Here’s a look at Italian, pizza restaurants that have debuted in 2022, listed from north to south.
A new Italian restaurant that pays homage to Sardinia’s eclectic cuisine, Zona Blu opened in suburban West Palm Beach in early April. 
The restaurant takes inspiration from the Italian island that’s one of five places in the world designated as “blue zone” places, areas where residents are known to live long, healthy lives. 
Zona Blu: 8170 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-323-4799, ZonaBluWPB.com
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A South Florida wood-fired pizza (and more) chain with eight restaurants, Sicilian Oven opened a Wellington location in June by the Mall at Wellington Green. The debut follows the suburban Delray Beach location’s opening last year. The chain also has an eatery in Boca Raton.
On the menu: “fire-cracker” calamari in spicy pomodoro sauce, Tuscan fries with shaved Parmesan and truffle oil, pasta-free Sicilian lasagna, over-stuffed panetta sandwiches, wood-fired wings, pasta and salads.
In addition to a spacious indoor dining room, Sicilian Oven offers covered patio seating and an indoor-outdoor bar serving wine, beer and spirits. 
Sicilian Oven: 10610 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, 561-770-1966, SicilianOven.com
This new spot serves New Haven-style, brick-oven pizza. Open since May, Ah-Beetz aims to achieve the proper amount of “char” on its Neapolitan crust. “There’s no character without char,” the restaurant’s website proclaims. 
And by the way, suburban Delray may be 1,400 miles from New Haven, but they still call pies “apizza” at Ah-Beetz. 
Ah-Beetz: 15200 Jog Rd., suburban Delray Beach, 561-908-2466, ah-beetz.com
This new suburban Delray pizzeria takes pride in its hand-made pies and use of Italian products of certified origin, particularly from Naples. The dough is pre-fermented for 48 hours before it undergoes an active fermentation process for 24 hours. Expect a classic and well-varied pizza menu offering 10-inch and 14-inch pies at Spadella, which opened last fall.
Spadella: 15280 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, 561-270-3442, SpadellaRestaurant.com
With a name inspired by the special visa earned by its founding Italian pizza chef, a franchise location of Miami’s extraordinarily popular Mister O1 pizzeria opened in Boca Raton in early March. 
Renato Viola, the southern Italian chef who founded Mister O1 Pizza, named the place for the O-1 category of U.S. visa he was granted for his “extraordinary ability” and distinction in the art of making pizza. 
What’s extraordinary is Mister O1’s thin and delicate pizza crust. It’s made with dough that begins with finely ground, double-zero Italian flour and is rested for at least 72 hours.
Aside from standard pie toppings, Mister O1 offers its trademark star-shaped pizza, which boast pockets of ricotta within each star point. The result is pizza that not only earned a “Best Pizza” in Florida distinction from Food and Wine magazine but just might be the most Instagrammable in the state.
Mister O1 Extraordinary Pizza: 555 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 5, Boca Raton, 786-677-2903, Mistero1.com

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