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.