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“Very Good Italian Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buona Pizza

Buona Pizza
4705 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
+1 727-360-7970
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very Good Italian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Dolphin Plaza, is a very good little Italian restaurant. Diners have a choice of tables outside the front door by the parking lot, inside the restaurant, or on the back patio overlooking the alley and boat docks. We chose the latter because the air conditioning inside was way too cold. Although it was a little disconcerting to walk through the back hallway of the restaurant, past curtained rooms to get to the back patio, we enjoyed looking at the boats and watching dolphins jumping out of the water. The alley in between was distracting, especially when cars or trucks drove past. Nearby, we could see garbage cans, brooms and boxes that seem to collect in alleys. However, our server was pleasant and took good care of us. Warm bread served with olive oil and Italian spices is always a welcome start to a meal, and we thoroughly enjoyed the bread and house salads at Buona. Baked ziti was cheesy and yummy, but our group split on the spaghetti with marinara sauce -- some loved it and some thought the sauce was way too sweet and really rather bland. The meatballs scored high marks, and the Eggplant Parmesan was satisfying with lots of gooey cheese melted on top. The pizza crust was exceptionally thin -- almost too thin to support the pepperoni topping -- but tasty. Overall, the food and service were very good and the portions generous.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Amazing Italian food and the portions were extremely generous! Definitely a must try if in Saint Petersburg! Don't forget the dessert- delicious!

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Nashville, Tn
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Goog good food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stumbled on to this place. Went in to get a slice of pizza, left there completely stuffed. The cook came out and told the specials of the day. Ragu sicialano... or something like that. Was told it took for hours to prepare. So good. Wife had slice of white pizza. She loved it. Would highly recommend.

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A Gem on the beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

If you want fresh, home made Italian food, this is the place. It is tucked away in a shopping center on the beach. The service is fast and friendly. Husband ordered the vegetable lasagna that he devoured and I enjoyed the chicken piccata. The fresh bread was warm and tasty.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
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“Best pizza in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Just eaten at Buona Pizza restaurant on holiday from UK absolutely delicious. Just a shame I couldn't finish the massive portions. Very friendly attentive service. Best cheesecake and tiramisu ever.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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