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Apr 17, 2012 07:31 AM

Thin crust pizza in Tampa (east)

Will be staying in the Riverview area several nights soon and would like to find a place that serves great thin-crust pizza somewhere within a reasonable driving distance (7-10 miles max) I know pizza is very subjective, but my basic criteria are taste, not greasy, no health department problems. Not worried about slow service or open till 1AM, etc. Thanx for any and all reccs.

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  1. Gee, no takers. Well, how 'bout this, then--good thin crust pizza ANYWHERE in Tampa (I have a car) Or if there isn't any, regular crust (like wood-fired) might be OK. I know people down there eat pizza, so what say you, 'Hounds??

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    1. re: KyMikey

      I would say Cappy's in the Winthrop plaza is the best pizza in the area by far. They have a great NY style thin crust that my hubby says is very close to being just like the NY pizza he grew up eating. Anthony's Coal Fired is our other choice. Otherwise everything out this way is a chain.

      1. re: MichMondello

        Why is it that whenever someone is looking for the best pizza in Tampa, they are always directed to a place with NY Pizza? For those of us that grew up in the Midwest, we are looking for a great thin crust pizza (like Pizza King/Sir Pizza). At this point Donato's even sounds good! NY Pizza is gross. It's oily, bad sauce, and skimpy on the cheese. Does anyone know of great (non-NY style, non Chicago style) pizza?!

    2. For an ex NYer, always searching for the pizza holy grail, the best example in the Tampa Bay area of traditional " "coal fired" " thin crust pizza is Cristinos in Clearwater.

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      1. re: byrd

        Byrd, see above post! Why is it everyone around her assumes NY style pizza is what we are looking for?!

        1. re: andyjk

          Henry's in Palm Harbor and Pauls in Clearwater "Chicago Style" thin are two places of the type you're looking for; both are menza menza and not really worth going out of the way ,,,Their intentions are good, but the execution misses the mark.

          1. re: byrd

            Thanks but (as mentioned above) I'm not looking for Chicago style either).... I'm looking for Midwest thin crust pizza, toppings and cheese to the edge. Pizza like Pizza King/Sir Pizza.

            It seems like around here it's only Ny style or Chicago style

            1. re: andyjk

              There's a place called Detroit Pizza Squared near 30th and Fowler Ave...
              It was DARN good....
              This wasn't their thin version, but they have one...
              The burnt cheese crust around the edge was signature...

              1. re: andyjk

                You could try Paul's Chicago Pizza over in Safety Harbor.

                I've never eaten there before, but their site says that they do Chicago-style thin crust pizza...

                1. re: deet13

                  Thanks for the tip on the Detroit squared. I'll check them out. As for Paul's.....again I say, I'm not looking for either NY style or Chicago style thin crust pizza. Both are terrible.

                  1. re: andyjk

                    Having grown up in Ohio I know exactly what you mean. I was very sad when Donatos closed up shop in FL (not the best, but the closest we had). There's a great local chain my old home town that will actually ship them to you if you want to pay the price (I've never been able to bring myself to do so)...


                    1. re: andyjk

                      "again I say, I'm not looking for either NY style or Chicago style thin crust pizza.
                      Both are terrible."

                      That generalization is absolutely ridiculous...
                      Is Justin Bieber ugly just because Angelina Jolie is a little prettier?

                      1. re: Mild Bill

                        Take a look at the above comments....if I'm not that blunt, the only recommendations I receive are "here's a great NY or Chicago pizza". The problem is, I'm not looking for anything close to Chicago or NY pizza.

                        1. re: andyjk

                          the original poster asked for thin crust, period. way to hijack the post.

                          1. re: andy huse

                            Yes he did....back in April. I'm assuming he no longer is on stay in Riverview. Thus, this thread has evolved.