Category Florida

Ciao Bella Pizza—Tasty, But Not Very Italian Pizza in Destin, FL

Since moving to Tennessee in 1998, our family has vacationed on the Florida Panhandle just about every year. Back when the kids were still with us, Destin was our primary beachfront, primarily for all the activities it offered. Now empty-nesters, we’ve since moved east to the more subdued adult-centric 30-A area. This year, Mrs. Pie […]

Florida Panhandle’s Christiano’s Ristorante—Fine Italian Restaurant Makes a Great Pizza!

The Pizza Snob’s unstated rule has been to not cover places where pizza is merely a sideline. However, in the case of the Florida Panhandle’s 30-A region where good pizza pickings are slim, I made an exception: Christiano’s Ristorante. Undoubtedly, this one now reigns as the best pie the 30-A area has to offer. For […]

UPDATE: Florida Panhandle’s 30-A—Pizza by the Sea Expands to Three Locations

Original Review: 10/07/12 Previous Rating:  *** Better than Dominos The new king of pizza on the Florida Panhandle is Pizza by the Sea. After starting out in central 30-A in Watercolor, the family-friendly place went west in 2015 to Santa Rosa Beach (taking over the former Amore Pizzeria space) and then east this season to […]

UPDATE: Florida Panhandle’s 30-A—Amore Pizzeria Space is Now a Pizza by the Sea

Original Review: 10/07/12 Previous Rating: ***1/2 Working On A Good Thing Two summers ago, Mrs. Pie and I enjoyed a delightful pizza at a sweet rooftop patio location in Santa Rosa Beach. Had we not skipped it last year, we would have learned that Amore Pizzeria had vacated the space for the then second location […]

UPDATE: Florida Panhandle’s 30-A—Peppinos Pizzeria Lasts Only One Season

Original Review: 05/23/15 Previous Rating: **** 1/2   Nearer Perfection The Pizza Snob’s excitement last year about real New York-style pizza finally coming to the Redneck Riviera was short-lived. Unfortunately, after only a single season, Luigi from Connecticut has shut down Peppinos Pizzeria & Ice Cream Shop. In the dark until my recent annual beach vacation […]

UPDATE: A Return Visit to Florida’s Panama (City) Pizzeria

Original Review: 08/10/14 PIZZA SNOB RATING     *1/2 Thinking About the Trashcan First Update: 09/21/14 PIZZA SNOB RATING     Withdrawn Before closing out this year’s Florida Panhandle vacation, the Pizza Snob had some unfinished business over at Panama Pizzeria. Last year’s adventure there resulted in a rather comical tale involving an extremely over-cooked slice that was in […]

Peppinos Pizzeria—The Real Deal Finally Comes to Florida’s 30-A

It was once again time for the Pizza Snob’s annual vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast—a beautiful and relaxing place where I could never spend too much time. It also meant that it was time to update the state of the heretofore mediocre pizza pickings on the Panhandle. Well sunshine and pizza lovers, after first […]