10 Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2021

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10 Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2021

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.

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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

1. Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
945 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 258-7517
Bavaro’s Website

Bavaros Diavola Neapolitan Pizza
Bavaros Diavola Neapolitan Pizza

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.

 

2. Cappy’s Pizzeria
2900 1st Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-3020
Cappy’s Website

Cappy's Pizza
Cappy’s Pizza

The Cappy – Sausage, Ham, Pepperoni, Green Bell Pepper, Onions, Mushrooms.

Cappy’s is another one that executes NY style pizza excellently.

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Cappy’s also has excellent Chicago Deep Dish.

Cappy's Deep Dish
Cappy’s Chicago-Style Deep Dish

 

3. Fabrica Pizza
101 7th St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 290-9643
Fabrica Pizza Website

Fabrica Carni Pizza
Fabrica Carni Pizza (Photo: Lori Brown)

Fabrica Carni Pizza – San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, oven roasted peppers, Italian sausage, beef and pork meatballs, pepperoni, fresh garlic, oregano.

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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.

 

4. Gennaro’s St. Pete Beach
2004 Pass-a-Grille Way
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-0563
Gennaro’s Website

Gennaro's St Pete Beach
Gennaro’s St Pete Beach

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.

 

5. Gianni’s NY Pizza
936 58th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 381-3209
Gianni’s Website

Gianni's Pizza
Gianni’s Pizza

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.

 

6. Noble Crust
8300 4th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 329-6041
Noble Crust Website

Margherita 2.0 with Tomato Sauce Calabrian Chili fresh Mozzarella Parm whipped Ricotta Avocado and Basil
Noble Crust Margherita 2.0 (Photo: Abby Allen)

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.

 

7. Paisano’s Pizza N Pasta
6000 4th St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 521-2656
Paisano’s Pizza Website

Paisanos - Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños.
Paisanos – Large with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Bacon and Jalapeños.

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.

 

8. Paul’s Chicago Pizza
11002 4th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 346-5180
Paul’s Website

Paul's Original Thin Crust Chicago Pizza
Paul’s Original Thin Crust Chicago Pizza (Photo: Lori Brown)

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.

Paul's Stuffed Pizza
Paul’s Stuffed Pizza

 

9. Pizza Box
923 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 623-0444
Pizza Box Website

Pizza Box Loverboy Pizza
Pizza Box Loverboy Pizza

Lover Boy Pizza – Housemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Housemade Meatballs, Herb Whipped Ricotta, Cherry Peppers, Caramelized Onions and Fresh Basil.

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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.

 

10. Tobys Original Little Italy Pizza
3523 49th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 522-2717
Toby’s Website

Toby's Little Italy Pizza
Toby’s Little Italy Pizza

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.

Please tell us your favorite pizza in the comments below.

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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!

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15 Responses

  • Pizza reviews are always challenging. I’ve always loved thin crusted & looks like ignored them. Try several from Flippers, 1054 4rh St N, St Pete !! More Neapolitan in style!

    • Seriously!?! There are two Neapolitan pizzas on this list that blow away Flipper’s. Most all of the pizzas on this list are thin crusts. Since Lori lives one block from Flipper’s we have had it 100 times. They are hugely inconsistent. For a while they were one of our favorites, and then it changed to the worst pizza we ever had, and back and forth many times. Either way, it doesn’t matter as far as our business is concerned as we support local independent operators. Flipper’s is a huge chain.

    • If you want authentic New York Pizza you have to have a little grime. Anyone from New York knows about the grit. New Yorkers don’t look for all the highfalutin things but the authenticity of a good pizza which Toby’s has. You sure can’t be from New York if you never went into a race Pizza and that sure wasn’t the Ritz-Carlton.

  • I have lived in the St Pete area for over 50 years. You missed the boat by not recognizing Gigi’s Pizza on 57th and 4th st.

    Gigi’s New York style pizza has been consistently excellent throughout the years. I am not affiliated with on anyway shape or foy

  • We get it you like Chicago style pizza, I have to say little Italy’s on 49th is the best hands down. If this was a too 10 Chicago style list it would be perfectly completed.

  • I make the drive from Treasure Island to Disston Plaza to get Tobys Little Italy. Its really good. Lived here over 30 years.

  • I agree with Deb. Mario’s on Tyrone is great and they deliver. They make a meatball parmigiana pizza that’s not on the menu thats out of this world.

  • Please try Portofino Italian Ristorante on 5035 34th Street South in St. Petersburg. Their pizza is quite good. Maybe not enough to make this list, but if you should expand to 20 pizza restaurants………….

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