Riverside Market is a casual, friendly place with couches for guests to sit on. Known for its rare and exotic brews, it has a selection of over 650 craft beers too, as well as a huge variety of gourmet and unique sodas, coffees, teas and wines. The food is phenomenal and their pizza is no exception, with a New York-style thin crust and even a vegan cheese option.
The Riverside Market Café, 608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 358 8333
Rice and Dough
This Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant makes some of the most fantastic pizza in Florida, so good that customers feel like they’re in a pizza house in Italy despite the sushi rolls they can order to go along with their pie. Rice and Dough also serves charcuterie, eggplant parmesan, kobe beef meatballs, and even Balkan foods like burek, filo dough filled with meat and cheese.
Rice & Dough, Camden Las Olas Apartments, 501 SE 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 530 6521
Angelo Elia Pizza
Angelo Elia Pizza is a cozy restaurant that follows true Italian fashion. Owned by Chef Angelo Elia of Casa D’Angelo fame, it has a wood-burning pizza oven that bakes classic and gourmet pizzas such as the ‘diavola’ pizza with smoked mozzarella and spicy salami and ‘cremona’ pizza with pear, pancetta, gorgonzola, and figs. The restaurant also serves a variety of calzones, as well as tapas, pastas and panini for a light lunch.
Angelo Elia, 4215 N. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 561 7300
Pie-zan’s is a New York-style Italian joint that serves great thin crust pizza, including a bruschetta pizza, southern comfort pizza with crispy chicken and barbecue sauce, and a pizza with meatballs and gravy. Customers can even make their own pizza by choosing from a list of toppings. The snug pizza shop also serves calzones, special stuffed breads, pastas, and, of course, their renowned meatballs.
Pie-zan’s Home of Frankie Meatballs, 1103 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 462 9222
Piola is an Italian restaurant that serves three varieties of pizza; thin crust with mozzarella and tomato sauce, thin crust with only mozzarella and no sauce, and thicker crust with tomato sauce. All of their pizzas are baked in a brick oven that creates crispy pizza crusts with warm soft centers. In addition to pizzas, Piola also serves salads, pastas and authentic, home-made Italian desserts such as profiteroles and panna cotta.
Piola, 2374 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 990 4801
Umberto’s Restaurant and Pizza
Umberto’s Restaurant and Pizza is a family-owned restaurant and pizzeria, serving a variety of pizzas and calzones as well as other Italian favorites such as pastas, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, chicken cacciatore, and garlic rolls. The dining room itself has a rustic, homey feel, with a granite tiled floor and leafy potted plants hanging overhead.
Umberto’s, 3051 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 776 0258
Las Olas Riverfront Pizza
Las Olas Riverfront Pizza is a laid-back pizza joint right next to the Tarpon River offering a variety of freshly baked pizza slices with a thin, soft crust. In addition to pizza, it also offers a variety of other classic New York Italian favorites, including calzones, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, chicken rolls, veggie rolls, lasagna, garlic rolls, and meatball subs.
Las Olas Riverfront Pizza, 300 SW 1st Ave #109, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 522 6556