Definitive guide to pizza for lunch in Boca Raton

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By: Craig Agranoff

Special to the Boca Newspaper

Starting Monday our choice is Nino’s of Boca Raton

Del Mar Shopping Center, 7120 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Head to Nino’s for one of the best thin crust (NY Style) pizza around. Nino’s has been in business for over 35 years which in Boca Raton terms is almost a lifetime. Although they require you to get your slices by a server, which as many know, I consider to be a HUGE inconvenience for lunch, the servers are well trained and responsive. You can’t go wrong with either a regular or Sicilian slice here. They make one of the best upside down Sicilian pies in the area as well. The owner will sometimes make a special upside down thin crust Sicilian pie for regulars, so try to identify yourself and say hello to him.

On Tuesday Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza

50 NE 1st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Tucci’s is an award winning pizzeria and is probably one of the best pizzas in the state, let alone Boca Raton, and shouldn’t go without a try. They don’t sell slices at Tucci’s so be prepared for a small pie if by yourself.  Besides the pizza, the rest of the menu is delicious as well. Expect long waits on the weekends, so Tuesday is the best day.

Wednesday for lunch, you should head out to a little known pizzeria called Cilluffo’s

6065 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, FL 33433

This hidden gem has been in this hard to see location for decades. It is located in the Howard’s Market plaza off 18th street. The slices are great and the prices are right. They only have counter seating, so do not expect anything fancy here. The staff isn’t usually that friendly, but sometimes you go to eat the pizza, and not worry about the attitude of the staff behind the counter. If you haven’t been to this South Boca pizza, you are missing out on some of the thinnest and most tasty slices. Ciluffo’s is so hidden and off the radar, they don’t even feel they need a website. Those who know, just know about them.

If you cannot find Ciluffo’s then definitely head to Augy’s Restaurant & Pizza

1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Augy’s has been around forever and they make a great Sicilian http://www.augyspizzabocaraton.com/. They have an all you can eat pizza buffet and serve some quality pies considering the price tag.

Thursday brings us to Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria

5030 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33496

On Thursday, if you are lucky, Joe will have a secret off the menu pie he makes called “Long Island Sicilian”. Joe makes his Sicilian pies fantastically and the addition of some garlic and oil makes for a delightful combination. Be prepared for some sticker shock at Manhattan Joe’s since the pies and slices are quite expensive compared to other local places. He uses the finest ingredients so you get what you pay for, but in a world where people think fast food delivery pizza is acceptable, it might be a bit high priced for them.

For Friday it is time for some Craig. Yes, there is a pizza named after me and it is outrageous. You can find the “Craig Pie” at Pizzeria 5000

1901 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432 (formerly called Community Table)

The Craig pie has garlic, oil, meatballs, fresh and shredded mozzarella cheese, and some parmesan. My mouth is watering as I type this. Pizzeria 5000 is located in the somewhat decrepit and easily passed shopping plaza where Barrier Reef is, just to the south of Dunkin Donuts on 2nd by 20th. This surprisingly good casual restaurant should easily be the go-to spot for all FAU students. They do not have servers here so you can get in and out without much hassle. The TV’s are sometimes loud so it might not be the perfect spot for a business lunch, but you could ask the manager to lower them and he usually does right away.

It is the weekend, and that gives you extra time to go and eat sometimes even pizza twice. Usually during the week, Pizza Time is jammed, so Saturday is a perfect time to go and enjoy some tasty pizza here.

1001 SW 2nd Ave #7000, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Like many places, they make you get servers to get your simple slices. Although we recommend the regular slices here, you can’t go wrong with any of their selection. Many who go to Pizza Time go for their Margarita Pizza, but it isn’t my favorite there. I am like a kid in a candy store here since so many of their other style pies taste great.

On Sunday, you want to eat lunch and watch the games. TV’s are a must and preferably a place that won’t try to force you out too quickly. That is why we recommend Grande Pizza

Village Pointe Shopping Center, 6006 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Although the regular and Sicilian pies are average here, the pizza that truly stands out is their Detroit Style / Crusty Cheese Pizza.