Pizza Time – St. Augustine, FL

Brian LeGros | April 19th, 2008 | food  

Last weekend, we went up to St. Augustine to visit some family and see the historic district. We had a great time and when lunch time came around we were starved. My brother said he had heard of a good pizza place on St. George Street called Pizza Time, so we decided to give it a shot. Most of the restaurants in the area seemed to be geared towards tourists, so our hope was that Pizza Time would be different.

I have to give it to the owner of Pizza Time, he’s a smart business man. The shop is small and people are routed in through the front door to stand directly in line in front of prepared pizzas, stromboli’s, calzones, and garlic knots. The food is presented nicely (and looks appetizing) and the shop is lined in murals and pictures advertising its Brooklyn, New York style of food. As you order you wait in line for your food to be heated unless you get a whole pie, in which they’ll bring it to your table. By the time your food is ready and you pay, you find out they accept cash ONLY, but no fears, there is an ATM right next to the cash register for your convenience. This is an all to common tactic for tourist heavy establishments in Florida no matter the theme, the owner gets a kickback as well as the ATM company. We ordered a slice of cheese (~$2.50), a sausage parmigiana roll (~$5) which came with a side of sauce, and a couple of fountain drinks (~$2 each). The slice was sizable, really greasy, and by no means the New York style pizza I’ve come to know; someone should tell them that just because you can make a big pizza, it doesn’t make it authentic. The sausage roll didn’t have much sausage in it, but for the price didn’t taste that bad. The sauce was flavorful but really salty, so I didn’t find myself using it much. We also tried the garlic knots, but as with everything else, they failed to stand out.

As we were leaving, we noticed the man we saw on our way in (that told us “Oh this place has the best pizza in all of town”) was getting free slices from the manager. He was also standing outside (at least as long as we were there) telling other people Pizza Time had the best pizza he’d ever eaten. Hmm … I’ll let you draw your own conclusion, but props to whoever came up with that idea. In any case, Pizza Time was what you can expect from your typical touristy pizza place. Nothing stands out and you have to be conscience that you have enough cash on you to eat. That being said, the staff was courteous and we didn’t have trouble getting a table. I’d give the experience a “meh”.

Pizza Time is located at 124 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

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  1. Jason Muscarella Says:

    I concur, pizza time is a joke.

  2. Brian LeGros Says:

    @Jason – I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who didn’t care for it. Any places in St. Augustine that are good for pizza that maybe don’t have the ATM scam?

  3. billy Says:

    You guys have obviously never been to New York. Pizza time is hands down the best pizza in st. augustine and the most authentic I have had after leaving the NY/NJ area after 17 years. The foldable, sizable slices are the only ones I’ve had in florida the remotely capture the magic of NY style pizza and either you guys are too fussy or just not savvy but anyone else reading this I PROMISE, I am a picky pizza guy and this place ROCKS!

  4. Brian LeGros Says:

    @billy – I guess we’ll just have to disagree about the food but I have a feeling those who stop by won’t be going back. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Jason Muscarella Says:

    @billy, after living in NJ/NY area for 28 years, I can assure you that pizza time doesn’t shine a light on anything you can get from any sub par pizza parlor in a 100 mile radius of Manhattan. Unless they are making their crust with imported Newark tap water, there’s no chance for comparison. If you’re looking for good pizza in FL, you need to look a little harder, if you think the buck stops here.

  6. Pam Says:

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  7. Brian LeGros Says:

    @Pam – Thanks for stopping by, but shameless self promotion? Come on … when your email address is the name of the pizza place you’re endorsing that’s not cool. Of course we know where your favoritism is. I’m going to block out the name and address of the place you’ve listed to deter my readers from thinking I’m endorsing it, but I’ll leave my comment to let them know what’s up.

  8. Sam Says:

    I agree with your critique of pizza time but I do have a different view of the credit card issue.

    I do agree that it is not being up front that it isn’t until the last minute that you realize they only take cash. However, being a business owner myself credit card companies are the only ones that actually make out when people use credit cards to purchase quick meal items. As most people do not pay off their full balance monthly they end up paying interest on a 4 minute meal and as the shop owner you pay a monthly fee to have a machine to accept cards and then 3-5% of your sale goes directly to the credit cards plus when you do not reach a daily income requirement you are charged for that as well. I personally accept credit cards as the public is getting away from using cash which in itself is dangerous however without accepting cards you lose at least 20% of your daily sales-so I take the loss from the credit card charges. I do not believe in placing an ATM in my shop to encourage people to spend money and charged fees they shouldn’t. If you don’t have the cash to buy something-you shouldn’t! There would be a lot less houses on the market right now if people got back to that philosophy. Thanks.

  9. Sam Says:

    Ponce Pizza which has recently moved to 207 next to the movie theater actually has excellent pizza that is more like the authentic NY Style pizza. I’ve tried most of the pizza in St. Augustine and theirs is the best, best price and consistently excellent.

  10. Domenico Says:

    I have friends in other businesses that pay 4-5% of their money to the banks because of credit cards. When I first came to Brooklyn, I get no credit from banks. Everything cash. So I don’t give money to banks. Like what mr. Sam says. Mr. Sams like Ponce, good for him. I make pizza, best in town. you think my pizza greasy? It’s oil. Where does that come from? Cheese has fat, meat has fat. you heat fat, you get oil. Frozen cheese has less fat, but I no use frozen. Margherita pizza has mozzarella di buffa, find me someone else who use this quality of cheese in this town.
    Sometimes someone who works for me put too much salt in sauce, I’m sorry. But he put too much salt in more than once, he no work for me no more. i don’t like much salt. You think we just for tourists? I make best pizza for everybody including my friends. some of my friends I give free pizza. So what? You never invite someone to your house? What do you charge them?

  11. Melissa Says:

    To each their own if you don’t like it. I love the pizza and was born in Newark NJ. Just cause they don’t want to except credit doesn’t make it a scam. I wouldn’t change a thing about the pizza there. Pizza Time rocks.

  12. Nancy & Mark Says:

    My wife and I just Love Pizza Time.. We travel over 30 miles once a week to get our Pizza Time fix…The owner is a great guy… My favorite is the Grandma’s and my wife’s is the white.

  13. Allie O Says:

    I agree w Nancy & Mark- Pizza Time’s Grandma’s Sicilian is where it’s at! Yum! For a regular slice of pizza {not Sicilian} I like Pizzalley’s across St. George St. Order the veggie garbage can- it has everything from roasted peppers to sun-dried tomatoes & artichoke hearts. Tasty!

  14. Janice Says:

    I am a long-time St. Augustine resident. I’ve eaten at Pizza Time many, many times. Most of the “townies” (downtown locals) LOVE the pizza at Pizza Time. Admittedly, some of the staff can be a bit rude, but most of them are friendly. Domenico is an awesome guy. Grew up in Sicily and had a Brooklyn Pizzaria for 20+ years before coming to St. Augustine. He is a stickler for only the Best quality ingredients and only allows an accomplished pizza thrower to touch his dough. I’ve heard that he imports New York water for the dough. He doesn’t take cards because he doesn’t like banks (the banks kinda dissed him when he first came to America). I agree that he should let folks know up front about the cash-only policy. People don’t like surprises. And Domenico DOES not have an employee to Bring in customers. That’s Pizzalleys. He doesn’t need it, his business stays good even in the worst economy. Best pizza in St. Augustine in my humble opinion. Also great fresh salads.

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