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Food Crush — Piazza Pizza and Beach Bodega

“I’m not going to lie, this was one of the best tasting food crush’s we have done to date — I’ll be back real soon for that pizza,” said Food Crusher and Local Pulse Co-Owner Doug Jolly.

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If you can’t tell by the video review, Innisfree’s new concept Piazza Pizza and Beach Bodega is not to be missed. Thanks to Pensacola Eggfest, we took the food crushers along with special guest Big Moe Cason across both bridges to 5 Via de Luna Dr. Suite G where we had an all-time Italian feast.

Piazza Pizza Pensacola Beach was established with the sole purpose of providing Pensacola Beach with one-of-a-kind, thin-crust, 14″ New York Style pizza that is easily accessible to everyone on Pensacola Beach, both locals and visitors with their choice of prompt delivery, dine-in or take away.

What started as a pizza concept has now evolved into a multifaceted dining destination with the addition of the Beach Bodega. For those craving something beyond pizza, they offer an enticing selection of made-to-order Italian paninis, subs, and salads. The culinary adventure doesn’t end there. Enter Beach Bodega, a treasure trove of epicurean delights that beckons with its array of gourmet offerings.

What makes the pizza so good? A lot goes into this answer, but we think it starts with their oven. The Italian oven was uniquely handcrafted brick by brick, constructed right in their own kitchen, specifically for Piazza Pizza. The rotating stone-deck creates a crispy, golden brown crust baked to perfection every time. You won’t be able to find this type of oven just anywhere in the Pensacola area!

What’s sets Pizza Piazza apart? Besides their unique oven, they have an entire Beach Bodega full of gourmet Italian offerings. From wines and craft beers to Italian sodas and artisanal cheeses, this charming market has something to satisfy all your beach picnic needs or your pre and post beach cravings.

Do they only have pizza? Nope! Their made-to-order Italian paninis, subs, and salads, are bursting with fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Did we mention they make their own bread as well? Yep, the fresh in-house made focaccia is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

What should I order? It was seriously hard to not order everything on the menu, but we went with award-winning Chef Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez and Innisfree’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage’s suggestions. Let’s dig in.

First up, the Sabrosa Pizza — Olive oil, fresh mozzarella, proscuitto, fig jam, honey goat cheese, arugula, balsamic drizzle. This was a crowd favorite. There is something about the sweetness of the fig jam and the balsamic drizzle combined with the saltiness of the goat cheese and prosciutto that makes the perfect bite. Do not skip this one!

After devouring that, Manny suggested we try the Spicy Hawaiian — house red sauce, whole milk mozzarella, bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, pineapple. All of us at the table agreed that we are typically not pineapple on pizza fans, but we went with Manny’s suggestion anyways. And boy were we happy we did! Cream cheese on pizza, say less!

While we waited for the panini courses, Manny brought us a slice of pepperoni. The flavors delivered and we all loved the idea of being able to order pizza by the slice.

Where are my Italian sub fans? This next part is for you. If you get down on salami, mortadella, prosciutto, capicola , pesto and are not afraid of carbs, you probably have a large Italian family who are always in your business. I do anyways! In all honesty, if I did just describe you, you’ll be pleasantly overwhelmed by the large list of Italian sandwiches on offer.

We started with the Formaggio Panini — cheddar, gouda and provolone served with a side of house red sauce. Basically like a grown-up version of everyone’s favorite grilled cheese sandwich. The cheese stretch on this was next level and the tomato dipping sauce was the cherry on top.

Manny’s next suggestion was The Roman — salami, capicola, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil and vinegar, and calabrian aioli. You need this Italian sub in your life and you need it now. If I was going to the beach for the afternoon, this would be my pick. Nothing beats a cold sub on the beach!

Lastly, we tried the Pio Pio Panini — oven roasted chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto. Our New Jersey native food crusher willingly admitted this panini took him back to the Jersey Coast. I have never been to New Jersey, but I assume this can only be a good thing.

As you might imagine, our belt loops were bursting at this point and unfortunately we did not have room for dessert, but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer it. Choose from a wide variety of local delights made by Sweet Blessings Bakery.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this new concept on Pensacola Beach and look forward to hearing from our readers on what you think. We were so pleased with our visit, we are partnering with Pizza Piazza and Innisfree for a giveaway starting tomorrow that involves a winning a free pizza EVERY MONTH for an entire year. Stay tuned and thank you to Manny and the team for a delicious and authentic Italian extravaganza.

See you next time and stay hungry food crushers!