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Tampa - who sells the best Italian Sausage??

I've recently made friends with another Tampa native with roots in Ybor City and we have been trading notes on local dishes. The subject of Italian sausage came up and she asked me if I had a source for quality sausage.

Unfortunately I have been only moderately happy with sausage I've bought at Castellano and Pizzo, as well as at Cacciatore's on Armenia. In my opinion both establishments sell a good product but neither is as exceptionally good as we remember from earlier days.

Anyone know where to get a better sausage in Tampa?



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  1. Hey Tony. wish i had something better to offer. Those are the two places I rely on. Cacciatore's is disappointing in that they keep the spicy sausage frozen. when i asked why, they explained that their geriatric customer base can't stomach the spicy stuff any more, so it doesn't move.

    1. How about Surf N Turf on Tampa Rd? Barely out of Oldsmar in Palm Harbor. Over the years I have gotten great products there.

      1. Surf N Turf is a good choice. There is an Italian deli (the name escapes me now) on the east side of US 19 in the shopping center just south of the driver's license office. They have great italian sausage, both sweet (the wife likes) and spicy (my favorite). They also have a slew of other Italian goodies. If I can remember the name, I'll post it for you.

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        1. re: G8R Dan

          Thanks for the kind replies........looks like I'll have to make a drive to Palm Harbor and try Surf N Turf. Please keep the suggestions flowing!.

          1. re: tony noriega

            If you also like wine Surf N Turf has a nice selection. It's a nice family run market.

          2. re: G8R Dan

            The italian store is called Felice and it is on US 19 near the tax collector just south of curlew road. Surf and turf is good. try mazzaro's market in St pete for italian treats.

          3. How about Mazzaro's Italian Market in St. Pete?

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            1. re: aynrandgirl

              Once again, thanks for the fine suggestions. The latest one - Mazzaro's in St Pete - is enticing since I've never been. I've read on more than one posting that they have exceptional Italian specialties so I'm going to give them a try......Italian sausage is at the top of my list for my visit and I'll report back about it.

              1. re: tony noriega

                get thee to Mazarro's, Tony! One of the few things I covet about Pinellas. IOf you go on a saturday, be prepared to fight crowds.

                1. re: tony noriega

                  Hi, Tony
                  The best Italian in the area is Felice up on 19, I think right before Nebraska Ave, it's a bit of a hike. They have this really good skinny Parmesan and parsley sausage. If you don't want to drive up that way I would say in second place would be Mazzaro's.

              2. I think George's Meat Market in St. Pete has good Italian sausage.

                I particularly like their "Sicilian sausage" which is stuffed with cheese.

                George's Meat Market Inc.
                4611 Haines Rd N
                St Petersburg, FL 33714
                (727) 525-4600‎

                1. Hey Tony How you doing? I am a born and raised Tampa Italian and my roots go back to the "Old" Ybor city. My family and I make and sell our own version of Italian sauage and that has been a family tradition for over 50 years. If you would like to give ours a try, email me at (tambuzzofamilysausage@gmail.com) and we can set something up. Thanks

                  1. If you want the best scratch made italian sausage and meatballs in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond, check out Paulie O's Italian Gourmet! http://paulieositaliangourmet.com They are at local farmer's markets just about every weekend and I believe you can order from them directly if you can't make it out to a farmer's market. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

                    1. If you want some amazing sausage check out a group called sausage laboratory out of wesley chapel. They don't have a storefront as far as I know, but their website is the same sausagelaboratory.com. I stumbled onto them at the Wire Grass Farmers Market in new Tampa this w/e and sampled their stuff. It really was the best i have had in a long time and pretty original.