Where is the best pizza in Palm Harbor or where is the best pizza in Dunedin is a question buyers ask all the time when looking for homes for sale in Palm Harbor or homes for sale in Dunedin. Instead of giving them my opinion, 'cuz I've never met a pizza I didn't like, we polled over 500 people for their opinions on the best pizza in the area. Below are the results of the poll, and this is not to exclude anyone, it just is a great place to get started. Notice that the big name national chains are not here. Home cooking almost always is the best. Read on, and "mangia".
Drum roll, the results of our very informal poll say that Queen's Pizza tops the list for best pizza in Palm Harbor. Not to mention it is also named best pizza in Dunedin. Queen's Pizza has three locations. This is a family owned business that started as a corner pizza restaurant in 1978 and has grown into a very popular place to go for excellent pizza and pasta. the crust is incredible, the topping are plentiful, and the price is competitive. It is hard to get a better value for your pizza dollar.
The next most named restaurant for the best pizza in the area is Galley Pizza, located in an unassuming strip mall at 509 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor. Galley Pizza has great salads and incredibly good pizza. And practically next door is a local produce market so you can buy fresh produce on the way home right after downing your pizza.
Next we come to another local favorite, Fireside Pizza, located in downtown Palm Harbor. Fireside Pizza is a casual restaurant that features simply delicious pizza, salads and sandwiches. You need to try the caprese salad or the garlic knots before you dive into their specialty pizza. The atmosphere is friendly, very casual, and you can order many craft beers, for those who like to indulge is such things. Or try the dry rubbed chicken wings served over fire roasted onions. You will not be disappointed.
And the list grows longer, and everyone is delicious. Personal tastes will help you decide which is really the best pizza in Palm Harbor, so give it a shot and try every single pizza restaurant we mention. Just not all in the same week.
Next on our list for best pizza in Dunedin is Tony's Pizza on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Whenever there is a festival in downtown Dunedin, be sure to stop in at Tony's Pizza for a slice of white pizza or a stuffed calzone that is plenty of food for the biggest appetite. Tony's Pizza has a small-ish dining area and really does the take out super well. Stand on the sidewalk and watch through the front window as the chefs create your special pizza, or sandwich. The atmosphere is casual, and very friendly. Get a slice, and I mean a big slice, for less than $2.50.
Country Pizza Inn is another very popular local pizza restaurant that pops up on many of the best pizza in town lists. They have three locations, in Clearwater, Largo and New Port Richey and the locals won't hesitate to drive to the nearest location for wonderful pizza or pasta. If you like stromboli, make Country Pizza Inn a destination. The take out door is always busy, so you know that people are eating lots of pizza at home, during football games or just to have a convenient yet delicious meal.
Here's a bit of a surprise. This is the national chain that got the most mentions, the Mellow Mushroom. It is a little bit on the funky side, yet the food really is good. Mellow Mushroom is located on Gulf to Bay Blvd. (Rte. 60) in Clearwater for those who are coming off the Courtney Campbell Causeway heading west to the beaches, stop by the Mellow Mushroom for something to eat before heading to Clearwater Beach.
There were several smart alecks who suggested anyplace in Chicago has the best pizza. Well, for those of you who really want a Chicago style pizza, try Pauls Chicago Pizza in Clearwater, on McMullen Booth Road. Pauls is another family owned pizza restaurant that boasts the best Chicago style thin crust pizza in the area. For those who are really hungry, try the lunch buffet. There are various pizza slices, home made meatballs, pasta and so much more that you cannot possibly leave wanting more. And Pauls can cater for 10 to as many as 400.
And another outstanding pizza restaurant is Fairway Pizza in Palm Harbor on Alt. 19. Not only can you get great pizza, Fairway has multiple TVs so you won't miss any of the games that night. And there is live music every Thursday thru Saturday. Be sure not to miss the local trivia contest held every Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Or take advantage of our wonderful Florida weather and enjoy the outside deck while having pizza or a beverage while listening to the entertainment. Fairway features northern style pizza and they have a truly excellent seafood pizza. It may sound odd but really is tasty.
If you have been reading this far and are not yet hungry for a slice or a whole pie, keep reading.
The only other "national" chain that got significant mentions in our little survey is Jet's Pizza. There are a few locations in the area, including Jet's on Main Street in Dunedin, on US 19N in Palm Harbor and on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater. Jet's Pizza is strictly take out or home delivery. The deep dish crust is wonderful. Even though it is a chain, the pizza is really good and the people are super friendly. Jet's garlic bread sticks or the cinnamon bread are a nice extra treat.
The Plum Pizzeria on Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs offers gourmet pizza. If a shrimp florentine pizza or margherita pizza makes your mouth water, give Plum Pizzeria a try. How about something a little different and try the Tarpon Greek pizza, with feta cheese and gyro as the toppings. This gem is located in a little strip mall that also has a convenience store. So if you are going to stop to gas up the car on the way home, why not check out Plum Pizzeria and bring home dinner.
Does coal fired pizza appeal to you? It should and one of the best places for it is Cristino's coal oven pizza in Clearwater. A sure fire sign that a restaurant is a good one is when you can't get in the parking lot on a Tuesday night. It's that good If pizza isn't always on your mind, try one of their panini sandwiches. Get it served hot or cold. Either way, it is a totally rewarding meal. And when you have finished having your meal, there is always room for gelato.
What list of favorite pizza restaurants would be complete without Umberto's of Long Island, located on Patricia Avenue in Dunedin. Umberto's has been dishing out superior pizza, New York style of course, since the early 1970s. Umberto's offers both eat in and take out services and is the longest established Italian restaurant in Dunedin. And the people of Dunedin know good food!! You know they use fresh ingredients when they tell you right on the menu, you can get basil pizza - in season only.
Almost everyone of these pizza restaurants are in unassuming strip malls. Don't be fooled. Some of the very best places to eat are there. They don't focus on the glitz. They focus on the quality of the pizza, pasta and desserts, not to mention the friendly and outstanding personal service. If you are looking for the very best pizza in Palm Harbor, or the best pizza in Dunedin or Clearwater, stop in at any of these local and mostly family owned pizza restaurants. You will be delighted and your wallet will also be delighted.
As an aside, we did have several people who could not resist the temptation to name their favorite pizza places - from where they used to live. Several people said "anywhere in Chicago". That may be true, however if you are in Dunedin, FL, it is not that convenient to head to Chicago. We also got feedback that the Linwood Cafe in Randolph, MA serves great pizza in a friendly atmosphere. I would dismiss that, except I know from personal experience that is totally true. One of my personal all time favorite places for relaxing and enjoying a great pizza.
For northern style pizza, we got a recommendation for Sofia's in Cornish, ME.
The long distance winner is a suggestion for Fat Olives, in Homer, Alaska. I am afraid that is one I can't testify to, although if/when I ever get to Homer, I will definitely try it out.
It looks to me like we need to plan a road trip to Chicago, Maine and Alaska to sample more pizza!! Who's game??