Mauro’s Pizza – Hollywood, Florida

The Chowfather being the Pizza aficionado that he is has mentioned Mauro’s to me on more than one occasion. Now, every Monday night at Arts Park in Hollywood there’s a Food Truck Event I curate. I’ve driven past Mauro’s on my way there for the last year & a half and not even realized it. My brother in law was driving two weeks so I was taking in the food sights on the way there. “MAURO’S!!!” I couldn’t believe I had been so close to it all this time. It was not in the cards that week to hit them up but last week……oh yes.

Mauro’s is Cash only but there’s an ATM so they can still extract some extra moolah from you. It seems from what I read everywhere that service is borderline rude. I didn’t encounter that but I was there at 3:30PM on a Monday, there was no one ahead of us when we walked in and ordered.

I go straight Cheese Slice, my wife Marcela decides on Pepperoni and I also order a Ground Beef for good measure. A Slice will set you back $2.75 and an extra buck for every additional topping.

The full toppings line up: Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Sausage, Peppers, Anchovies, Black Olives, Onions, Pineapple, Ham, Ground Beef & Extra Cheese.

I pay and wait no more than 5 minutes for the slices. There are signs all over the place telling you things you “can’t” do. I don’t take offense to them. I’m sure there’s a good reason for it. I worked in retail for over 10 years and no rules make for large headaches. I do favor the “POUR ON YOUR PLATE ***FIRST*** THEN ON YOUR PIZZA” sign, lots of intricate stenciling going on there.

Spice Up Your Slice

Warning: Do As You’re Told

These dudes are large and foldable. They are surprisingly big as you can see from the double plating under them.  The crust is crispy, the sauce is sweet and it’s got the right amount of pooling grease to keep the Pizza in the delicious zone. I don’t know that I could tell you I preferred one over the other but if you’re going to eat only one then you should probably go Cheese.

Cheese Slice

Pepperoni Slice

The Ground Beef slice had me in flashback mode. In the early ’80s, I would eat Pizza from a joint in Westchester, I think it was called International Pizza. Their Ground Beef was very similar in look and taste to this.  They ended up going out of business when Domino’s started spreading their tentacles around town. That’s one of the reasons why you should support locally owned shops and not those homogenized machines.

Ground Beef Slice

If you wanna go the full pie route Mauro’s has Medium, Large and XL. They’re open pretty late too(till 4AM on Sun-Tues & 5AM on Wed-Sat) and deliver locally, what’s not to love?

Eat Late & Great:

Mauro’s Pizza
1904 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, Florida 33020

Comments (2):

  1. Mark Walker

    December 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Beast –

    Mauro’s is in the right place at the right time. Either for lunch when out in Hollywood – easy to drive by & run in for a massive slice or a late night in Hollywood to soak up the suds.

    Massive slices of crispy right out of the oven pizza – noone in Hollywood touches them.

  2. Dennis Bedard

    December 8, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    I have eaten at this place many times. Best pizza in South Florida. Place has about as much ambience and charm as a donut shop in a bus station in the middle of no where. But that is part of what makes it great. I order one slice, a can of Budweiser, and sit outside and watch the people walk by. Whole neighborhood has a strange quality about it. Reminds me of some film noir movies of the late 40’s and 50’s.