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Review Appendix: Pizza Crawl in Pictures

The central brick oven at Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza smolders.
The central brick oven at Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza smolders.
John Linn

This week's column had me trekking alongside local pizza blogger Lapp of Worstpizza.com 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, Nino's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Boca Raton, and Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza, also in Boca. But here's a little visual accompaniment -- a side dish if you will -- a couple of pics each of the pies in question. Now get ready to set sail on the seas of cheese, my friends. 


The simple "margherita" pizza at La Fontana -- crushed tomatoes make the sauce, though it's far too restrained a dose and could stand to be seasoned with some salt and pepper. But the pie is thin as a record sleeve, personal-sized, and less than $6. Not bad.
The simple "margherita" pizza at La Fontana -- crushed tomatoes make the sauce, though it's far too restrained a dose and could stand to be seasoned with some salt and pepper. But the pie is thin as a record sleeve, personal-sized, and less than $6. Not bad.

An aerial view of that marg.
An aerial view of that marg.
Fontana's boungustaio marries Gorgonzola, red onion, mozzarella, rounds of sweet sausage, and, yes, French fries. In the review, I noted the pizza would've been better if the fries were replaced with roasted potatoes. Actually, if Fontana did that, this might be a destination-worthy pie.
Fontana's boungustaio marries Gorgonzola, red onion, mozzarella, rounds of sweet sausage, and, yes, French fries. In the review, I noted the pizza would've been better if the fries were replaced with roasted potatoes. Actually, if Fontana did that, this might be a destination-worthy pie.

The upside-down Sicilian at Nino's in Boca Raton has the cheese sleeping peacefully beneath a blanket of sweet sauce. The crust is amazing and the ultra-fruity olive oil on top beautiful. Nino's owner, Marco Tornabene, told me this Sicilian is not actually the family recipe: That pizza would be made with crushed plum tomatoes, capers, and anchovies instead of pizza sauce. Can't wait to try that.
The upside-down Sicilian at Nino's in Boca Raton has the cheese sleeping peacefully beneath a blanket of sweet sauce. The crust is amazing and the ultra-fruity olive oil on top beautiful. Nino's owner, Marco Tornabene, told me this Sicilian is not actually the family recipe: That pizza would be made with crushed plum tomatoes, capers, and anchovies instead of pizza sauce. Can't wait to try that.

The surface of the Sicilian is craggy, like a planet barren of all things save deliciousness. Note the steam rising.
The surface of the Sicilian is craggy, like a planet barren of all things save deliciousness. Note the steam rising.

Nino's New York-style Neapolitan pie has a thick, dense crust and a generous amount of sweet sauce and greasy-orange cheese. A very good slice.
Nino's New York-style Neapolitan pie has a thick, dense crust and a generous amount of sweet sauce and greasy-orange cheese. A very good slice.

The saucy slice at Tucci's Fire N Coal finds dabs of tomatoey goodness painted on top of the cheese. You can see the crust bends slightly, but it's actually quite crisp underneath -- that's just a HUGE slice. Another reason I could eat only one.
The saucy slice at Tucci's Fire N Coal finds dabs of tomatoey goodness painted on top of the cheese. You can see the crust bends slightly, but it's actually quite crisp underneath -- that's just a HUGE slice. Another reason I could eat only one.

A somewhat blurry view of the top. My camera skills had been gunked up by a full belly at this point.
A somewhat blurry view of the top. My camera skills had been gunked up by a full belly at this point.

A view of Tucci's from the safety of my takeout box. With bright-white cheese and pockets of brick red sauce, the pie looks pretty unusual -- and irresistible.
A view of Tucci's from the safety of my takeout box. With bright-white cheese and pockets of brick red sauce, the pie looks pretty unusual -- and irresistible.



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