You might be surprised to learn how amazing Jacksonville is when it comes to pizza.
Whether you’re in town on business, coming to see a Jaguars game, or on vacation headed to the beaches, there are a ton of great pizza spots in Jacksonville that you have to check out. Without a doubt, it’s one of Florida’s best pizza towns.
I like my pizza thin, crispy, and loaded with toppings. A tall beer on the side never hurts either. Are you like me, or do you prefer deep-dish pizza? Prefer lots of vegetables? Even toppings that some might think are non-traditional?
Whatever your preference, there are multiple pizza spots in Jacksonville that will hit the spot for you.
Keep on reading for my list of the absolute best Jacksonville pizza. I’ll take you on a tour of the best spots in the city, and I promise that you’re going to have a fantastic time.
2677 Forbes St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Carmine’s Pie House, located on Forbes Street in the Riverside district, serves up traditional Italian pizza in an environment that’s anything but.
When you go inside, you’ll see a ton of modern art on the wall, all provided by some of Jacksonville’s best artists. If you like a fun atmosphere and classic rock, you’ll have a blast at Carmine’s.
On the other hand, the menu is as old-school Italian as it gets and is even “mother approved.” They offer both New York and Chicago deep dishes and sell by the slice, meaning that you can sample it before committing to a whole pie.
I recommend the classic Margherita. It’s a classic trio of mozzarella, marinara, and fresh basil and Carmine’s nails it every single time.
This chain has locations throughout the Jacksonville area, so you’re never far away from fresh, wood-fired pizza. At V’s, everything they make is cooked in their wood-fired ovens. That means crunchy char that will have you coming back again and again.
V’s atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and they serve food made with high-quality ingredients that you can feel good about. They also offer Sunday brunch!
For me, the best pizza at V is the Pizza Napoli. It has fresh mozzarella, eggplant, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, and more. If you’re in a vegetarian mood, it’s perfect. V’s signature wings are also cooked in the wood oven and are smokey and moist.
Moon River Pizza
1176 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Moon River Pizza is near Murray Hill, on Edgewood Avenue South. This quirky destination offers a very simple menu and it’s one of my all-time favorite places to eat here in the city.
You can get traditional pizza, calzones, breadsticks, and salad with various soft drinks, beer, and wine. Their focus on the basics means that everything you’re getting is clean, well-made, and delicious.
If you’re a cheese lover, I recommend the White pizza, which comes with gorgonzola, feta, and fresh mozzarella and is finished with olive oil, oregano, and fresh garlic.
To up the cheesiness even more, pair it with Moon River’s gorgonzola salad, which is covered in walnuts, Roma tomatoes, a light vinaigrette, and a whole lot of gorgonzola.
10503 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257
Located on San Jose Boulevard right outside Plummers Cove, Picasso’s is an exquisite restaurant with great pizza that’s also good for private dining and special occasions!
With a focus on fresh ingredients and making everything in-house, you know that the food is excellent. The restaurant focuses on bringing flavors from around the country to Jacksonville, making Picasso’s a truly unique experience.
Picasso’s has a wide-ranging menu, but we come for the pizza! They offer a delicious St. Louis-style pizza. It’s square-cut, and the sauce and cheese combine to create a creamy texture you won’t find elsewhere.
If you’re feeling extra hungry, I’m also a fan of the Butcher’s Special, which comes with pepperoni, house-made Italian sausage, pit-smoked ham, and bacon.
7316 N Main St, Jacksonville, FL 32208
Joseph’s Pizza sits right between Panama Park and Tallulah and is a Jacksonville Institution. Joseph’s was opened in 1956 and calls itself “Jacksonville’s Oldest Pizzeria.”
From the moment you enter, you can feel the tradition and history. The smell of amazing, traditional Italian fare draws you in, and the pizza will have you hooked from the first bite. Joseph’s offers different types and sizes of pizzas from small to giant and also has a Sicilian-style option.
If you’re going to Joseph’s, you have to try Joseph’s Special. Pepperoni, sausage, ham, beef, mushrooms, black olives, onions, green peppers, and anchovies combine to create the most classic pizza you could ever want.
Biggie’s Pizza offers locations throughout Jacksonville and is a great combination of classic New York with Jacksonville beach culture.
When you go into Biggie’s, you’ll hear fun music and see lots of art. Their focus is unbelievable food at an unbelievable value. Biggie’s offers pizza and calzones, and you can try their favorites to see what you like best.
For me, any meal at Biggie’s should include their Gambler Pie. Instead of a traditional marinara, they use a pink vodka sauce.
On top of that is extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, and romano, along with a hearty helping of prosciutto slices. Its classic Italian flavors are combined in a very tasty way.
Tony D’s New York Pizza
8358 Point Meadows Dr #10, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Tony D’s sits on Point Meadows Drive and is just a few minutes away from Fort Family Park near one of my go-to sushi restaurants. So, you can go to the park for a day, grab some pizza from Tony D’s, and have an overall great day.
Tony D’s screams “New York!” right as you enter the door. The chairs are even adorned with Yankees logos, so if you’re a Red Sox fan, you might want to keep that quiet.
Tony D’s is known for traditional, New York-style cuisine, which means their pizza will be big and filling.
I recommend newcomers try out the Margherita, made with fresh mozzarella, basil, marinara sauce, and olive oil. From there, step up to their chicken parm pizza, which is loaded with extra sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and breaded chicken.
9734 Deer Lake Ct Ste 1, Jacksonville, FL 32246
If you want a fresh and funky pizza spot, Mellow Mushroom is for you. Located in Town Center, Mellow Mushroom serves up delicious pizza in an eclectic and arty (but also family-friendly) environment.
They aim for a fun, relaxed, and creative vibe. You might also see Mellow Mushroom’s Bake Bus, a mobile pizza van serving up their favorites, at local concerts and festivals.
At Mellow Mushroom, I always get the House Special which is basically a supreme pizza. This is a classic crust and red sauce, but with feta and mozzarella cheese, spinach, Roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and a pesto swirl. If you’re of age, Mellow Mushrooms serves up amazing handmade cocktails with your pie.
8060 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Al’s Pizza, on Philips Highway near Brierwood, is a Jacksonville institution, having been in business since 1988.
Al’s is well known for its dough (made fresh twice daily), fresh ingredients, and classic flavors. Al’s has a very contemporary vibe, but it’s very warm, great for both a Friday date and a family dinner.
Al’s offers a wide variety of pizza, including multiple slice options. If you want something a little bit different, I recommend any of the Sicilian-style thick crust pizzas. These are a little heartier than the usual New York style, and they stand up well to tons of toppings.
Five Star Pizza
3325 Plymouth St, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Five Star Pizza is a chain with locations all over the United States, but don’t let that make you think it doesn’t deserve a spot on this list.
Five Star prides itself on sourcing the best possible ingredients, getting you the best pizza at the lowest possible cost. Pizzas are hand-tossed, and cheese and vegetables are cut daily. Keep in mind, however, that Five Star is only delivery and takeout.
Five Star has most of the classic pizza staples, so you can’t go wrong with any of those. I’m a big pepperoni fan, though, so I go with the Pepperoni Powerhouse, which has double meat and extra cheese.
You’ll be so full that you might not want to make plans for the rest of the night, but it’s an awesome pizza.
As you can see, Jacksonville is a great destination spot for pizza. Whether you like a traditional Margherita or something new, Jacksonville has you covered.
On top of that, there are great restaurants with private rooms all over the city, so you’re close to a great joint no matter where you are. So, all you have to do is get out there and enjoy!
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