists” that do not actually go to the establishments, or actually eat the food. (Sounds ridiculous, right?) They just download photos from the internet, or embed Instagram posts from someone else. Instant top 10 list produced without having to leave the house.
That’s NOT how we do it.
We absolutely DO eat all of the food on all of our lists. (How can anyone recommend something they never experienced?)
Unfortunately, we’ve seen these junk lists a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.
WE PERSONALLY ATE ALL OF THESE PIZZAS, AND WENT TO ALL OF THESE PLACES, AND THESE ARE ALL ST. PETE FOODIES PHOTOS. (All photos by Kevin Godbee unless otherwise noted.)
Here are the 10 Best Pizzas in St. Pete for 2021
These are listed in alphabetical order. <—— Look
Diavola Neapolitan Pizza – San Marzano Tomato, Fior De Latte, Mixed Peppers, Spicy Home-Made Sausage, Parmigiano Reggiano, Basil, Extra-Virgin Hot Olive Oil.
Like Fabrica, Bavaro’s is super-good Neapolitan Woodfired pizza, but instead of fast-casual, Bavaro’s has table service. Owner, Dan Bavaro says, “this is fork and knife pizza”, but I still eat it with my hands.
The Cappy – Sausage, Ham, Pepperoni, Green Bell Pepper, Onions, Mushrooms.
Cappy’s is another one that executes NY style pizza excellently.
Cappy’s also has excellent Chicago Deep Dish.
Fabrica Carni Pizza – San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, oven roasted peppers, Italian sausage, beef and pork meatballs, pepperoni, fresh garlic, oregano.
This is just super-good Neapolitan Woodfired pizza in a fast-casual atmosphere. However, we ordered delivery, twice in one week it was so good.
Gennaro’s Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños.
Gennaro’s in Pass-a-Grille is old school, kick-ass pizza. It’s casual, unassuming, on the intracoastal side. It’s family owned and operated since 1989. Lori used to live on Pass-a-grille and had been telling me for years how great their pizza is. She was right.
Gianni’s Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños.
Gianni’s and Toby’s below were both recommended to us by St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman when he came to visit as a guest on our podcast. The Mayor knows his pizza. They are both great, and very New York. Gianni’s won the 2021 Best Pizza in the People’s Choice St. Pete Foodies Awards.
Margherita 2.0 with Tomato Sauce Calabrian Chili fresh Mozzarella Parm whipped Ricotta Avocado and Basil.
Noble Crust has excellent food, all of it with their unique twists of Italian and American Southern-inspired cooking and ingredients.
Paisanos – Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños.
Paisano’s knows how to make an excellent pizza. This is the third and last one we ordered in. For all of the rest, we went to the dining establishments.
When someone says “Chicago Style Pizza”, the uninitiated think of only deep dish pizza, and people from New York / New Jersey think “that’s not pizza!” Well, this Jersey boy sure found out that Chicago Style Pizza, while quite different than New York style, is seriously delectable! There are actually three main types of Chicago style pizza, and one of them is a thin crust. Surprisingly, in Chicago, the thin crust is more popular than the Deep Dish or Stuffed. (Chicago Deep Dish was actually invented for the tourists.) Locals rarely eat it. The thin crust can be made round, square, or rectangular, and then it is cut into small squares that are two to three bites each. These are often served at parties and get-togethers. The Deep Dish and Stuffed are almost the same. They are both more like a pie than a flatbread, and have the ingredients added onto the crust in reverse order with the sauce being last, covering everything else. The difference is that Stuffed pizzas have a second crust, like a covered pie with sauce on top of that. Paul’s serves the stuffed version.
Lover Boy Pizza – Housemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Housemade Meatballs, Herb Whipped Ricotta, Cherry Peppers, Caramelized Onions and Fresh Basil.
Pizza Box, just a few doors east of Bavaro’s, is also wood-fired, but it is completely unique and different. I promise you that you’ve never had pizza like this. It’s like nothing else, and it is amazing. Pizza Box won the 2020 Best Pizza in the People’s Choice St. Pete Foodies Awards.
Toby’s Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños. As I said before, Gianni’s and Toby’s were both recommended to us by St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman when he came to visit as a guest on our podcast. The Mayor knows his pizza. They are both great, and very New York.
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There's a ton of pizza places in St. Petersburg. Some are just ok, and others are really bad. Here are the best pizza joints in St. Petersburg, Florida!