Captiva Pizza opens in Celebration Center
Captiva has many restaurants, almost all of them award-winning, that feature all sorts of cuisine – from plain old hamburgers to upscale, gourmet delights.
But Captiva business-owner Sandy Silverglide thought there was something missing – pizza!
“Really, there’s no place on the island to get pizza except for South Seas – but you have to be staying at the resort,” said Silverglide, who also owns such favorite island eateries as R.C. Otters, Cantina Captiva, Sunshine Seafood Cafe and The Key Lime Bistro.
Last summer, she got an idea to open an island-style pizzeria in the heart of the village and, a couple of weeks ago, Captiva Pizza made its official debut.
Captiva Pizza, located on the second floor of the Celebration Center on Andy Rosse Lane, is a bright, cheery space featuring hand-painted wall art by retail manager Pamela Runge and a plethora of goodies – but not just of the edible variety.
After patrons place their order, they can browse among Captiva Pizza’s myriad merchandise.
“We have handcarved and handwoven bags from Bali, a new line of perfume called ‘Captiva Island,’ toys, candles and shells. It’s just a menagerie of everything,” Silverglide said, noting that one of her favorite products is a book of photographs by Alan Maltz.
Though, if you’ve got a craving for pizza and don’t exactly feel like trekking down to the village, Silverglide has some good news.
“We will deliver to your house, which is going to be really nice for people staying or living on the island that don’t want to go out.”
But the main focus of the store is, of course, the pizza. Whether you want a whole pie or by the slice, Captiva Pizza serves up a variety of unique selections.
Specialty pizzas include “The Jaws” (a “Great White” pizza with ricotta, fresh basil and tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella), “Man Over Board” (sausage, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, green pepper and black olive), “Shrimper’s Delight” (baby shrimp, fresh basil and pesto sauce) and “The Aloha Pie” (ham, pineapple and mozzarella).
If you’d rather invent your own Italian masterpiece, you can choose from three sauces (marinara, white or pesto), three kinds of cheese (feta, mozzarella or parmesan), all natural toppings (including bell peppers, tomatoes, onion, artichokes, mushrooms, black olives and spinach) and meats (anchovies, ham, chicken, Italian sausage, shrimp, pepperoni, bacon and freshly sliced meatballs).
But Captiva Pizza doesn’t just serve pizza.
“We also have organic salads, we’re very excited about that, and have frozen yogurt with all the toppings,” Silverglide said.
A wide range of specialty salads include Caesar, Greek, house, antipasto, Asian and the Captiva Salad – baby shrimp over fresh chopped spinach, roasted red bell peppers, almonds and chopped bacon, served with homemade honey mustard dressing – and the option of creating your own salad from a variety of toppings.
The menu also features Queenie’s frozen yogurt and toppings like pineapple, granola, walnuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, craisins, and Reece’s Pieces.
And if frozen yogurt isn’t quite enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, Captiva Pizza also houses an old-fashioned candy store.
So far, beverages such as Vitamin Water and Coke and SoBe products will be available, but that list is set to expand in the future.
“Late at night, when the Island Store closes, there is no place to by liquor to take home so we’ll also be getting a beer and wine license soon,” Silverglide said.
Captiva Pizza, 11513 Andy Rosse Lane, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
To place an order, call 395-0823 or visit www.captivapizza.com.