Pizza Excursion in Florida

Recently, I travelled to St. Petersburg, FL and again found a pizza connection, this time a fantastic authentic popular Italian Market called Mazzaro.

Pizza to go

Pizza to go

My friend Arthur lives in the “St. Pete” area and showed me this cool market on a rainy Thursday afternoon.  Mazzaro was packed in the middle of the day.  One look at the Yelp reviews and you can see why this place is a big hit.

Mazzaro’s bakery and coffee shop

 

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

They make their own pasta, cheeses and import some of the finest quality ingredients from Italy.

Cool wall decor

Cool wall decor

Some cool little Italian cars

Some cool little Italian cars

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

You can even grab a bottle of wine and enjoy it on the patio with your food from the deli counter.

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

The deli counter is packed so be patient

The deli counter is packed so be patient

 

Take a number, relax and enjoy walking around Mazzaro and relish in one of the hidden but popular places in St. Pete.

If you are in for some wood-fired pizza, check out Gregario in the sleepy town of Safety Harbor, FL  Several people in town suggested this place because of it’s fresh ingredients and it was a great little find.

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

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Sean on USS Carl Vinson

Sean on the USS Carl Vinson September 2001

Fun Pizza Facts

Did you know?

  1. Over 36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni.
  2. There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
  3. Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year.
  4. New York’s Nino’s Bellissima restaurant has the world’s most expensive pizza. Topped with six varieties of caviar, chives, fresh lobster and creme fraiche, this 12-inch pie, called the “Luxury Pizza,” retails at $1,000.00 (or $125.00 a slice).
  5. The largest pizza ever made was in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the Guinness Book of Records the pizza was 122 feet in diameter and was made using 1200lb of flour, 1700lb of cheese and 1600lb of tomato puree.

 

South African Pizza

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It’ been a year since I visited Cape Town, South Africa.  The trip was amazing and I was surprised to see that South Africans love their wood-fired pizza.  The pizza is pronounced PiTza and has a thin crust and a mound of toppings. I was able to persuade my guide to show me a local […]