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One Foodie's Opinion on the Best Pizza in Tampa Bay.

I’ve been in Tampa for 4 years now and for the longest time, my favorite pizza place in town was New York New York Pizza in Ybor City. Being a native NJ boy, what would you expect right? Nice thin crust, large, man sized slices, flavorful sauce and appropriate amounts of cheese. Very good pie. The other great thing about NY/NY Pizza is their drunk window that I personally have stumbled up to many a time at 3am and ordered a slice. Reminds me of the good ole days back in Belmar.

About a year or so ago, Wood Fired Pizza & Wine Bar opened up in North Tampa and brought phenomenally delicious, naturally leavened, artisan pizza to Tampa. What a pleasure. Peter the owner and main pizza guy is a major foodie. For example, the guy continuously sets yeast traps in search of the most flavorful yeast strains for use in his pizza. In fact, the strain he uses now is from a particularly tasty strain he caught out on Egmont Key! He makes authentic “mozzarella di bufala” and grinds fresh San Marzanos for the sauce. You get my point…

As much as I love Wood Fired, it’s for dine in only in my opinion. Pizza like that needs to be eaten immediately. Waiting and driving it home only means the pie is dying and that would be a damn shame.

Finally, a month or so ago I was introduced to Paci’s Pizza in South Tampa. One word, WOW. These guys have NY style thin crust pizza perfected. This place has become my new favorite. Their Margherita Pizza is as close to perfect as I’ve ever had.

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  1. Welcome brother Jake!
    A bunch of us here are big fans of Wood Fire Pizza, and Peter...
    As a matter of fact I'm WAY overdue for a visit, and I've been craving a Pistachio Pizza and the Thursday night draft beer special but right now I'm trying to do the low carb thing...

    Here's another thread we had up...

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6902...

    Peace...
    ---and BTW, I'm dying to get to Paci's... I ain't never been...

    1. You are spot on, Jake. I have a weakness for all three places. All three are great, and different, and serve their purposes. Thanks for sharing.

      1. I've been a huge fan of Paci's for a while now. Superior pizza from Quality folks. I've probably posted on it here before. I was actually there a couple of hours ago. I am ashamed to say that I've not yet been to Wood Fire...but I have been convinced to get up there ASAP.

        1. Also (sorry), what do you guys think of Eddie and Sam's downtown? I work in the area and eat there a lot. I get addicted at times.

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          1. re: digyourself

            I found myself downtown at lunchtime about a month ago and I popped in to Eddie & Sam's for a couple slices while I decided what I was gonna have for lunch...

            I loved the size of the slices and I thought they were sufficiently cheesy and flavorful...
            Crust was toasty and nice...

            I'm from New Jersey and Philadelphia and I thought it was good..
            Generic and perfectly acceptable by those standards, which is a treat here...

            I wasn't disappointed by those two big ol' cheesy slices, one pepperoni, one sawrsage, but I admit I DID go in thinking it was gonna be better...
            How? I'm not sure....

            Will I go again? Absolutely...

            I then made my way to Cafe' Hey up the road where I had their 'Mi Cubano' sandwich that a few of you have talked about, and I loved it...
            That combo of a Cuban sandwich and a Vietnamese Banh Mi....

            1. re: Mild Bill

              "popped in for a couple of slices while I decided what I was goona have for lunch"!!!!!!!!!!!! You sir, are a hoot! But then what would I expect from the sole slayer of a Enormi Canrivore at Wood Fire. Now I am hungry for Wood Fire Pizza. 35 mins before they close for lunch. Got to go now.........................

              1. re: bimmertimmer

                When it comes to appetite and enthusiasm, Bill is anything but "mild"--- he of the enormi carnivore at wood fired. amazing.

          2. Great post! Why is it SO freaking hard to find decent pizza in Tampa? I tried New York New York Pizza in Ybor a couple of months ago, and thought it was some of the best I'd found in the area (I like it thin and crisp as well). Now, my OCD has kicked in and I MUST have a Paci's Pizza. Did I mention I'm trying to adhere to a low-carb diet right now? Thank you, Satan! :/

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            New York Pizza
            7800 S US Highway 17/92, Casselberry, FL 32730

            Paci's Pizza
            2307 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629

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            1. re: sweet_polly

              i've only liked 3 pizzas since i've been in Florida (can't take the NY outta the girl).
              Okay not necessarily crispy thin crust but good nonetheless:

              pizza at Dominic's on Curlew in Oldsmar. They have the crust shipped down from Jersey. "It's all in the watah". uh huh i agree.

              margherita pizza with sun dried tomatoes at the brick oven pizzaria in trinity. going down for some more tonite, with a nice glass of cabernet savignon or two...and some outta this world zeppoles for dessert...

              and thirdly, a place if i remember correctly, called marino's or marina's, on linebaugh in westchase. only the margherita pizza was fabulous, every thing else got tossed, which is pretty much the usual for me when trying a new pizza place here in sunny florida.

              we northern foodies have to pay a price for the gorgeous sunsets and lack of snow....