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Lillian’s Pan Pizza

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Lillian's Pan Pizza: Stop By This Perdido Key Staple For Your Favorite Italian Dishes
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

An iconic establishment with a storied history in Perdido Key, Lillian's Pan Pizza serves a variety of Italian specialties, as well as unique recipes with a local twist. Stop by to discover the restaurant's fresh flavors and enjoy its family-friendly atmosphere.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

A Perdido Key legend, Lillian’s Pan Pizza has earned not only the praise of countless locals and tourists, but also awards from a variety of magazines and other sources. From a distinguished spot in Pizza Today Magazine to the Award of Culinary Excellence, it’s clear that this restaurant’s fan base extends far beyond the Pensacola area.

One bite of the delectable pizza served at Lillian’s, and you’ll instantly realize why it inspires so much passion in pizza lovers from near and far. Freshness is guaranteed, as Lillian makes the pizza dough by hand every morning. This emphasis on quality extends to the toppings, which are decidedly delicious.

An explosion of flavors can be found not only in the pizzas, but also in Italian specialties such as stromboli, calzones, and lasagna. Several of the recipes feature Pensacola flair, complete with seafood ingredients and unique spices or sauces.

There’s more to the Lillian’s experience than the food. The restaurant may not be particularly fancy, but it holds plenty of family-friendly appeal while still managing to keep adult visitors happy on date night. Table seating dominates, so you might be disappointed if you typically prefer to sit in a booth.

As you wait for your order, feel free to draw pictures on the vast chalkboard. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to grab a drink from the bar. Regulars tend to gravitate towards a milkshake-style drink known as the Bushwhacker. The Land Shark Margarita is also a hit.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Antipasto Salad
Pizza may be a big deal at Lillian’s, but the menu also includes a few salads worth trying. This option is arguably the most enticing, as it comes loaded with olives, romaine, tomato, pepperoncini, croutons, and parmesan. Add Italian dressing and generous servings of Genoa salami and ham, and you have the makings of the perfect salad.

Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks
These delicious breadsticks form a wonderful precursor to a meal at Lillian’s, but there’s a definite risk to ordering: you might fill up on the addicting breadsticks before you even get a chance to indulge in pizza. Still, that’s a risk many visitors are all too happy to take.

Chicken Ranch Pizza
This mouthwatering pizza is sure to please with its generous toppings of grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes, garlic, and onion. It also includes a delectable ranch sauce and two types of cheese. 

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There’s no need to compromise on the quality of your pizza if you’re a vegetarian. Lillian’s offers an extensive range of meat-free options, but this is one of the most intriguing. It features artichoke hearts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Pesto Calzone
Calzones can be just as satisfying as pizza, as you’ll quickly realize when sampling this memorable menu item. Begin your order by choosing between chicken and sautéed shrimp. Both are delicious, but the shrimp delivers local flair to your calzone. Either way, you’ll also encounter tomatoes, mushrooms, ricotta, and mozzarella, plus marinara on the side.

If you’re on the hunt for an inventive pizza that captures all the best qualities of classic recipes, look no further than Lillian’s Pan Pizza. Whether you eat your fill of pizza, pasta, salad, or breadsticks, you’ll thank yourself for taking the time to discover why, exactly, this Perdido Key favorite deserves all the praise it has received over the years.

Insider Tips:
– While the Lillian’s experience is best enjoyed onsite, you’re also welcome to order online. The restaurant even has its own app. Signing up can be a bit of a hassle for one-time visitors, but proves a boon for regulars who desire easy access to their favorite pizzas. If you’re in a hurry, feel free to complete a guest order online for delivery or carryout.
– Limited outside seating is available, so don’t hesitate to request a spot on the deck if the weather cooperates.