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PUNTA GORDA -- "Monty's" PIZZA -- dee-licious!!

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This place Monty's has a fantastic pizza and stromboli!

Monty's Restaurant & Pizzeria

2310 Tamiami Trl
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 575-9565‎
(941) 637-0008‎

the monty's "special" pizza is *loaded*, and the italian sausage is delicious.

the stromboli is likewise so moist, tasty, and stuffed! i can't recall which fillings my brother-in-law got this last time. **
**[edit: here it is from my sister:

"Here you go…

Mushrooms
Onions
Pepperoni
Sausage

That’s how I can remember the original
Monty’s Stromboli….actually you can
order any combination of ingredients,
but MOPS is our favorite.

Love ya’
The Babs"]
I thought it had mozzarella cheese, too. maybe that is a given with any stromboli?

i'm a pizza fanatic, and i liked the stromboli even better!!!

we've been going to monty's for years, even before hurricane charley destroyed their old location. their new-ish place (i.e., post-charley) is better-than-ever.

it is worth a trip from n. ft. myers, where i visit my family a few times a year.

get thyself to monty's, and thank me later! ;-).

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  1. Sounds good. What kind of crust do they have?

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    1. re: Suzie

      it is a nice yeasty, chewy crust, not too thick (it is good when i'm happy to munch on just the crusts, like here). good, straightforward pizza-dough flavor.

      not "coal-" or "fire-roasted" as far as i know, but it is very good.

      1. re: alkapal

        sounds even better. I will try it out.

        1. re: Suzie

          suzie, i'm anxious for you to try them! let us know how it goes.....

    2. Just a Thank you.....

      I am the original owner for 22 years of Montys pre hurricane Charley...I had sold it and they had reopened in the new location....I it bought it back in late 07', got back in town in 08' and have been working there full time since July 08'....putting all those recipes and favorites back in place, just like the OLD place...thats why I renamed it OLD Montys...

      Its nice to hear that the endless hours I have put in and hard work is appreciated and enjoyed.....Thank you again....Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: ebab

        ebab, it's very cool to hear from you!!! my brother-in-law is melvin williams -- he's the one who discovered your place (for us) years ago.

        i'm so glad you bought it back -- cause when it first reopened, i thought the quality was not up to par. now i know *why*! now, as i said, it's better than *ever*.

        keep up the great work! and best wishes for continued success.

        ps, do you make your own italian sausage there? it is good.
        and the stromboli, my sister and brother in law wish you'd bring back the large. i love the ratio of crust/dough to filling. it is perfect -- not too thick on the crust, so it is nice and *crusty* without being hard (it's still tender). LOVELY!!!

        1. re: alkapal

          I probably know your brother-in-law by face....I just have met so many customers through the years it's hard to remember the names.

          As to the sausage...I can't give up all my secrets!...lol...It is homemade, but I can't take the credit for that. It is the one I used for over 20 years at the old location.

          Take care for now and Thanks again.

          ebab

          1. re: ebab

            ebab, what about a return of the large stromboli? ;-).

            1. re: alkapal

              At the old location we only had the one size. There were times customers, when in a big party, would ask if we would make a larger one as an appetizer. Of course we accommodated them as long as they didn't mind to wait, it takes longer to cook. The large stromboli was really something that was started at the new location prior to me coming back. When I put the original menu back in place from the old location I accessed all of the menu items.....Thank goodness for Point of Sales Computers!!...lol....I found it really wasn't a big seller. Most people would actually come in and split the original one. So there you have it....Monty's history of the stromboli....lol.....and of course now we still accommodate our customers requests when possible and to the best of all our efforts on all our dishes....

              Take care
              ebab

              1. re: ebab

                thanks! best wishes. i hope you get more and more business, because you deserve it. the quality is great.

        2. re: ebab

          ebab, I'm sure you are very proud of your restaurant however I believe the first Monty's Pizza was the one in Clearwater. It started out as a deli around '84 or '85 and then the owner's decided to turn it into a pizza joint. It did very well and they opened a second in Pinellas Park and later a 3rd and 4th in Ft. Myers. I used to work there and when they sold the restaurant in Clearwater they sold the name and their recipes but it was never the same

          -----
          Old Monty's Restaurant & Pizzeria
          2310 Tamiami Trail Unit 3101 (Punta Gorda Crossings Shopping Center), Punta Gorda, FL 33950

          1. re: louieB

            i'm sure there are other people named monty who have pizza places, no? maybe it was from the monty's in clearwater. i was introduced to monty's in punta gorda many years ago by my brother in law. it was on 41 south of punta gorda, really. charley destroyed the building. in any event, and wherever the name comes from, the stromboli and pizza at the punta gorda monty's (new location) are terrific. every trip down to fort myers, i have to go to monty's.

            i just returned from fort myers, and the stromboli i had last week from monty's was the best ever. the dough wasn't too thick, there was no "air pocket," and the ingredients were plentiful and so fresh. dang -- i wish i could get them fed-x! (now that's an idea!!!).

            where were the monty's in fort myers? i grew up there and don't recall the name. (and i still don't know of a great pizza place in fort myers!).

            1. re: alkapal

              The 3rd restaurant was in Metro Mall and the 4th was actually in Cape Coral called Monk's. I not sure the Clearwater one is still around but that was the first location. Monty's isn't that common, but I wanted to know if they were the original owners from Clearwater, since EBAB mentioned he was the owner for the last 22 years... it's really a matter of whether or not this guy is taking credit for the actual original Monty's.

              1. re: louieB

                i don't think he is claiming any lineage from the clearwater chain. because, until you mentioned it in this connection, i'd never heard of the clearwater monty's chain, nor monk's in the cape.

                what did the restaurant look like in metro mall? i didn't frequent metro mall very often. was it a sit down place or more of a fast food place?

        3. it's as good as ever. here's a menu online. http://www.menuism.com/links/show/cy9...

          we love the "monty's special" pizza.

          1. a couple of weeks ago, i had their "stuffed" pizza with spinach -- a lunch special. it has a very thin crust on top, and the filling is really tasty with the spinach and ricotta. they heat it especially for you, so it is very hot when it gets to the table. boy it was terrific! their lunch specials are a great value. i think the stuffed pizza --- one of two versions --- is available each weekday.

            i also got a takeout stromboli and large pizza, as i was going to be staying at my sister's house for a while, and wanted a reliable source of delicious food for my breakfasts and lunches! ;-). i did share, and my brother in law acknowledged that it was a very good pizza (high praise from a cool cucumber).

            if you look up the restaurant, it is called "old monty's." here is their site: http://www.oldmontys.com/

            ~~~~~~~~
            if i lived nearby so that i could eat there any time, i'd look like a blimp!

            1. hey CHOW TEAM! the MAP is wrong and the info is not for the correct monty's. the monty's i review iin this post/thread is in PUNTA GORDA. please fix your site. i could find no way to remove the "clearwater" monty's.....

              1. I found myself in Punta Gorda a couple of weeks ago, and remembering the raves about Monty's, I decided to pick up a pie and a stromboli to take home.

                Maybe I caught them on a bad night, or maybe the place has gone downhill, but I wasn't impressed. I went with my standby pizza - pepperoni and mushroom. The crust and sauce were good, the cheese and pepperoni unremarkable, but the mushrooms were rubbery and waterlogged, I'm almost certain they were canned. Using canned mushrooms on a pizza is a cardinal sin in my book, and for the rest of it, it wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as Birdie's, Grimaldi's, Down Town House of Pizza, Evan's, or any number of other options available in Fort Myers.

                As for the Stromboli - I will attest that it was packed with stuff, but it wasn't really a traditional stromboli. The dough is thinner and sort of shiny and delicate, not the thick crusty chewy dough that I associate with a great stromboli. I can see how some people might find the Monty's style of stromboli appealing, and there are other places that do it the same way, it just isn't my personal preference.

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                1. re: TuteTibiImperes

                  i can't imagine why in the world they'd use CANNED mushrooms. (i'm not disputing your observation). i'd call and complain. ---> CONTACT US
                  Email us here at montys@oldmontys.com or call
                  (941) 637-0008 http://www.oldmontys.com/page14.php

                  did you re-heat the pizza, or eat it as it was when you got home from punta gorda (not that would make a difference re mushrooms, but would make a difference as to the crust and overall quality to some extent)? you didn't like the mozzarella on the pizza and in the stromboli? hmmm. i don't know, but i haven't been there in almost a year. their cheese has always been excellent quality.

                  as to the stromboli, yes the stromboli is more delicate than some but not all others i've had. for me, if i want bigger crust, i'll go for a calzone (but i know calzone is different in the way it comes out == but it is puffier and crustier than i typically like, with "air" inside).

                  one of monty's best toppings is their locally made sausage.

                  give the place another try; go at weekday lunch and try the stuffed pizza. i hope they are reading this thread. ;-).

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I didn't reheat, but it was still hot when I got back. I didn't dislike the mozerella, but it didn't strike me as anything different from typical pizza cheese. Mediocre pizza is still usually pretty good, so I didn't feel ripped off or anything, but maybe I was just hoping for more after reading the hype.

                    Maybe my definitions of Calzone and Stromboli differ from yours as well. There appears to be different understandings of the terms in different regions. To me, a Calzone is a folded over pizza with no sauce inside and usually some ricotta along with the mozzarella, while a Stromboli is a folded over pizza with sauce and meat/vegetable fillings as well, usually without ricotta. Besides a stromboli usually being larger than a calzone, I've never expected different types of dough.

                    1. re: TuteTibiImperes

                      yes, one thing is for sure here…we definitely have different understandings. in my experience, calzone is larger than stromboli, and is a crescent shape while strombli is more a roll, or lesser crescent. LOL! http://www.smartkitchen.com/blog/stro...

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calzone

                      do you think the dough they used for you stromboli was different than the dough for your pizza? i never thought so, but i'm not in their kitchen. but i have eaten several of each. in any event, your expectations were not met, but that is often how things go. cheers!

                      my biggest concern that you wrote was the canned mushrooms. as i said, i find it hard to think monty's would do that. but i wasn't there. i am following up.

                2. may 2013 -- still as good as ever, but i think i preferred the pizza this time. (over stromboli). http://www.oldmontys.com/page5.php

                  they are rebuilding back at old location, with groundbreaking last april 2013.