Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2022

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Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2022

NOTE: The featured photo shown at the top and bottom of the page is the Pep Cup from The Ohio Pizza Parlor.

Best Pizza Joints St. Pete

For the past few years we’ve been able to make a top ten pizza list, but this year we had to expand the list to thirteen. One came off the list and four were added. The new additions are Jay Luigi, Matteo, Nicko’s, and The Ohio Pizza Parlor.

This year I have eaten more pizza in ten months than I ever have in my life. I learned how to make my own pizza from scratch – dough, sauce and all. From January to July 2022 I have made 20 of my own pizzas that have received high praise. I know a professional Pizzaiolo makes more than that in a day, but this isn’t bad for a home cook. In March 2022, Lori and I became Certified Pizza Judges by the Pizza Cook-off Association.

Finally, late last year, we ate at the top three NY Pizza places ranked by Bon Appétit Magazine in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

For many of the pizzas here, 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.

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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 Best Pizzas in St. Pete for 2022

These are listed in alphabetical order.

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. (You can take the boy out of New Jersey, but you can’t take New Jersey out of the boy.)

 

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.

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Cappy’s is another one that executes NY style pizza excellently. In a blind taste test, you could still pick out the actual NY pizza, but they come quite close.

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.

This is just super-good Neapolitan Woodfired pizza in a fast-casual atmosphere.

 

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. In a blind taste test, you could still pick out the actual NY pizza, but they come quite close.

 

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 former 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. Same as above with Gennaro’s, with the blind taste test. You could still pick out the actual NY pizza, but this one comes as close as as it gets in St. Pete with one exception, which is Nicko’s, but we’ll get to them.

 

6. Jay Luigi
3201 4th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 390-8883
Jay Luigi Website

Stella-Romana-Pizza
Stella Romana Pizza (Photo by Lindsey Harris)

From Lindsey’s review:

We mulled over which pizza to choose… do we go simple? Or do we do one with several toppings? Do we go Romana-style? Or do we go NY-apolitan? We settled on the Stella Pizza Romana. Stella is their most simple of Romana-style pizzas with tomato sauce, house-made mozzarella, basil and grana padano. While the pizza was more on the simple side, it truly let you enjoy the authentic flavors. The pizza was served with a small plate holding fresh grated grana padano, red pepper flakes and fresh oregano. I sprinkled a little bit of each on my slices and it was the perfect addition to step the pizza up another notch.

While we were dining, we enjoyed a couple of visits to our table by one of the partners at Jay Luigi, Jay Brunetti, who explained the process of how they create their pizza. And while I can’t remember all the scientific details, I can tell you they use the best of ingredients and techniques… including importing wild yeast from Italy (dubbed “NIKI”), using 00 flour, creating a crispy, fluffy crust by using 80% water in their dough and whipping up house made mozzarella.

 

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7. Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria St Pete
2363 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 851-9114
Matteo Website

Regina Margherita Pizza
Regina Margherita Pizza (Photo by Lori Brown)

As of this writing, Matteo has been open in St. Pete for one year. (They opened July 2021.) I’ve been a few times, and Lori has been over ten times since she lives a few blocks away. As a matter of fact, she had their pizza as recently as last night. Like Bavaro’s and Fabrica, Matteo has the traditional wood fired oven from Naples, Italy and creates classic Neapolitan pizzas.

On the above pizza Lori said,”Regina Margherita Pizza – San Marzano tomato sauce, basil, bufala mozzarella cheese & EVO. So fresh and delicious and that dough. Phenomenal Neapolitan pizza!”

 

8. Nicko’s Pizza and Subs
1239 4th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 416-1200
Nicko’s Website

Nicko's Supreme
Nicko’s Supreme (Photo by Lori Brown)

Of all of the NY-style pizzas on this list, Nicko’s is the best replication. They nailed it. This one would be hard to discern from an actual NY pizza in a blind taste test. Lori said, “we ordered a whole Supreme Pizza topped with onion, mushroom, green pepper, pepperoni, sausage, ham, mozzarella and pizza sauce and all of their pizzas can be made gluten free in the 12″ size. It is topped with the freshest of ingredients and was just as delicious when we reheated our leftovers the next day. Anyone who says crust doesn’t make a pizza, is just wrong. However, the sauce and the cheese ratio was also perfection as well as the even disbursement of the tasty toppings.”

 

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

Noble Crust The Works Pizza
Noble Crust The Works Pizza

The Works pizza – tomato sauce, mozzarella + fontina, pepperoni, crimini mushrooms, crushed olives, spicy Calabrian chili -honey.

Noble Crust has excellent food, all of it with their unique twists of Italian and American Southern-inspired cooking and ingredients.

 

10. The Ohio Pizza Parlor
7224 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 289-9011
OPP Website

Caprese Train Ohio Pizza
Caprese Train Ohio Pizza

In September 2021, The Ohio Pizza Parlor quietly turned on the lights and the vintage pizza ovens, and word started to trickle out. Just what the heck is Ohio pizza!?! Its closest relatives would be St. Louis Pizza, and Chicago-thin crust pizza. All of these pizzas have extremely thin crusts, are round in shape, and cut into squares.

FUN (and confusing) FACT: This is not Ohio Valley Pizza. Nope. That one is served partially cold with the cheese not melted, but rather thrown on top cold after the pizza comes out of the oven. (That would really be testing my want-to-try-everything attitude.)

Josh Miller is a Partner, the GM, and the Pizza Chef / Pizza Expert. He has been specializing in pizza for most of his career, and has “opened more pizza places than you’ve ever been to”.

Above is the Caprese Train – White sauce with fresh marinated tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze. The white that you see is the cheese. The actual white sauce is more clear and comes from the juice of the marinated tomatoes. It’s the best veggie pizza ever. There are several other pizzas in 12″ and 14″ with and without meat. I was quite skeptical when I heard about Ohio Pizza, but I was wrong. It is some of the best pizza I ever had.

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11. 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

 

12. 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.

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.

 

13. 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 former 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.

NOTE: The featured photo shown at the top and bottom of the page is the Pep Cup from The Ohio Pizza Parlor.

Please tell us your favorite pizza in the comments below.

Best Pizza Places in St. Petersburg, FL 2022
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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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7 Responses

  • Love this list but I have to say, Doormet’s Quatro pizza is one of the best I have had. If you have tried it I suggest you do!

  • I would suggest trying Flipper’s Pizzeria 1054 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701. Their crust, cheese, and sauce are excellent. The restaurant doesn’t even have a freezer…ALL ingredients are fresh! If you haven’t tried them yet, please do. You’ll thank me later!

    • We’re quite familiar with Flippers. Lori used to live one block away and we’ve had their pizza many times … until we didn’t.

      For our business, we only review independent, locally owned eateries, so Flippers would be disqualified no matter how good they are as they are a franchise.

      That said, they were really good years ago, and then so inconsistent – one time good, next time bad, and so on.

    • Flipper’s is my favorite too and every time it has been delicious! I have never experienced any inconsistency, but then anyone can have a bad day. Still my go to favorite pizza!

  • I can’t believe my favorite isn’t on this list. Tuttorosso on St Pete Beach. Napoli style pizza. Amazing!

  • Toby’s Little Italy is the best pizza I have ever had. I find no one can compare….
    Started going when we first moved here 15 years ago and go at least 2 to 3 times a month.
    Love Love Love it.

  • What’s this predisposition with NY pizza? As if that’s the one to measure pizza by? That’s like grading all politicians by how close they are to [whomever you like]. Doesn’t help much if you don’t know NY pizza.
    But thanks for the tips. We shall let you know what we think and learn after we get back from 13 pizza shops! <3 I could eat the pictures.

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