By Becki Coffy
Biondo’s pizza has been open in The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach for the past 14 months. I wish I had discovered this quaint eatery a year ago so that I could be reporting on everything on their menu. Don’t let its small size fool you, the menu is large enough to satisfy your desire for great pizzas, subs, salads and more.
Joe Biondo decided to open an Italian restaurant 40 years ago in the Port St. Lucie area and enjoyed the fruits of his labor for many years. After a career change and partial retirement, he decided to go back into the business and we are so glad he did.
Joe does most of the cooking using recipes from his mother and other family members. He proudly states that the sauce is his mother’s recipe, which he still has handwritten on the paper she gave him. His uncle shared the pizza crust technique that he uses even now for his breads and pizza dough. Good food transcends time, and he is happy to share these family specialties with his customers.
Knowing that Joe makes dough fresh every day, we decided to start with the homemade garlic knots. They were served piping hot and covered with real butter and fresh garlic. They were crispy on the outside and oh-so-fluffy and tender on the inside. The butter added another dimension to the flavor and really stepped it up a notch.
Next, we ordered the Stromboli filled with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage and peppers. It was stuffed with fillings and lots and lots of hot melted cheese. It was served with homemade red sauce rich with tomatoes, onions, basil and other seasonings. It was full of flavor, and, yet, light to the taste. We gobbled it up so quickly we needed a second helping to finish our dish.
Our final choice from the menu was the white pizza. Joe tells me it is one of the more popular dishes on the menu, although the pepperoni and cheese pizza always tops the list.
Again, the crust set the stage for a mouthwatering treat handmade by the owner. Crispy and tender, it was just thick enough to hold up to the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses loaded on the top. This was a little slice of pizza heaven. The pizza can also be ordered with spinach, but I thought it was perfect just the way it was served.
The menu offers 6- and 12- inch subs. The Italian combo is the most popular, but they also have a tuna salad sub, oven roasted turkey, roast beef, ham and cheese, and even a hamburger hoagie. Rounding out the sub choices are sausage and peppers, chicken parmesan, and meatball. I intend to try both the chicken parmesan and meatball, as these are prepared using “mama’s “ recipes; and if they are half as good as the red sauce, then I’m in for a treat.
Giving a nod to Joe’s lovely wife, Janet, they have completed their sub choices with the Philly cheese steak. Janet, originally from Philadelphia, thought her hometown should be represented too. She assures me it is the “real deal.”
Pizza’s can be ordered in 10-, 12- and 16-inch sizes and there are 18 topping choices from which to choose. Calzones and Strombolis have become very popular selections, and the true ‘Buffalo’-style wings can be ordered medium, hot, garlic and barbeque. House, Caesar and Chef salads are available, and I am told by friends that the antipasto is delicious.
Before you order, be sure to check the desserts and save room. The filling for the cannolis is prepared daily and the cannolis are made to order to ensure their freshness. Assorted flavors of Italian ices and New York-style cheesecake are also available.
Biondo’s is located at 1619 SE 3 Court in Deerfield Beach in The Cove Shopping Center. Monday and Tuesday offers a 16-inch cheese pizza for $6.95 and several other specials are available. Call 954-427-7754 for pick-up or delivery.
Until we eat again …