It’s Friday night and for many families that means pizza night! As many of you know, Marco Island is home to a wide variety of fine dinning restaurants. But sometimes, after a day of sun and fun, you just want to kick back in your beachfront condo and spend a cozy Friday evening in. What better way to unwind than with some friends and family and a big, cheesy pie?
Pizza can certainly be enjoyed any time of the year and not just on Fridays, of course. But since October happens to be National Pizza Month, now we have another great reason to celebrate this fabulous food any day of the week! A very special thank you to Gerry Durnell who began National Pizza Month back in October of 1984 while he was working as the publisher of Pizza Today magazine.
With pizza, the possibilities are endless. There are countless varieties of crusts and toppings and styles. On top of that, how you eat your pizza may have something to say about you as well (The Way You Eat Your Pizza Says a Lot About Your Personality). It’s a very interesting read, and I am sure the next time you eat pizza you’ll have lots talk about.
Marco Island is home to some amazing pizzerias that you won’t want to miss. Better yet, it’s a great economical and convenient way to dine while on vacation (especially with kids). You can also find everything from fine cuisine to great pizza on the go!
Below is a list of our favorite pizzerias on Marco Island:
257 North Collier Blvd.
Only 2.3 miles from either beachfront condo, Joey’s Pizza & Pasta is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Family owned and operated since 1997, Joey’s specializes in homemade family recipes and has a mouth-watering selection of both thin and thick crust pizzas. Entree selections, soups, sandwiches and a delicious assortment of desserts such as Tiramisu are also on the menu.
Insider’s In-The-Know: Joey’s will deliver directly to either one of our beachfront condo properties. Dine alfresco on the privacy of your own beachfront balcony! They do get very busy so allow for plenty of time for delivery.
599 South Collier Blvd
Located in the Marco Walk Plaza, the Carvelli family invites you to experience fine Italian dining with authentic specialties and a fine selection of wines. Enjoy a delicious selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes in addition to a variety of pizzas made on the only wood-burning pizza oven on Marco Island.
Insider’s In-The-Know: No designated driver needed! It’s just a short 13-minute walk from either of our beachfront condos! Experience Italian table-side singers who will transport you straight to Italy during a weekend evening. Buon Appetito!
247 North Collier Blvd.
You’re in for a treat when you visit Marco Island’s family owned Italian Deli & Market! Well-known and loved for their homemade cuisine, specialties include their New York-style pizza, flavorful heroes, soups and salads. All pizza is sprinkled with fresh oregano and basil, delish!
Insider’s In-The-Know: There are limited tables and chairs and may not look like much from the outside. However, the pizza and food are great, not to mention the friendly service of the two brothers from Brooklyn that own it. The Italian Deli offers pizza by the slice or pie. So its perfect for dining in or a few slices to take on the go.
Sami’s Pizza Grande & Gourmet to Go
227 N Collier Blvd
Sami’s Pizza Grande & Gourmet to Go has something for everyone. Located in what used to be the Kwik Stop, a convenience store, the eatery has turned itself into Marco’s go-to lunch destination. Sami’s offers authentic pizza made in house and fresh everyday as well as calzones and stromboli. You can also order kebobs, gyros, tacos, burgers, wings, subs, sandwiches and so much more. Sami’s recently won “Best Overall” in the 2017 Taste of Marco annual competition, a testament to its quality.
Insider’s In-The-Know: Seating is limited. Ordering delivery or pick-up is ideal. Also, the restaurant still doubles as a convenience store. So if you order something for delivery you can always add on any convenience store item to be delivered with your food!
Coming soon…. Joey D’s of Naples
701 Bald Eagle Drive
Grand opening of their Marco Island location will be in 2017! We will keep you posted on their grand opening date and test it out. Stay tuned!
In honor of National Pizza Month, I’d like to share one of my family’s favorite video clips on pizza! Enjoy!
Beachfront Balcony – Your Marco Island Condominium
And of course… enjoy al fresco dining from the comfort and privacy of your beachfront condominium. Sometimes, you just need a night in!