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Offline Casanova

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Pizzerias in Tampa, FL
« on: November 19, 2005, 07:55:04 PM »
For anyone living in or visiting the Tampa, FL area, try out an Italian restaurant named Villaggio Italian Ristorante in Lutz. The owner is a guy named Giuseppe Mascali and he's originally from Sicily. His recipes are superb - as well as the hospitality - and the service is wonderful; no "hovering" wait staff, however. But that's a good thing, in my opinion. Giuseppe will occasionally make his way through the restaurant and visit your table to say hello and make sure you're being well taken care of. If he's seen you once or twice before, he'll even sit at your table for a few minutes and chitchat. You won't find many owners anywhere doing THAT! Villaggio is quite modestly priced compared to some "higher end" Italian restaurants in Tampa, yet with everything taken into account, I'd pick Giuseppe's place any day. Last but certainly not least - his pizzas are absolutely delicious!

As strict pizzerias go, Windy City Pizza, located at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway is one of the best Tampa has to offer. They offer all types of crusts and their pizza varieties seem almost endless. Frankly, I can't see anyone walking out of there unsatisfied. 

One last place I wanna tell you about is Babe's Pizza in Brandon, FL. Brandon is so close to Tampa that they're almost one and the same. Babe's doesn't open until 5 p.m., however,  is a fairly small place, and doesn't seat that many people. Consequently, you DO have to wait for a table or booth quite often, but the pizza's worth it - believe me. They make a double-decker pizza that melts in your mouth. Two or three slices of that one is all you need, especially with a pitcher of beer! And if you're new to the place and you hear a clackety-clack overhead, never fear, it's just the little locomotive train and boxcars that run on the track around the wall. Weird, but kinda novel, too......LOL Enjoy!

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Re: Pizzerias in Tampa, FL
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2020, 07:09:22 PM »
Man I miss Windy City! Maybe itís just nostalgia speaking but even after living in NYC for the better part of a decade and having tried some of the most famous pizzas in places like Chicago, Buffalo, and Boston, Iíd still put Windy City up there with the best of them.

Thereís a new place in Tampa called Thomas Pís that apparently got their pizza recipes from the guy who owned Windy City. Unfortunately pizza is only a small portion of their menu so the selections are limited (theyíre only doing thin crust and I mostly had WCís pan-style growing up), but the sauce instantly took me back to my childhood. Their wings are excellent as well. Definitely worth checking out for anyone living in or visiting the Tampa Bay area.

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Re: Pizzerias in Tampa, FL
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 08:11:11 PM »
Long time member PfTaylor still making good pies in Tampa.

Inspiring and patriotic. Thank you for posting this. Maybe you should put it in Pizza News section too where more forum members may see it. Or Shop Talk.
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