How about another review from St. Augustine?
We headed to the beach for a little while Saturday morning before heading home. Since we drove south down A1A along St. Augustine Beach the evening before, we decided to head north and check out the Vilano Beach area. After we crossed the bridge over the Tolomato River we noticed a Publix store off top our right and a pizzeria sign at one end of the small strip shopping center. We took it as a sign (literally and figuratively).
We found the beach park/beach access that we were looking for, parked and headed down to the beach with our towels and cooler. ConnieLou spent some time soaking up some rays while Jenna and I splashed around in the water. After having all the heat and sun we could stand during the heat of the day, we headed back to the city park at the beach access, rinsed off and changed from our swimsuits into travelin’ clothes. Then it was off to find something for a late lunch.
We all remembered the pizzeria sign by the Publix so we decided to stop by and give it a look before deciding whether to look elsewhere. Turns out it was a good thing we did.
When we pulled into the parking lot we discovered that the name of the restaurant was Puccini’s Pizzaria. Pizzaria…what is it about the word pizzeria, combined with an Italian name that makes even a strip-center pizza joint sound much more enticing than say ‘Joe’s Pizza’? We decided to give it a shot.
We walked in, sat down and enjoyed the AC while our server brought us menus and took our drink orders. There was plenty to choose from on the menu but we kept things simple and ordered a medium meat lovers (ground beef, Italian sausage, ham and bacon) pizza. Our pie came out in fairly short order and we dove in. Either we were really hungry or the pizza was really good because we finished it off in fairly short order.
So how did Puccini’s fare on the Thumbs Scale? Six out a possible six…easily. Definitely a keeper. Now we know two good pizza joints in St. Augustine.