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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Port Charlotte, Florida may not be much of a culinary hotspot, but if you're visiting, you should grab some pizza at coal-oven spot Bocca Lupo.

This white slice ($3.75) is smothered with a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and mascarpone cheese, and topped with extra virgin olive oil and basil. The addition of the mascarpone gives the pie a sweet and buttery richness.


Florida has an abudance of coal-fired pizza shops, but the pies that emerge from "the wolf" (Bocca Lupo's name for their coal oven) are closer to what you'd expect from a standard gas oven: the crust is light and thin, both crisp and chewy, but there's one thing missing: coal char.

The lack of char was a bit disappointing, but even without it, it's a satisfying slice.

Bocca Lupo

1900 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 (map)


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