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Mellow Mushroom, in the Tinseltown shopping Center on Jacksonville’s south side, is a psychedelic wonder that overflows with twisty overhead pipes, murals of colorful mushrooms, oak flooring, deep burgundy booths and giant mushroom sculptures. Specialty pizzas are the order of the day here, with options like the Magical Mystery Tour and the Kosmic Karma, served with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and a pesto swirl. Customers can also build their own pizzas, or opt for salads, calzones and hoagies, while fungi favorites like mushroom soup and a stuffed Portobello stay true to theme. Mellow Mushroom even caters to the vegetarian and vegan with vegan cheese, tempeh and tofu pizzas and salads, plus a gluten-free option by request.

9734 Deer Lake Ct.
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza, on Jacksonville’s south side, is a quintessential local spot. With its butcher block counter, black bar stools and exhibition brick oven, patrons can even watch the chef make their pie, which might be the Veggie Heaven (tomatoes, arugula, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, shredded carrots, onion, bell pepper, olive oil) one night or The Brumos (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon, ham) the next. Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza also has a wide variety of salads, appetizers, calzones and hot sandwiches, and offers pizza by the slice for fast-casual lunchers on the go. Plain flooring and black tables lend to a casual pizzeria vibe, while staff is equally laid back.

4160 Southside Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US

When diners at Vinny's Italian Restaurant and NY Pizzeria bite into a slice of hot, cheesy pizza, they can rest assured that they are noshing on the genuine article. That's because the pies here are crafted by former Big Apple residents who know how to calibrate the crust, sauce, and toppings just so. And for those who prefer to sample the entrees of the old country, there are plenty of pasta, veal, and seafood dishes on the menu as well. Deli subs come cold or hot, and 12-inch stromboli get baked over the Statue of Liberty's torch.

14185 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Inside Giuliano's Italian Restaurant, George Gjergj and Leonard Gjergji's family recipes guide them as they stuff shells with ricotta cheese, sauté shrimp in homemade marinara sauce, and drizzle merlot reduction onto char-grilled filet mignon. Specialty pizzas marry ingredients such as grilled chicken and pesto or sliced steak and sautéed onions. A bottomless lunch buffet brims with slices of pizza like the description of a third grader’s dream job, and calzones slice open to reveal ricotta and ham.

9802 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Owners Bruno and Jimmy fill Mamma Lucia’s kitchen with housemade Italian family recipes. At each of the eight locations, chefs mix and match myriad pastas and sauces such as penne in pink sauce or chicken pesto ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce. Chicken and veal can be dipped in egg and sautéed in a lemon-and-wine sauce or prepared in any of 15 other ways. In the dining room, servers happily deliver New York–style pizzas to tables or to passing taxicabs full of lost Brooklyn residents.

11380 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US

If you haven’t yet embraced the concept of build-your-own take home pizza, it’s time to check out Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake. The festive storefront sports yellow counters, red walls and a warm wood floor, while the menu reads like a typical pizza joint: cheese, veggie and Hawaiian pies are among the popular choices. You’ll also find stuffed pizzas and creative offerings like the Chicken Bacon Artichoke “deLITE” on their exclusive low-calorie thin crust, but the real craziness is in the concept. Papa Murphy’s will help you build your own pizza, using handmade dough, creamy mozzarella, sliced vegetables and butcher-quality meats, then send you on your way with the unfinished pie to be baked in your own home oven. A cross between pre-made frozen-aisle pizzas and waiting an hour for your local delivery place, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake is a fun, easy way to nab a pizza for the whole family on the drive home.

10991 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US