Venue Review: Pizzeria Oceano
201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. No listed phone number.
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 5:30 p.m. until the restaurant runs out of ingredients. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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Pizzeria Oceano specializes in an ever-changing offering of gourmet pies. During my visit, there were three choices — a cheese pizza with fresh basil, a shrimp pizza with sheep’s milk cheese and a pie with potatoes and bacon. Appetizers included hard-boiled eggs with beets, and a salad with grapefruit and pine nuts. The pizzeria serves wine and beer. Daily menus are posted at www.pizzeriaoceano.com.
Casual. Most of the tables are outside, along Ocean Avenue, but there are a few spots to eat inside, too.
OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE
The potato-and-bacon pizza ($18) and the basil pie ($14) were excellent. The crusts were the perfect combination of crisp and doughy. The hard-boiled eggs with beets ($7) were pricey but delicious.
REASON TO GO
The best pizza in central Palm Beach County. The high-quality pizza is a bargain, but the appetizers and drinks are comparatively steep.
Friendly and prompt. Pizzeria Oceano accepts cash only (I had to visit the ATM at Walgreen’s next door), and requests for take-out or substitutions are brushed off.
Loud, although our table was right next to a speaker playing music. There’s also some traffic noise from the street.
Pizzeria Oceano is no Formica-table-and-video-games joint, but the vibe is casual enough that I felt comfortable taking my kids.