The Great Pizza SmackDown begins!
North Americans love their pizza and let's face it, it's an easy, inexpensive and healthy meal for the whole family. If you're visiting Anna Maria Island, Florida and want Insider information on the best pizza on the island, you're in for a treat.
We have listed our top, favorite pizzeria's on the island where you can't go wrong. We are by no means the experts but we do LOVE GOOD FOOD, so here's hoping we will do you proud.
Vinny & Cheryl's Italian Kitchen
314 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
This pizza is robust with authentic flavours. Generous portions and a crushed tomato sauce that transports us back to Italy. You can tell that the dough is made by an Italian chef because the crust is the perfect balance between crispy and soft on the inside. The cheese is real mozzarella that has a creamy texture. Made fresh daily in a wood burning oven for take out only. It tops our SmackDown list !
Vinny & Cheryl's is a take-out only restaurant. Make sure you order your pizza early and pick it up by 6:30 pm. Give the chef in your group a break and eat your pizza wile dining al fresco at your vacation rental's backyard oasis.
Fire & Stone Pizza
10519 Cortez Rd West, Bradenton
By far the pies at Fire & Stone Pizza are the best value in town. The Endless Artisan Pizza Bar has over 500 delicious combinations to choose from. The crust is thin and light and crispy. The friendly staff keep the pizza pies coming out hot and fresh, as fast as we can eat them! With all day buffet prices of $8.99 and $5.50 for children under 7, it fits the bill when trying to stretch your dollar. We rate Fire & Stone Number 2 on our list.
Fire & Stone Pizza is located off island, but it's just over the bridge. It's a short drive but great for a family on a budget!
The Feast's Pizza
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
The Feast's pizza is guaranteed Hand tossed only using the freshest ingredients. What we love about this pizza is the sauce. They have over 27 different toppings to choose from! Ranging from peas.... yes I said peas... to traditional toppings like feta cheese and eggplant. The Feast thinks outside the box when they talk pizza. They also offer signature pizza's like White Pizza, Pretty Tasty, Mighty Meaty and The Works. Pizza are offered in 14 or 16 inch sizes. Prices range from $15.50 - 20.00. A definite yes on our list!
The Feast Restaurant is located on Marina Drive right next to the Free Trolley Stop.... very handy and no designated driver required!
201 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
With two types of crust to choose from Hand Tossed or Inch Thick Sicilian crust, this pie is at it's best while eaten outdoors with the beautiful view. A family owned business that has been a staple on the island for years. The sauce is not too spicy and the portions generous. You will probably have leftovers. We hear the calzones are good too. Oma's rounds out Number 3 on our Pizza SmackDown list.
Oma's is located towards the southern end of the island, so if you are ordering delivery it may arrive at your vacation rental a bit soggy. Best bet is to eat in the restaurant or pick it up yourself.
J Burn's Pizza
308 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
J Burn's Pizza is not for everyone. This may not start out as a great review but I have to tell you I really like their pizza. Here's why... It's a super thin crust cut into really small squares. It's great for feeding smaller kids. I can eat a ton of those little pizza squares with the cornmeal underneath and a light topping it's perfect for a lunch-time treat. Pizzas range in sizes from 7, 12 to 16 inches. Prices from $5.75 - 19.25
J Burns Pizza
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Let us know if we have done you proud, or if we missed another great pizzeria on the island that deserves to be included on our Pizza SmackDown list. We hope you find the pizza that you are dreaming of on Anna Maria Island. Bon Appetito!
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