Last year, Spadini's Pizzeria in Boca Raton took the number one spot in a list of the Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Palm Beach County. When the pizza spot closed several months ago, we were a little upset — but not for long. Palm Beach County's loss is now Broward's gain as the beloved pizzeria has crossed the border, planning to re-open in a freshly remodeled space off Hillsborough Boulevard in Deerfield Beach.
Chef-owner Tom Sellick isn't just your average dough slinger, and no — he's also not that Tom Selleck. Their homonym buddies. Tattooed from head to toe — including a sweet one of the Tom Selleck whom you were originally thinking — the 33-year-old Long Island transplant (North Port to be exact) makes some of the best pies in the area, and has been for close to two decades.
Sellick takes his New York-style pizza very seriously. Slices are engineered to fold in half without flopping over. The dough is shipped from up north multiple times per week. The sauce is made fresh daily. And the menu offers more than 20 toppings.
After packing up shop at his original location in May, Sellick says he is ready to re-open Spadini's later this week with a more concise Italian menu and with a wider array of specialty pies.
"We won't have as many entree-style dishes as we had before, but here we have a 15-foot display case, so I'll be offering some new pizzas to make up for it," said Sellick.
The menu still covers all the New York-style Italian bases — dishes like baked penne, stuffed shells, and hot hot heroes featuring homemade chicken, meatball, and veal parmigiana, as well as made-to-order stromboli and calzones. An expanded deli case at the new location will also make way for cold subs, too, including turkey, roast beef, and ham with American cheese in addition to more Italian flavors like
And then there's the pizza. Pies include Sellick's basic New York style cheese, or the grandma (pies cut into thin squares with a garlic crust and a chunky marinara sauce). Specialty selections are topped with things like homemade penne
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For those of you in-the-know, don't worry: Sellick says he'll still be making his own version of the upside-down Sicilian. Most people don't know the history of this Spadini's pie. Turns out the New York favorite was actually inspired by fellow Long Island native Craig Agranoff, founder of WorstPizza.com, who asked Sellick to recreate one of his favorite pies from home. Together, Agranoff and Sellick concocted a recipe similar to one they both ate regularly at their favorite spot, L&B Spumoni Gardens, located in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Spadini's menu may have changed a bit, but the specials haven't. When the restaurant opens on Friday, October 16, expect to find the same Wednesday special (a large regular cheese pizza that sells for $7.99). But now — in addition to the cheap eats during the week — you can also get free beer on the weekends, starting soon. Sellick says he plans on offering free beer from a keg in the evening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for patrons looking to dine-in before heading out for a night at the beach bars or nearby Two George's.
Spadini's Pizzeria is located in the Cove Shopping Center at 1645 SE Third Ct., Deerfield Beach. Visit facebook.com/MiznerPizzeria.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.