The First Coast has no shortage of pizza places. No matter how you slice it— thin and crispy, thick and chewy— good pizza always has an audience. V Pizza, a new Italian-inspired eatery, specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas (the thin and crispy kind). What may set them apart is that they’re professing to do things the old-fashioned way.
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Four locations: River City Marketplace (714-9210; rennaspizza.com); St. Johns Town Center (565-1299); Argyle Village Square (771-7677); 11111 San Jose Blvd. (292-2300) Casual family restaurant serving New York-style pizza, subs, calzones, salads and pastas. Beer and wine only. L, D, B/W, O, TO, WA, $, ALL.
2134 Park Ave., Orange Park (264-6116; pompeiicoalfiredpizza.com). The oven fires are always burning at Pompeii, serving fresh-made mozzarella tomato pizza, coal-fired chicken wings, Cuban sandwiches and the house specialty—salad for two. L, D, B/W, RA, O, TO, X, $, ALL.
1176-2 Edgewood Ave., S. (389-4442); 925 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach (321-3400). Serving pizzas, calzones, salads and breadsticks. Variety of beer and wine by the bottle and glass. L, D, B/W, TO, WA, $, D, MC, V.
1161 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (249-7787). Chef Toni Acireale prepares a “mix” of Italian favorites and Asian-inspired fare. Look for pulled pork sushi rolls, wood-fired pizzas, bacon-fried oysters, grilled house-made sausage and white chocolate pound cake. D, FB, LE, RA, TO, WA, $, all.
110 1st St., Neptune Beach (249-5573). Serving pan-seared scallops, Togarashi tuna, grilled pork chops with chipotle raspberry sauce, gourmet pizzas as well as nightly specials. D, FB, CB, RA, RS, O, TO, WA, $$, ALL.
11380 Beach Blvd., Southside(645-0081). An authentic Italian cucina with warm Mediterranean hospitality to match, its menu features all the classics including house-made pastas and tiramisu. Casual. L, D, B/W, RA, RS, TO, WA, $, ALL.
5912 University Blvd., W., Southside (731-0338). Serving Jacksonville since 1975 with traditional Italian dinners, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, pizza, meatball cheese sub. Family. L, D, B/W, TO, WA, $, ALL.
10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin (268-4458). Family-owned eatery’s specialties include seafood lasagna, chicken parmigiana, grouper Francese and housemade tiramisu. Live piano music. D, FB, RA, O, TO, LE, WA, $, ALL.
4260 Herschel St., Avondale (387-6213; mypastiche.com). Chef-owned Avondale charmer features French-influenced American cuisine that varies with the seasons. The covered patio in the garden is great for lunch. Try the sweet potato fries. L, D, B/W, RS, O, BR, TO, LE, WA, $$, ALL.