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Pizza Any Way You Want It

April 11, 2013 by Jill Tanner

We had the tough job of trying all the pizza in South Walton to bring you our latest SoWal List - and our bellies are happy and bulging. We're not a big city, but we have pizza to rival the big guys. Stop by any of these SoWal pizza spots for a yummy pie and a great experience. 

Bruno’s Pizza Bruno’s, formerly located in Seagrove Beach, is a classic pizzeria now located in WaterSound Beach. Bruno’s makes the pizza dough and sauce every day so the pizza is always fresh. Bruno’s is the oldest pizzeria on Scenic 30A, opened by Jeff Goodman in 1990. You can still find him in the kitchen at lunch most days, making sure the quality is the best it can be. Bruno’s offers a lunch buffet Monday – Saturday from 11-2 and keeps the pies coming out hot! Stop by today or call in an order (they deliver) to cure your craving for great pizza.

Pizza by the Sea Pizza by the Sea is a kid-friendly pizzeria with two locations in WaterColor Crossings by Publix and in Gulf Place. Pizza by the Sea offers fun and funky pizzas and other items, as well as your traditional pizza too. Try the Kickin’ Chicken with basil pesto, grilled chicken, feta cheese, bacon, and red onions or the White Veggie with extra virgin olive oil, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta. No matter which you choose, you will still get to indulge in the buttery crust unlike anything around. Oh and for those who like sweet tea, Pizza by the Sea has the best teas with the good crunchy ice. “Feed your happy face.”

 
Bud and Alley’s Pizza Bar Pizza Bar in Seaside overlooks the dunes and the Gulf of Mexico from the one-of-a-kind terrace designed after a Tuscan pizzeria. The true Neapolitan style pizza is cooked in a 700-degree wood-burning oven, topped with mostly local, all fresh ingredients, and served hot to you. Pizza Bar’s menu is very diverse, offering something for everyone, like marinated olives, tomato bruschetta, cured meats and cheeses, salads, and so much more.
 

 
Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta Brian and Jan Etheridge opened Angelina’s in 1994 in Seagrove Beach. The hand-tossed New York style pizza with fresh grated cheese is the way to go. The dough and sauce are made in house and each pizza is tossed and cooked to perfection. Choose your size – 8-inch, 12-inch, 16-inch, or 18-inch with a variety of toppings. Get cheesy and sprinkle some fresh-grated Romano cheese on the top. Angelina’s opens at 11 a.m. every day and stays open until around 10 p.m. during the season. 

Crust Artisan Bakery Crust Artisan Bakery is a pizzeria as well, located in Santa Rosa Beach on Hwy 98. Crust boasts a Woodstone oven that can cook a crispy pizza in just four minutes at 750 degrees. Crust is famous for staying true to the original, Italian pizza, using fresh ingredients, and making a “special” crust that is off-the-charts good. The San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy come through with a taste unparalleled. Carnivores and vegetarians delight in menu choices as they decide whether to get a 9-inch or 16-inch pie. Sharing can be tough at Crust, as it’s hard to let your pizza go. Bring your own wine and a group of friends to Crust for a fresh-made pizza you won’t forget.
 
Johnny McTighes Irish Pub This little Irish pub in Blue Mountain Beach may be known for the flowing libations, but SoWal insiders know the pizza is some of the best in town. Late-night hunger got you down? McTighes serves food until 1:30 a.m. – one of the only places in town to get a bite that late. Bring a crew to watch the game and get a pie or bring the family for a laid back dinner and let the kids play in the game room.  There is never a bad time to go to McTighes.
 
Fat Clemenza’s Fat Clemenza’s is located just west of Sandestin in Miramar Beach in a strip mall on the south side of 98. The owners go to great lengths to get the best ingredients from around the world, like sausage from Chicago and tomatoes, olive oils, and flour from Naples, Italy. Heck - even the cooks are from Naples! All pizzas are made from homemade dough, homemade sauce, hand-tossed by the master chef from Italy and fired in the 900-degree wood-burning oven. Fat Clemenza’s is all Italian, authentic, and the taste proves it. Reservations are encouraged, so call today for yours. The place is packed year round and with good reason.

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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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