Category Florida

Grimaldi’s in Miramar Beach Florida—The Snob’s First Outside of Brooklyn

Elsewhere in this blog, you can read The Pizza Snob’s synopsis of the history of legendary-pizzamaker Patsy Grimaldi as well as my review of the current Brooklyn location. While that place still offers an amazing example of coal-fired pizza, in recent years, Grimaldi’s has also created a chain of 50 locations over a dozen states. […]

La Famiglia—Destin FL Italian Restaurant Makes a Good Pie for the Beach!

Since our kids have grown and flown the coop, Mrs. Pie and I have moved our annual beach trips on the Florida Panhandle from Destin to the less-crowded and not-as-commercial confines further east on Highway 30-A. However, a family gathering this year in Destin brought us back to our old stomping grounds in “Ground Zero” […]

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 […]

UPDATE: 30-A’s Pizza Nona Closes Shop

Latest Review: 06/05/13 PIZZA SNOB RATING *** Better than Dominos After surviving two seasons on the Florida Panhandle, Pizza Nona has closed shop for 2015. This unique space set up half-pizzeria and half-ice cream shop didn’t stay closed for long and has reopened this season under new ownership as Peppinos Pizzeria & Ice Cream Shop. […]