Location: MM 88.8 Bayside
Dine in or Delivery: Eat inside, outside or they’ll deliver it for FREE five miles east or west
Hours: 11 am – 9 am Mon. – Thurs. 11-10 Fri. & Sat.
On Tap: Miller Lite, Yuengling and Stella Artois
Specialty: Authentic Italian Food from Italy Jersey!
Are you sick of seafood and longing for some authentic Jersey fare? We couldn’t find cheese fries smothered in gravy anywhere on the menu, but family-owned and operated Boardwalk Pizza in Islamorada offers plenty of classic Italian favorites complete with requisite red and white-checkered tablecloths and curtains.
The Upper Keys official Jets and Giants headquarters, Boardwalk offers great deals on apps, pies and beer on game day. They’re even offering trays of grandma’s lasagna and homemade meatballs whipped up for you to take home.
Owner Paul DiMatteo ships his dough in daily from Brooklyn, and the “Best Cheesesteak on the Planet” is made with fresh Amoroso’s rolls direct from Philly.
Boardwalk offers plenty of in-house daily specials like $6.50 spaghetti feasts on Tuesday or “Wing It” Wednesdays with .35 cent wings all day long. Try one of their many, mouth-watering desserts like Italian Rum Cake or Chocolate Covered Canoli.
The Weekly heard Boardwalk has one of the best veggie pizzas around…that is an affirmative. Available in 14” medium or 18” large, the specialty veggie is loaded with fresh bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach. Even those haters of the tomato will dig this pie for sure!
Tower of Pizza
Location: MM 81.5 Bayside
Dine In, Take Out or Free Delivery 11 am – 10:30 pm
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm 7 days a week
On Tap: Beer and Wine Now Available for Delivery!
Specialty: Genuine Italian Cooking in a Down Home Keysy Atmosphere
In addition to whole selection of authentic Italian pies – from the Tower Deluxe with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, anchovies and extra cheese to a White Pizza with mozzarella and ricotta, sans tomato sauce – Tower of Pizza offers tons of pasta, seafood, chicken, veal and oven-baked dishes like Manicotti, Cannelloni and Eggplant Parm. They even offer Lentil, Minestrone, Pasta Fazoli soups and Stuffed Grape Leaves.
Right in the heart of the Middle Keys business district, Tower of Pizza’s friendly staff serves up their signature pies and pastas in a warm, tropically decorated dining room. There’s no al fresco dining, but they gladly offer free delivery to your home, office or hotel between mile markers 74 to 88 with minimum $10 orders. They’ll even bring a case of brewskies or a bottle of vino to accompany your meal!
At our waitress’s recommendation, we sampled the Gourmet Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, feta, black olives, artichoke hearts and fresh tomatoes. For an extra buck or two, they’ll even make it Sicilian style. She did not steer us wrong. The compliment of flavors was out of this world!
Key Colony Beach
Location: KCB Marina, Sadowski Causeway
Dine in or Delivery: Dine inside or outside, Take out available
Hours: 11-10, 7 days a week
On Tap: Bud, Bud Light, Sam Adams Seasonal and Key West Ale
Specialty: Good times, fresh fish and refreshing cocktails… It’s real Keys and it’s real good.
The menu at Sparky’s Landing was designed by owners Matt and Carolyn Anthony, who’ve drawn on their restaurant experience, travels and general love of food to create on the most eclectically diverse menus in the Keys.
Among their unique specialty items are a Shrimp and Bacon Pizza made with the freshest, high quality ingredients. “Shrimp? On a pizza?” first timers often ask. Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. Featured in numerous area publications, this pizza is a favorite of the area’s seasonal residents who claim they often try to duplicate the delicacy at home to no avail.
Fresh tomatoes, minced garlic and plenty of fresh basil on a 10-inch thin crust pie. Add crispy bacon and Key West Pink shrimp topped with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and this exceptional entry in our Florida Keys pizza challenge is complete!
Location: 5105 Overseas Hwy., More than 3,000 franchises worldwide
Dine in or Delivery: Take out and delivery
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
Specialty: “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.”
As a high school student working at a local pizza pub in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter realized that there was something missing from national pizza chains; a superior-quality traditional pizza delivered to the customer’s door. His dream was to one day open a pizza restaurant that would fill that void.
Papa John’s opened its first pizza restaurant in 1984 and to this day is committed to delivering on its brand promise of “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.”
The Weekly admits that on hectic deadline days, Papa John’s often comes to the rescue. The Marathon store offers several specials including the Miami Dolphins Touchdown Offer. Every week following a Dolphins game, get a large cheese pizza for $10.99 and for every touchdown the Dolphins score, you can get a free topping (limit 4). Wings, cheese sticks, bread sticks, chicken strips and a handful of desserts are also available to round out your order.
Established: some time ago
Location: MM 49.5, Gulf
Delivery Coming Soon!
Hours: 11 am – 1 am (Pizza: 5pm – midnight)
On Tap: Miller Lite, Key West Sunset, Sam Adams, Budweiser (PBR available by the bottle, plus full liquor)
Specialty: Blues, Food, Shuffleboard, Ribaldry
Voted Best Live Entertainment by the people of Marathon, your favorite bar is now serving your favorite food – pizza! Earlier this summer, the ‘Cane launched a pizza menu to compliment their $5 lunches and satisfying dinner menu. They have all the traditional toppings like anchovies, sliced or sundried tomato, but top your pie off with clams, artichoke hearts, and fresh garlic and you have a slice of Italy without the hassle of customs or bribing the Cosa Nostra.
The ‘Cane also features specialty pies like Mari’s Tuscany: meatballs, fresh spinach & sundried tomatoes topped with Italian cheeses. There is also a Buffalo Chicken, White Clam, Chicken Bacon, Spinach & Alfredo and other ethnic choices like a south of the border Taco Pizza, Mediterranean Greek Pizza, and a Steak Philly for the brotherly lovers… like McCarthy.
Lower Keys Pizza
Location: 208 Duval
Delivery or Down it on Site: Both
Hours: 10 am – Late Night
On Tap: Michelob, AmberBock, Bud Light
Specialty: Serving by the Slice to Slockered Locals and Tourists Alike!
Even At 10:30 in the morning the joint is slammed. Located in the Rick’s/Durty Hairy’s compound on Duval, Angelina’s is all about ambiance. A sign behind the counter reads “Nobody’s Ugly After 2 am!” Another bumper sticker decorating the fridge: “Meter Maids Eat Their Young.”
Owner, Kit Carson Lee Smith, who rarely gets a day off says the sauciest part of his job is serving slices to the crowd. He says there’s something pleasurable about making his doe with dough.
“Pizza gets in your blood and I just like making it. There’s just something special
about making pizza. The makin’ it and bakin’ it.”
The specialty here is pizza by the slice, but they also have a 19” loaded pie and Monster Italian sandwich. Or, you can surround that vodka swirling around your stomach at 3 am with a Salami Provolone!
Angelina’s doesn’t just do pie. The have an entire Italian spread including the signature “Monster” Italian sandwich named for Johnny D’Auria’s son. “He’s actually nice, but he weighs 60 pounds more than me and is 3” taller!” Ingredients: ham, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, provolone, mayonnaise, mustard and Italian dressing!
Johny D’Auria is about to celebrate his 20 anniversary tossing dough on Duval and there isn’t any doubt he loves the customers! “I like dealing with the drunks and crazies. Keeps it interesting. It’d be boring if everyone came in here quiet and nice!” His favorite toppings: sausage, fresh basil, and mushrooms.
Kit Carson Lee Smith has been dishing it up in the 200 block since he arrived on the island straight out of Alabama’s Troy University with a degree in finance. He satisfies the feeding frenzy of locals, cruise ship passengers and tourists with 19” creations like this pie, topped with mushroom, ham, and pepperoni.
No Name Pub
Location “A Nice Place…If You Can Find It!”
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
On Tap: Bud Light, Budwesier, AmberBock, Fosters, Yuengling, Miller Lite
Specialty: The Royal: Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushroom, Green Pepper, Onion, & Olives
Pizza and Prostitution. The No Name Pub used to really serve up the double the satisfaction back in the day of the ferry service!
“The building has a lot of history,” waitress Rita Palmemo tells The Weekly. “This was the road to Key West and there was a brothel upstairs.”
Today, over $100,000 in dollars bills decorate the inside, shrimpers sit at the bar, and familiar faces are everywhere. The pizza maker, Jean Henri has been making pies for seven years.
“I came out to Big Pine for a yard sale,” the Haitian recollects. “I saw it, and said, ‘oh, there’s the No Name Pub!’ And I applied for a job.”
Sometimes Henri and the kitchen staff assemble over 100 pizzas in a shift.
“When its busy we make more,” Henri exclaims. “Everything is fresh. That’s why they like it. The vegetables, we make the dough in the kitchen, we make the sauce.”
Palmemo adds, “The cheeses are imported from Italy.”
Jean and girls
Jean Henri with a 12” pepperoni and servers Rita Palmemo (middle) and Linda Malikowski (right) who has been working at the pub since the early 90’s. “My favorite pizza toppings are hot peppers and mushrooms,” Malikowski discloses. “I’ve been here so long because the people are so nice.”
(Right) Kilroy Montana and Richard Thomas (left) Big Pine shrimpers sit at the bar with dollar bills dangling over their salty locks. They shared a pie at lunchtime with mushrooms, hot peppers, onions, and “shrimp of course!” “We’re here every day when we’re not at sea!”
Key West Shrimp
Richard Cruz with a No Name specialty, 14” Keys Shrimp Pizza. Made with Key West Pinks and scallions.
A Slice of Paradise
Location: 24458 Overseas HWY MM 24.5
Delivery: Yes. Tables inside and out! AND Slice of Paradise is on a canal. You can pick up by Boat for lunch or dinner.
On Tap: Pepsi Products
Specialty: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza Onions, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, and Steak
95% of A Slice of Paradise’s business is delivery straight to your door. Owner Brand LaChapelle started 2-for-1 Tuesdays when the economy tanked.
“Not everyone was happy about it,” LaChapelle jokes about the dinner trend shift. “It changed their pizza night from Friday to Tuesday.”
Brandon started in the pizzeria business as a youngster and finds satisfaction in making his hungry customers in Summerland and happy. He uses all fresh ingredients and tosses the dough himself.
“You put yeast and sugar in a bowl of water until it rises and then add the salt, flour, and mix it. Then, add oil, and mix it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, we ball it up into little dough balls they rise a little more and we use them to make pizzas.”
Angus Delivery guy
A Slice of Paradise’s delivery man, Angus also plays for Bad George Sound and recovers from his gigs by fueling up with a Hawaiian. “My favorite is doin’ the Hawaiian thing. Some ham, pineapples, and bacon. Then throw some crushed red peppers on there. So, you get the spicy combined with the sweet.”
A Slice of Paradise owner Brandon LaChapelle with one of his specialties, the Philly Cheese Steak made with white American and provolone cheeses. “We’re a popular pizzeria because we have a consistent product.
Managed for chains as a kid and learned what makes pizzerias work and grew up here and saw a need for a strong pizza company.
Sink your teeth at the tables inside or eat outside with the iguanas decorating the property alongside the canal!