I have debated this for years now and have decided to put my findings out there. First off, I live in the St. Pete area and will keep it relatively close to here because there are some really good places across the bridges too but for argument sake I will stay local. A few years ago, I took a trip to Connecticut where I was introduced to the absolute BEST Pizza I have ever had and it was a very surprising choice as it was the White Clam pizza from Frank Pepe's in New Haven CT just down the street from Yale University. I have tried New York pizza and they are definitely in the top 3 but just not number 1. Having said that locally I have it narrowed down to my favorites and I am about to share that with you. Number 5 is the pepperoni Pie at Tuttorosso Pizzeria Napoletana https://www.tuttorossopizza.com/ on St. Pete Beach. They would probably be a bit higher except they made one huge mistake by being too good at making spaghetti Bolognese (The absolute best I have ever had) so I have a hard time ordering anything else other than that. Super good pizza though. Number 4 The Noble Pig at Noble Crust http://noble-crust.com/ this meaty masterpiece hits on all of your carnivorous cravings with delicious spice and flavor. This one would be higher but getting in can be tricky sometimes which speaks volumes to the atmosphere, but for me when my Pizza craving hits, I want it and I want it now, so more of the upscale places don't get the higher ratings for me just because of that. Number 3 is Cappy's on 1st Ave North http://cappyspizzaonline.com/Locations.aspx now this one is a bit different because they offer Chicago style and New York Style and I love them both. I also build my own pie differently each time. The flavor is awesome and the atmosphere is great as well as it is like eating at home. Check it out you will see what I mean. Number 2 is the Meat pizza at Toby's Original Little Italy in Disston Plaza- https://www.tobysoriginallittleitalypizza.com/ This has been my number one spot for the past 15 years at least and it is very difficult for me to have someone else at the top but it has finally happened. I can't say anything bad about this place those, it is the closest to New York pizza and the toppings cheese and crust are perfect. I absolutely love it. So in order for someone to overtake them as my number one they better have something very different and my new number one does. Number 1 is the Holy Shitake Pie From Mellow Mushroom. https://mellowmushroom.com/location/fl-clearwater-2630-gulf-to-bay-blvd-33759/ Description: "Olive oil and garlic base, shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella, and MontAmoré®. Finished with a garlic aioli swirl and a spritz of black truffle oil. Garnished with fresh chives and shaved parmesan."
This Garlicky mushroom masterpiece is full of flavor and hits all of your favorite profiles. It is garlicky, salty, the texture and chew is perfect and the crust is amazing. I will eat this whole thing myself if my wife lets me...(she doesn't) It is also the best next day cold pizza ever too...so there is that. If you haven't tried this you need to immediately. It is awesome. So there you have my top 5 pizza places locally, but as seen with my number one, if I find one better I will say so. Let me know the places I need to try to see if I can find a new number one.