Earlier this year I lived in Clearwater for a few weeks. While there, Laura introduced me to an Italian restaurant named Boardwalk Pizza & Gyros, where you can buy by the pie or the slice. Their prices were good but the food was better! We wound up going there a number of times in those few weeks and we’ve gone back several times since. Just last week, we paid them another visit.
This go around, Laura ordered a slice of their Boardwalk Supreme pizza. The dough was solid and held up the weight of the ingredients admirably. So many soggy-centered pizzas have crossed my path , it makes me appreciate the skill it takes to get a balance between the dough and it’s toppings. (You try putting semi liquids and liquid producing ingredients like cheese, tomato sauce, and tomatoes on bread and try to keep it from going mushy. It’s harder than it looks!) The crust was crispy, having been pulled straight from the ovens and popped onto our table. The sauce was used sparingly, emphasizing the cheese and toppings more. Some people love greasy pizza while others think it abhorrent. Myself, I love the greasy and non greasy versions equally, so I’m never bothered. This slice was only slightly greasy, but we’ve had other types that were around a 7 on the greaseometer, so take your toppings into account when ordering. And speaking of toppings, the sausage and pepperoni were well cooked and mild, the mushrooms had that soft texture and earthy, almost meaty flavor that I love, and the peppers were cut in long, thin strips that made the pizza what it was: tasty!
My pizza was a special of the day, the BBQ Buffalo Chicken. It, too, had a good crust, with a few hidden air pockets. The generous amount of buffalo chicken was thoroughly cooked but not dried out and hard. It’s medium spicy nature was countered by the barbecue sauce, creating a slightly tangy, slightly spicy harmony that I truly enjoyed! My cheese was a bit thicker than Laura’s which, considering the spicy nature of the Buffalo sauce, was likely a smart idea as it, too, helped to cut some of the sauce’s heat. They also had straight buffalo chicken (with no barbecue sauce) for those who liked the exta bit of heat. I would definitely take another slice.
Laura and I split an order of garlic knots. Apparently, they’re a popular item as they’ve run out of them almost every time I’ve been there. The bread was lightly toasted on the outside but still soft, able to be torn into smaller bits for easier eating. They come smothered in butter with minced garlic on top. I know some don’t like that much butter on their garlic knots, but I enjoy being able to dip the knot, gathering liberal amounts of butter and garlic to heighten the flavor (I prefer my garlic knots on the strong side.)
Boardwalk Pizza & Gyros has plenty to offer, including salads, subs, gyros, calzones, and, yes, pizza. The food is cooked with care and the staff is friendly. You can even pop out to the deck behind the restaurant to catch a table in the open air and feed the ducks, fish, and turtles down below in the small pond as they, too, love the pizza. Doesn’t that sound worth a visit?
Boardwalk Pizza & Gyros
2547 Countryside Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 3761