Here’s a round up of the pizza places that have won SFGN’s annual Best Of contest. Take a look, and take a bite. Below are the winners and their stories (reprinted).
Best Pizza in Broward (2011-2014)
2244 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
At Humpy's Pizza, it’s all about choices. You can go with a traditional pizza or you can try something new. “We offer a wide variety of pizza choices and toppings,” said co-owner Steve Dejong.
Traditional pizza lovers can go with meat lovers, cheese, pepperoni and others. Those looking for something new and different can try some of Humpy’s specialty pizzas – including wild mushroom with caramelized onions, shrimp scampi, chicken and broccoli on a honey wheat crust, veggie on a honey wheat crust or buffalo chicken with blue cheese and green onions.
“It appeals to a wide variety of people,” said Dejong.
Although this is Humpy’s fourth year winning the award for Best Pizza, and open for almost eight years by Dejong and Dennis Godfrey, Humpy’s is also more than just pizza lovers slinging pies.
Those not in the mood for pizza can order sandwiches, garlic rolls, salads, flatbreads, calzones, sliders and more. One of the delicious items included in “more” are cupcakes, which, says Dejong, “continue to grow in popularity.”
Best Pizza in Miami-Dade (2013)
731 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
Located on the busy Lincoln Road strip in Miami Beach and in downtown Miami, there’s always a line of hungry fans waiting to get a bite of pizza from Spris. With authentic ingredients and recipes, there are more than two dozen different pizzas to try, from traditional Margherita – the top seller – to more adventurous pies like the Terra e Mare: tomato sauce, mozzarella, shrimp, Portobello mushrooms, and imported prosciutto.
"We dedicate ourselves to select the best ingredients in order to make excellent pizzas to satisfy all the different palates and serve them with a smile and professionally,” said Silvia Cadamuro, marketing and media for the umbrella group Spris sits beneath.
Best Pizza in Palm Beach (2013)
114 S Clematis St
West Palm Beach, FL
Looking for authentic NY Style pizza? Well you’ll find it Pizza Girls in downtown West Palm Beach. The pizza joint offers 20 gourmet pizzas by the slice and other favorites like hot wings, salads, subs, and desserts.
But it’s the pizza that they’re being recognized for this year. And there’s something about that dough that keeps em coming back.
“People love our pizza dough,” said Phoebe Morales-Reckseit, who owns the restaurant with her wife. “We’ve been told we have the best pizza in whole world.”
The pizza shop opened up in 1996 and besides just the pizza the owners are active in the community — especially PrideFests where they’ve had booths or a trailer since 1998.
“We’re just very open as a gay couple in the community,” she said. “We encourage our employees to be their selves. We have a really good work environment and that spills over to our customers.”
in Miami-Dade (2014)
863 Washington Ave.
Pizza Rustica has several locations across the globe, but the original can be found on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Inside a modest corner store is where the pizza is made fresh and served with sass.
Readers of the SFGN voted Pizza Rustica Best Pizza in Miami-Dade County. The franchise dethroned 2013 champion, Spris.
At the Washington Avenue & Ninth Street store, first opened in 1996, a customer can buy a slice or a whole pizza and choose from a variety of flavors from cheese, vegetable and meat. Complement your order with a cold beer, soda pop or caprese salad.
For those fueling up before a night at the clubs, Pizza Rustica is the perfect place to take in the local scenery. Grab a table on the sidewalk or sit on bar-like stools in front of large glass windows and watch the South Beach characters stroll by.
Two can easily eat here for $15 dollars (tip included). Supporting Pizza Rustica allows the company to continue its generous giving to charitable organizations such as the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Winter Party Festival, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Best Buddies International.
- John McDonald
Best Pizza in Palm Beach (2014)
608 Lake Ave.
Downtown Pizza is easy to miss. But don’t let its small size fool you. The location may be tiny, but the pizza is big and flavorful, so it’s no surprise that it won for Best Pizza in Palm Beach County.
“Downtown Pizza has to be my favorite local spot for pizza. Can I just say it has to be by far the most delicious pizza I've had in Florida,” said one reviewer on Yelp. “This is the best NY style pizza around, no question. This is coming from someone whose family was in the pizza business in NY and FL for 50 years. I'm familiar with the ingredients they use and they're the best you can get.”
Best authentic Italian pizza pie – Staff Pick (2014)
Margherita from Lucarella’s
4165 N Dixie Hwy