The battle has been fought hard and long; yet no one seems to have the definitive answer to the age-old question: Whose pizza reigns supreme? Passions run hot and dividing lines rise high, but that didn’t stop us from embarking on our own quest to put the saucy debate to rest. Here we offer information on four of the finest pizzerias in Panama City Beach. We warn you, though … with pizzas this good, you’ll have a hard time picking just one favorite.
Panama Pizzeria owner Jason GaNung is a proud native New Yorker whose dedication to offering his diners nothing less than perfection runs as deep as the marinara in his veins. In addition to making classic pizzas that are loved by pie purists, GaNung and co-owner Darla Sapone prove that Panama Pizzeria isn’t afraid to toss things up by offering creative creations like the ricotta-loaded Lasagna Pizza and the inventively twisted take on tradition that is the Eggplant Pizza. The seriously stacked Panama Supreme wins the pie popularity contest, while the monstrously meaty Meat Monster runs close behind. No matter which pizza you order, every hot-and-cheesy bite is sure to come packed with delicious flavor. By the way, Panama Pizzeria doesn’t rely solely on the popularity of their pies to keep their customers satisfied: They serve up a full menu of Italian bistro classics, like scratch-made gnocchi and eggplant Parmesan, too.
Great White Pizza
Great White Pizza in Pier Park makes their traditional hand-crafted pizza cooked to order in a high-temperature stone oven for a delicious, crispy crust. In addition to pizza, the menu features a selection of hand-crafted calzones, fazani sandwiches, freshly tossed salads, tempting appetizers, gluten-free pizza, locally-made gelato, and other dessert options. Great White Pizza is a fast, casual restaurant where guests order at the counter and choose a table where their food is brought to them. Beer and wine can be ordered in the same manner and you can even enjoy satellite television while you chow down on a pizza pie!
Marcus’ Gulf Pizza
Offering every kind of topping imaginable, from pepperoni to rum raisins and pickled eggs, Marcus’ Gulf Pizza is certainly a pizza parlor that thinks outside of the box. Each of their thin-and-crispy specialty pizzas is piled high with flavor, or you can choose to make your own pie. The Super Deluxe pizza tops Marcus’ list of hot sellers, but it isn’t the only big cheese; other popular pizzas include the Vegetarian, Gulf Deluxe and BBQ Cracked, each of which is layered with housemade sauces, fresh veggies and premium meats. Marcus’ has been making their doughs, sauces and legendary lasagna from scratch on a daily basis for more than 30 years. When the original owner, Mark “Marco” Shiekh decided to hang up his apron in 2005, current owner Marcus Haines carried on the tradition and put his practiced hand and his deep passion for keeping things authentic to work. In addition to their tempting slices, Marcus’ specializes in scratch-made favorites, such as spaghetti and lasagna. Other menu hits include their oven-baked subs, chicken wings and fresh salads.
Nick’s Slice of Brooklyn Pizzeria & Bar
Brooklyn native Nick D. (last name undisclosed) got his start in the restaurant business back home in Bensonhurst, where he learned traditional Italian cooking before migrating South to open his own place in Nashville. Just this year, Nick and his wife made Panama City Beach their new home, bringing signature dishes that customers won’t soon “fuhgeddabout.” Nick's Slice of Brooklyn Pizzeria & Bar offers a menu packed with pizzas like The Godfather and The Mama Mia — a respect-demanding pair of pies made from two layers of crust stuffed with enough cheese and toppings in each slice to put a hit on your hunger. With top-selling Stromboli rolls like the Eggplant Parm and authentic New York-style pizzas, stopping in for a hot slice at Nick’s is an offer you can’t refuse.