Bringing new meaning to the concept of the hole in the wall, O’Zone Pizza Pub departs from your typical dive experience by bringing you to the basement of a seriously creepy-looking former hospital. Rumor has it, this basement attracts its fair share of ghosts. Not everyone is gutsy enough to check it out, but many visitors are more than eager to track down these apparitions.
The historic hospital setting makes O’Zone an enticing option for an extra quirky date night. After you’ve enjoyed a beer or two (and, of course, your fair share of pizza), you may be ready to explore the remainder of the facility. It’s open to the public, so feel free to examine the many display cases. These are chock-full of curiosities, such as historic medical equipment.
The hospital environment alone easily sets O’Zone apart, but this would be memorable even if it happened to be housed in an ordinary building. The pizza itself draws attention with its Roman-style crust, which isn’t quite like the other varieties you’ll find around Pensacola. Made daily, this unique dough doesn’t quite qualify as hand-tossed but isn’t exactly a thin crust either. Rather, it lies somewhere in between, creating a type of crust you didn’t know you needed — but will instantly find enticing.
Build-your-own pies are available, although many visitors prefer to try the various signature options available on the menu. A few options for visitors with dietary restrictions are available, although the gluten-free crust is only optional for a small pie. A variety of veggie-oriented toppings are offered, as is vegan cheese.
Regardless of your personal preferences or dietary needs, O’Zone’s delicious pizzas taste even better when paired with a craft beer or house cocktail. Many visitors appreciate the available twenty-ounce pours, although several craft options are available as bottles.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
East Hill Hummus
Get your O’Zone experience off to the perfect start with this wonderful appetizer, which features homemade hummus topped with diced tomatoes and feta cheese. Better yet, you can dip the hummus with flatbread fresh from the oven.
Salad might not seem all that exciting when you’re visiting an iconic pizzeria, but there’s something to be said for this citrus-marinated option. It’s loaded with carrots and beets, plus topped with pecans. Shaved radishes and goat cheese crumbles are also included. Enjoy with a local honey vinaigrette, which adds just a touch of sweetness.
If you constantly crave barbecue sauce, you’re in luck — the BBQ pizza at O’Zone is downright exquisite. Featuring a delectable sauce and a cheddar cheese blend, it comes generously topped with roasted chicken, bacon, red onions, and green peppers. It’s also drizzled with honey. If you want an extra kick, you’re welcome to try this pizza with cream cheese and jalapenos.
This appropriately-named pizza is ideal for anybody who wants as many meat toppings as possible. Highlights include pepperoni, Italian sausage, smoked bacon, and sliced homemade meatballs.
Simple is sometimes best, as evidenced by this straightforward, yet delicious pie. It ditches the typical red sauce and is instead brushed with herb-infused olive oil, plus roasted garlic.
Challenge yourself to a meal among ghosts at O’Zone Pizza Pub. If you want a side of historic hospital exploration with your pizza and beer, this is the place to go. Of course, you’ll never regret indulging in tasty pizza or chatting with the eclectic folks who frequent this literal haunt.
-O’Zone occasionally closes during holidays or as a result of staffing issues. To keep up with the restaurant’s evolving schedule, check-in on its Facebook page. There, you’ll find relevant updates if the pizzeria will be closed in the near future.
-While many floors of the hospital are open for exploration, some are blocked off. Do not attempt to access these areas, as they are incredibly dangerous — and trespassing could result in the authorities being called.