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When racecar lovers get together to open a pizza place, RPM Pizza is what happens. The eatery keeps it casual—customers order signature stuffed pizzas or wings slathered in sauce at a walk-up counter, and the parking lot's pit crew is clad in flip-flops. To support its "go big or go home" attitude, staff members named pizzas after their favorite sport, with specialty pies including the Checker Flag, sprinkled with pepperoni and sausage, or the Burnout, with jalapeno, honey-habanero chicken, and savory tire marks.

1100 Idlewild Ave
Green Cove Springs,
FL
US

Enthralled with the art of pizza-making, a trio of college students opened the first Mellow Mushroom 37 years ago in a former liquor establishment. Popularity bred new locations, doling out stone-baked pizzas sprinkled with unusual ingredients such as broccoli, pineapple, pesto chicken, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, and banana peppers. Chefs express their subconscious hoarding problems by stuffing a host of ingredients inside of calzones and hoagies, whose hearty compositions may be offset by crisp salads. Mellow Mushroom remains open late for night owls and offers catering services to help keep company meetings and divorce parties stress-free.

1800 Town Center Blvd
Orange Park,
FL
US

Making pizza requires a pretty standard order: dough, sauce, cheese, toppings, bake. But for The Infielder, the signature 16-inch pizza at The Infield Pizzeria & Sports Bar, cooks scramble up the process. After shaping a hunk of hand-tossed dough into a square, they add toppings and mozzarella cheese before baking the pie. Once the pizza is out of the oven, the culinary team adds sauce and sprinkles of pecorino romano cheese.

The rest of the menu fulfills more traditional pizzeria expectations, from honey barbecue chicken pies to meatball parmesan subs with half a pound of meat. An extensive beer and wine selection can compelment each feast, as do five 50-inch televisions broadcasting the latest games. For kids, pre- and post-meal entertainment includes an in-house arcade, made-to-order cotton candy, and a bounce house every Wednesday.

330 College Dr
Orange Park,
FL
US

In the early 1900s, when firewood was a valuable commodity, a light bulb went off inside a resourceful baker's head: why not try coal? Hence was born a different kind of pizza––one with a smoky, barbequed flavor and the pure heart of a coal miner's daughter. Pompeii Coal Fired Pizza takes this idea and gives it a modern pep talk, marrying oak wood and Pennsylvania-shipped anthracite coal to bake up old-style pizzas in a stifling 850-degree brick oven.

Electricity takes a vacation as these furnaces evenly smoke thickly-sauced pastas, deli-style sandwiches, and housemade pizza dough. If Italy's anthem doesn't ring in your ears after eating golden focaccia bread and imported Italian ingredients, you can grab a gondola oar and help the chef pound out a night's worth of juicy 8-ounce burgers.: In the early 1900s, when firewood was a valuable commodity, a light bulb went off inside a resourceful baker's head: why not try coal? Hence was born a different kind of pizza––one with a smoky, barbequed flavor and the pure heart of a coal miner's daughter. Pompeii Coal Fired Pizza takes this idea and gives it a modern pep talk, marrying oak wood and Pennsylvania-shipped anthracite coal to bake up old-style pizzas in a stifling 850-degree brick oven.

Electricity takes a vacation as these furnaces evenly smoke thickly-sauced pastas, deli-style sandwiches, and housemade pizza dough. If Italy's anthem doesn't ring in your ears after eating golden focaccia bread and imported Italian ingredients, you can grab a gondola oar and help the chef pound out a night's worth of juicy 8-ounce burgers.

2134 Park Ave
Orange Park,
FL
US

Though Brucci's Pizza owner Bruce Jackson was born in Syracuse, New York, his grandparents hail from Italy, and he grew up feasting on Italian recipes that had been passed down through generations. At his restaurant, the chefs follow the same timeworn recipes as his grandparents when dishing up Italian favorites with a New York–style flair. They whip up lasagna layered with meatballs and italian sausage, grill paninis, and hand-toss housemade dough for pizzas, strombolis, and calzones. Their specialty pies include the Brooklyn—topped with diced tomatoes and fresh basil—and the Syracuse Stuffer—laden with sausage, beef, pepperoni, and ham, as well as green peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

But Brucci's Pizza is more than just an eatery—it's also a gathering place. In addition to weekly specials, the three locations host regular events. The Ponte Vedra and Fruit Cove locations host a Monday kids' night, and the West Beaches location facilitates live music twice a week, played by bands that are not made up of animatronic rodents. The chefs also issue a standing challenge: if any guest can devour a double-thick, 16-inch Fuhgeddaboudit pizza—smothered in seven toppings and gobs of extra cheese—within an hour, it's on the house.

13500 Beach 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