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dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 08:36 AM

We've been trying to find a good (non-chain) pizza place in the Tampa/St. Pete area. Any ideas?

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    payochi RE: dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 09:42 AM

    Well not sure if u are in the area, but Babe's Pizza in brandon is great. I love their double decker. and the day after its even better.

    1. Mild Bill RE: dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 03:45 PM

      I don't know about 'best' but Cesare's in South Tampa on Dale Mabry Highway takes a lot of pride in their product...
      Good ingredients and a toasty crust...
      They offer a bunch of interesting variations and are real nice folks...
      My only little complaint is that they've seemed to get offended when I've asked for extra cheese... Something I just do automatically...
      Their response has been "try it the way he (Cesare--the old man) makes it, then tell me"...
      Well, it was good! --- but it coulda used more cheese...
      Especially since it's good Mootzarell!
      They had a popular place in NY for years and then came down here...

      1. donh RE: dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 03:49 PM

        Coming from New York my absolute favorite is Eddie and Sam's in downtown Tampa. They claim to ship their water in from New York. It's a little pricey but very very good. I'm sorry I don't remember the name but in downtown Clearwater on Fort Harrison there is another good place.

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          rshally RE: dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 03:51 PM

          From a Long Islander, my fav pizza is Eddie and Sam's downtown Tampa, Cappy's NY Style in South Tampa, and East Coast Pizza in Apollo Beach.

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            Little T. RE: dmfnole Jul 30, 2007 05:57 PM

            If you find yourself in the Clearwater area, be sure to stop into Bros Pizzeria. Great NY style crust as well as a thicker Sicilian crust.

            547 S Fort Harrison Avenue
            Clearwater, FL 33756-5316
            (727) 441-6025

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              Little T. RE: Little T. Aug 22, 2007 08:43 PM

              I forgot to add, Bros garlic knots are addictively good.

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              beccaboo RE: maria99 Jul 31, 2007 12:43 PM

              where is Alfonso's in Lutz,please? We have a home in Land O Lakes and we're back there often. Still looking for great pizza. Thanks

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                Robert R RE: beccaboo Jul 31, 2007 09:47 PM

                I have four favorite pizza places:
                1. Michele's Chicago Pizza 11540 Walsingham Rd Largo, FL 727-319-8000.
                She has four styles of Chicago Pizza. There is a thin crust, thick crust (which is only the third thickest crust), Pizza in the Pan, which is similar to a Gino's Chicago Pie, and Stuffed Pizza, the thickest and similar in style to a Giordano's pie.
                2. Charlie and Millie's 10953 Seminole Blvd Largo, FL 727-391-5661.
                The polar opposite of a Chicago stuffed crust pizza, Charlie and Millie's might be the thinnest crust ever. Good cheese and sauce on a wispy crispy crust.
                3. Campanella's Restaurant 7420 49th St N Pinellas Park, FL 727-545-3106. This is a full service Italian restaurant. They make great pizza. A medium thickness of crust. Lots of cheese and toppings. This reminds me of the classic pizzeria pizza I grew up eating in upstate NY. A tasty crust with some snap. Nice big slices.
                4. Roma Village Pizza 9385 Bay Pines Blvd St Pete 727-398-9998. Also a medium thickness of crust. A very savory sauce. Lots of toppings. They make some nice wings, too. Their pizza goes down real easy. It's the type of pizza you can't stop eating once you start.

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                  Check Please RE: Robert R Aug 2, 2007 11:08 AM

                  I am glad that you mentioned the Roma Village Pizza. I live really close to there and when we tried it a couple of years ago it was not really that great. So I will have to try it again. Charlie and Millies is our fave.
                  We also like Dal Italia on 22nd ave and 4th street in St Pete.
                  We used to like Mario's in the Wal Mart shopping center on Tyrone, but the quality has gone downhill. I don't understand why pizza places skimp on the quality of the cheese. To me that makes all the difference between a so-so pie and a great pie.

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                  srcusa RE: beccaboo Aug 1, 2007 06:54 AM

                  Alfonso's is at 14942 N Florida Avenue. Closest thing to Jersey pizza we've found in our 20 years down here. Keep in mind they're closed on Sunday.

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                    dmfnole RE: srcusa Aug 1, 2007 10:32 AM

                    Thanks for all of the great suggestions!

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                      thakrza RE: dmfnole Aug 3, 2007 12:03 PM

                      Cappy's is FANTASTIC and has really good atmosphere. I believe they do a thick and a thin crust. I am not gonna get into to the NY vs CHI argument as they aren't doing either in my opinion, but what they do is great. Their Greek Salad is good too.

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                        travelnfood RE: thakrza Aug 3, 2007 12:23 PM

                        ditto on cappy's. breadsticks and cheesebread are both wonderful too.

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                  coloradosmom RE: dmfnole Aug 11, 2007 05:35 PM

                  Italian Mia on 62nd avenue and 9th street in the winn dixie plaza. Its been there for at least 30 years and is awesome. The bruschetta is especially good. they are closed on sundays and (i think)mondays

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                    EmmaToo RE: coloradosmom Aug 11, 2007 09:13 PM

                    I really enjoyed the novelty associated with Cappy's pizza and thought the crust was unique and had a good texture. The sauce, however, I found to be very bland. Perhaps a bad batch, I'm not sure. I will have to go again.

                    Also, if anyone has tried Cristino's in Clearwater I'm interested to hear how it is. It's a little too out of the way from where I live.

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                    pizzafan99 RE: dmfnole Aug 14, 2007 04:29 PM

                    Gourmet Pizza Company in Hyde Park on Armenia Ave is our very favorite and we have lived in Tampa all our lives. I can't speak for St. Pete, but in Tampa this place is a slice of heaven. Check their website out at www.gourmetpizza-company.com.

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                      srcusa RE: pizzafan99 Aug 23, 2007 07:10 AM

                      Can certainly agree that Gourmet Pizza Company is great at what they do - which is living up to their name. That said, it's not pizza to a purest. A simple cheese pizza is the best test of a pizzeria and here in the Bay area there is a dirth of the pure neapolitan pizzerias.

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                      Fred12582 RE: dmfnole Aug 30, 2007 12:32 PM

                      Rob from Brooklyn, NY.... So far the best pizza I have found that is not a chain would have to be East Coast Pizza in Riverview. True New York style. They even have garlic nots and Pinwheels, like back home. Highly reccomend. Check out at Eastcoastpizza.com.

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