The Lazy Lizard Pizza Company
By Bob Canter
Posted: July 25, 2019
Looking for a good sports bar? Monticello has you covered. Check out The Lazy Lizard Pizza Company, 168 East Dogwood Street in downtown Monticello.
Join the crowd on Saturdays for FSU football game days or when the Seminoles are playing in major sports events, like the College World Series. Be sure to wear your Seminoles gear!
But don’t limit your trips to The Lazy Lizard to only FSU sports — The Lazy Lizard is worth the trip anytime you’re in the mood for a fun meal in a pub-like atmosphere.
The Lazy Lizard menu is basic, yet varied and distinctive. Offerings include your choice of five specialty pizzas, each available in three different sizes. The rest of the menu is classic pub fare with a distinct Deep South touch: Burgers, Philly Cheese Steaks, french fries, sweet potato fries, and, of course, Buffalo wings. Start off your meal with some fried pickles or fried mushrooms. A nice selection of beverages, including wine and beer, complements the food choices.
Stephanie Wolfe, the founder, is a self-described serial entrepreneur. She and her husband own and operate three businesses, two of them in Tallahassee. Stephanie was born and raised in Tallahassee with a restaurant background in her family. Her step-father had a long career as the Florida Hotel and Restaurant Commissioner, and Stephanie grew up waitressing in some of Tallahassee’s best hotels.
What brought Stephanie to Monticello? Like all good entrepreneurs, she saw an opportunity and an attractive place to do business. It didn’t take long for The Lazy Lizard to take root in that environment. “Monticello is a great city to open a business,” she says. “There is a lot of opportunity here, and overhead costs are low.”
Stephanie described the origin of that distinctive, crazy name. “One night, my husband and I were sitting out on the deck of our house, just relaxing and enjoying a drink. I spotted a small lizard nearby, basking in the evening sun, and that was it; it hit me! I said to my husband, ‘I have the name for our new restaurant.’” And so The Lazy Lizard was born.
Stephanie didn’t want to open another “me too” restaurant, and she hasn’t. It’s not just the unusual name that stands out at The Lazy Lizard.
The second Friday of each month is Biker Night at The Lazy Lizard. Don’t be alarmed — no motorcycle gangs here; the bikers are safe and non-threatening motorcyclists. Biker Nights — now a regular part of Monticello nightlife — pack Dogwood Street, which the police are happy to close off to vehicular traffic. Music from a live band fills the plaza, and outdoor seating and service are available.
Serial entrepreneurs like Stephanie just keep going…The Lazy Lizard has been so successful in Monticello, she is looking to open a second Lazy Lizard in Tallahassee!
Open Tuesday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bob Canter and his wife have been Monticello residents since 2015. Previously, Bob had a career as a public affairs executive for a Fortune 500 company and later as a Chamber of Commerce executive. You can see Bob most mornings in downtown Monticello walking Kona, a retired Racing Greyhound.