• Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Blaze Pizza Opens in Fort Lauderdale: Free Pizza Tomorrow

    Pizza fans will be able to get a fresh, hot pie right out of the oven starting today when Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza opens its first South Florida location in Fort Lauderdale at Uptown Center near the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station. The restaurant features custom-made personal pies baked in hot, open- ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria Celebrates Its Coral Springs Grand Opening Tonight

    Before anyone gets into any sort of celebratory mood, let's first get on the same page when it comes to a proper Neapolitan-styled pizza, which is what Nick's New Haven-styled pie is all about. Though the variant in Connecticut has transmogrified over the years in the Italian-American community, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Mellow Mushroom Celebrates National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Debuts New Gluten-Free Menu

    This May, Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach is kicking off a gluten-free celebration of Celiac Disease Awareness month with the launch of its new gluten-free pizza menu. Today, more than three million Americans are currently affected by Celiac disease -- a condition that can cause irritation and inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Funky Buddha Creating Signature Beer for Anthony's Pizza

    Certain food items are just supposed to go together: spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, burgers and fries, nutella and bananas. Beer and pizza, however, is one of the best combos since sliced bread -- with peanut butter and jelly, obviously. One of South Florida's favorite pizza joints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Ends the Debate on New York Versus Chicago Pizza (Video)

    South Florida is known as an area of migrants; the long held assumption is that no one is from here. Aside from, like, the five native Floridians in the area the vast majority of our inhabitants hail from New York and the midwest, which has led to some strong regional ties. Earlier this week, it w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Chef Mike Hinojosa Takes Over the Kitchen at Red Tapas: "I Just Want to Cook Good Food"

    Late last year, Red Tapas opened its doors in Palm Beach Gardens. With bright red decor, Mac "Viva Glam" red lipstick as part of the female servers uniform, and a world-view menu of tapas, the place put a lot of emphasis on the details. It's now in the process of reinventing the food. Executive ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Intimate Italian Eatery Pomodoro's in Oakland Park Reopens After Four Years

    Usually when a restaurant closes, we're left twiddling our thumbs looking for something to fill the void of our rumbling stomachs. For the most part, internet research will lead you to an eatery reminiscent of the one you used to love, but restaurants are like snow flakes, no two will satiate patron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Lake Worth Pier Makeover: Three New Places To Eat on the Beach

    The pier in Lake Worth recently underwent a major makeover, and along with it came new places to grab a bite to eat. Although the small shopping plaza now known as the Lake Worth Casino lost longtime morning breakfast spot John G's, there's still the oceanfront South Florida gem, Benny's on the Beac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Attention Couch Potatoes: You Can Order Pizza Hut From Your XBox 360

    We know that the only thing that can tear you away from an eight-hour gaming session with Call of Duty is the call of your rumbling stomach. And it's just a drain on the ole' leg muscles to get up and search for your cell in order to phone in your pizza order. Well, Microsoft and Pizza Hut have hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Spadini's Mizner Pizzeria in Boca Raton: Owner Tom Sellick has Magnum PI Tattoo (Photos)

    We're not sure why, but mustachios are all the rage right now. Whether its a Handlebar, Fu Manchu, or the Pancho Villa, there is one person who is best known for his perfect 'stache: the legendary Tom Selleck. Recently, Clean Plate Charlie received word that Tom Sellick opened a new pizza place in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Weston Dining Entrepreneur Plans Pizza Empire

    Sure it looks as though South Florida is recovering from the real estate meltdown that led to the region being labeled as one of nation's most troubled, but in the midst of panic came opportunities. "Weston Town Center was struggling in 2008 and I started buying up all of the restaurants that were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Pizza Fusion to Open Flagship Corporate Restaurant in Boca Raton

    Pizza Fusion, the South Florida-based pizza chain with the slogan, "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time," recently announced plans to open two new locations -- one in Naples and a second in Boca Raton, which will be the brand's first corporate location. Currently the leading green franchise in Nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Now Hiring at Delray Marketplace: Japango, Bella Amici Pizzeria, Burt & Max's

    If you're in the biz and looking for a new gig, Delray Marketplace is a hotbed of hospitality job options. With a whole host of new restaurants and entertainment venues opening over the next several months, lots of places are in search of good help, from baristas to bussers and everything in between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Shaquille O'Neal to Attend Grand Opening for Dry Fried Wings This Friday in Fort Lauderdale

    Basketball star-turned-actor-turned-rapper-turned-doctor-turned-beer-spokesman-turned-police-force-hopeful (and so on and so forth) Shaquille O'Neal will help to welcome the Dry Fried Wing Company to Fort Laudy on Friday afternoon. The Shaq is just one of several sports stars who will spice up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Osteria Acqua & Farina: Small Place, Interesting Pies

    Osteria Acqua & Farina is the new concept from Giovanni Rocchio, owner of Valentino's Cucina Italiana. The restaurant, which opened in June of this year, in the former space of Valentino's, is Rocchio's causal adaptation of his renowned high-end Italian restaurant.The menu is comprised of classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    FREE Pan Pizza from Domino's Tuesday

    Pizza is awesome. Even more so when it's free. In celebration of national pizza month--yes, there is such a thing--Domino's in Dade and Broward counties are giving away free pizza. Sorry, Palm Beach. The company wants to spread the word about the new Handmade Pan Pizza. This time Domino's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Grimaldi's Offers Free Pizza On Your Birthday

    We don't understand people who don't like celebrating their birthdays. After all, a birthday means people singing to you off-key, wearing funny hats, possible gifts, cake, and now free pizza!Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria wants to celebrate your special day by giving you a free large one-toppin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    La Scaletta Offers Summer Cooking Classes, Dining Deal

    Summer in south Florida means beach days, sunny weather...and rain most every afternoon.  Let's face it, while most of the country takes to the outdoors this time of year, Floridians look for  activities where they can be free of searing heat, lightning, and mosquitoes.When you've seen eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Cigar City Tasting Event is February 23 at Puccini's Pizza in Delray Beach

    ​If a beer with your pizza is good, many beers -- and of a wide variety of 'em -- is even better. The upcoming Cigar City Brewery Night will see the Florida craft brewer invading the newly opened Puccini's Pizzeria in Delray Beach for one night. The event blends together several of the standbys of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    After-Hours Eats: Big City Tavern's Chef Louie Bossi

    ​I've been perusing Las Olas wine and cheese shops lately as well as ducking into bars and restaurants down the stretch. I'm curious as to how the strip will turn itself into a holiday extravaganza on November 29, perhaps because I've never spent the season in 84 degrees. Big City Tavern is among ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Nick's Apizza Resurfacing in Boca

    ​Nick Laudano, who's fine but short-lived Nick's Apizza introduced Lake Worth to the joys of New Haven-style pizza, will debut his new, much bigger and more ambitious pizzeria in Boca Raton's Glades Plaza this July.  Renamed Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar, the 4,600-square-foot res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 5 -- "The Basic" from Pizzeria Oceano

    ​As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 5: "The Basic" from Pizzeria Oceano"Pizza is the Cheers rerun of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Luigi's Coal Fire Pizza Opens On Las Olas Boulevard

    Luigi's Coal Fire Pizza​A couple months behind an anticipated March opening, Luigi's Coal Fire Pizza opened its doors for service Tuesday, May 17.Locals seemed eager to try Napolitan chef Luigi DiMeo's (previously of Rino's Tuscan Grill) fare at the new neighborhood pizzeria. By 8 p.m. Tuesday nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Pizza Fusion Founder Vaughan Lazar Talks Tattoos and Saudi Arabia

    Photo by Devin DesjarlaisPizza Fusion co-founder Vaughan Lazar is humble about his success.​Vaughan Lazar, the man behind the legendary organic pizza chain restaurant, Pizza Fusion, happened to be at the Fort Lauderdale store last week. Granted it wasn't a far stretch since Lazar lives in Boca Rat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Three Reasons to go Nuts Buying Kitchen Supplies This Black Friday

    The Pampered Chef ​This Black Friday, remember: Spending money on kitchen gadgets should always be guilt-free. Why? Because:1. New supplies lead to more cookingAnd that leads to more entertaining, which ultimately ends with more friends. In short, cutlery increases popularity. 2. Fresh gadgets e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Putting Your Pizza Stone to Work: Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pizza

    Crackly crust, sweet butternut squash, sage, and caramelized onions -- the flavors of fall in pizza form.​Yesterday, we talked about pizza stones and how you can improve upon those store-bought ones with cheap unglazed quarry tiles purchased at Home Depot. Today, let's put those tiles to the test ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    September 22, 2010

    Shooting Porn in the Pizzeria: Is it Legal?, Photoshop by Justin Scicluna​Yesterday, Clean Plate Charlie reported that Squiggy's pizzeria (located on SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee nightlife district) had two porno flicks filmed inside the restaurant during operating hours. This unusual incident left us w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Corelino's Pizza Opens in Lantana

    ​It's the hottest thing to hit the pizza world since Wolfgang Puck smeared a crust with crème fraiche and topped it with smoked salmon and caviar.  That would be the coal-fired oven, both figuratively and literally the hottest, as it can crank up to a fearsome 800 to 900 degrees, cooking and ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    January 26, 2010

    Borgo Antico Pizzeria Debuts on Palm Beach Island

    Photo by Flickr user Mike Wiacek​If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe.Palm Beach is not exactly the place you'd expect to find a pizzeria that seems plucked f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    2009 Restaurant Roll Call - Openings

    ​We all know 2009 was sort of a strange year for restaurants. On one hand, there were dozens of significant openings, places that really added to our overall scene. On the other, there was more attrition than a super-long game of Risk. Here's a comprehensive run down, from A to Z of what opened in ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009
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    November 26, 2009
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    November 20, 2009

    Rocco's Opens in Boca, Mugs Moves into Christine's, Argentina Invades Springs

    A face only a mom and pop could love.​• The space that once housed Broward's Best New Restaurant is now a sports bar. Mugs Bar & Grill has taken over where Christine's used to operate on Oakland Park Boulevard. At one time, Christine's doled out contemporary American food to the sound of sul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Sicilian Oven To Open New Location in 2010

    C. StilesGaravuso sampling his own creation at the Sicilian Oven.​Check it out: the Sicilian Oven, one of the best pizza joints in Broward County, is planning to open its second location by early next is reporting that Andrew Garavuso and crew will move into the 3,100-square-fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    What's the Drama Behind Domenick's in Weston?

    Photo by Riki Altman​It was a bit of a challenge finding the new Domenick's Pizzeria in Weston, only in part because it is hidden in a plaza off a main drag, tucked behind a synagogue and squeezed between a beauty salon and Sylvan Learning center. As of press time, one website claims it is named " ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 3, 2009

    Oven Lovin'

    Sicilian Oven bakes pizza with wood, not coal, and it shows.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Order Up: Sicilian Oven - Updated With Slideshow

    C. Stiles​ The Perfect Pizza is an elusive animal. Mostly because everyone has his or her own idea of what makes a great pie. But I'd like to think of the pizza at Sicilian Oven as the Great Uniter; no matter what the preference -- Napolitan or New York style, wood- or coal-fired, thin and thick - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Review Appendix: Pizza Crawl in Pictures

    John LinnThe central brick oven at Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza smolders.This week's column had me trekking alongside local pizza blogger Lapp of as we took on three pie-slinging joints in one night. You can check out the article for my conclusions on La Fontana Pizzeria in Coral Springs ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    February 9, 2009

    Best Of Readers' Poll 2009: Best Pizza

    No single foodstuff has been fought over with the fervor of of the simple tomato pie. Everybody's got an opinion, and our guess is you're no exception. Whether you like the fat, doughy Chicago pie, the New York-style thin crust (soft enough to fold in the middle), one of the new brick-oven flatbread ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Pizza Rescues Earth!

    “Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time” is the motto of Pizza Fusion, the first ever organic pizza franchise that is getting set to open at 14815 Biscayne Boulevard in mid-November. The Fort Lauderdale based restaurant chain offers pizza, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, desserts, and organic beer ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008
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    April 1, 2004

    The Nonpassion of the Luce

    Attractive or tasteless, you be the judge

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    May 16, 2002

    Best Restaurant Row

    Gateway Plaza

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    Esposito's Pizza Restaurant

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    Papa Leone's

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    March 18, 1999
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