Archive | March, 2011

Pensacola Pizzathon Stop 2: O’Zone Pizza Pub

2 Mar

The Pensacola Pizzathon continues!

For our weekly dinner date, Mr. Parker and I visited O’Zone Pizza Pub in Pensacola. I’d had pizza from O’Zone earlier last summer before I met Mr. Parker, and I’ve measured every pizza I’ve consumed since then against the masterpiece of deliciousity they served me.

It was that good. I still talk about it, so I decided Mr. Parker needed to experience the magic.

O’Zone is located in the basement of the old Sacred Heart hospital, which looks like a creepy old castle. We like to assume that “basement” = “morgue” (we’re very mature, non-morbid individuals, what can I say), so the location is simultaneously interesting and eerie. Really – have a look.

This is a very casual place, and it’s much larger than it looks when you first enter. The basement has been redecorated, so it doesn’t look hospital-esque in the least (if you’re actually after the creep factor, do be sure to walk through the building’s main hallways).

We stopped by on Thursday, February 24, and O’Zone was crowded and noisy. We didn’t have to wait for a table, though, and our hostess seated us in the back room in the corner, so the chatter wasn’t bothersome. We did have a very large table of intoxicated, PBR-swilling hipsters on the other side of the room, but they were far enough away for us not to have to hear their every word.

Our server was fantastic. She was prompt and friendly, and she took excellent care of us and made sure we had everything we needed without being intrusive. Her timing was impeccable; our drinks never sat empty, and she brought us a takeaway box and the check when we were done, yet we never felt the least bit rushed.

We both ordered sodas – Dr. Pepper for Mr. Parker and Diet Coke for me. O’Zone did have some good drink specials – I recall $2 on-the-rocks Margaritas being mentioned – but neither of us partook in the alcohol. Mr. Parker was driving, and I had to work the next morning.

To start, we shared a house salad with Greek dressing. It was good! The greens were chilled to the perfect temperature, and the combination of lettuces was ideal. It had the perfect amount of crunch. The giant homemade croutons were great, too, and the salad was a nice size for the two of us to split.

For our pizza, I suggested the Italian Flag. It’s the pie I had when I ate at O’Zone the first time, and given Mr. Parker’s taste preferences, I was confident he’d like it. It has classic sauce, cheese, red peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, and swirls of pesto. I’m not a fan of peppers or onions and Mr. Parker doesn’t like mushrooms (“They’re spores!”), so our Italian Flag had just sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and pesto.

And it was phenomenal.

The pizza arrived at our table piping hot and smelling heavenly, like basil and sausage. Mmmm.

I’m a sauce person, and the red stuff at O’Zone does not disappoint. It’s abundant and flavorful with just a hint of zing. The cheese – oh lawd, the cheese! – was melty, gooey, and delicious. The pepperoni was tasty, and the bits of sausage were perfect – not too big, not too small, not too seedy, not too hamburger-y. And the pesto… oh my goodness, the pesto. It makes this pizza. Even the crust was fantastic. While not exactly crunchy, neither thick nor thin, the edges were just crisp, the inside was tender and slightly chewy, and the flavor was amazing. I think I detected a hint of rosemary or perhaps thyme. So good!

We chose the 14″ pizza, which I believe was about $18. The salad was $4.95. Not necessarily cheap for pizza, but pretty reasonable for such great food and service. We finished the salad and all but two slices of the pizza.

The Verdict
Mr. Parker has declared the Italian Flag from O’Zone his new favorite “best pizza” he’s ever had.

He also kept the leftovers. Yes, I am the nicest ladyfriend in the world.

O’Zone has things other than pizza, too; however, I can’t seem to locate one of their menus online.

If you’re in the mood for an amazing pizza in a casual, unique atmosphere, definitely stop by! I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed. We can’t wait to go back.

O’Zone Pizza Pub
1010 North 12th Avenue
Pensacola, Florida 32501
Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 12 am
Sunday – 11 am – 10 pm