One of the classic immigrant populations of Tampa are the Italians. They originally came from Italy to work in the cigar factories in Ybor City. They brought with them their ideas, their culture, and especially their cuisine. However, it wasn't until another transplant population, the New Yorkers, started putting down roots in the bay area that Tampa started really making excellent pies.
Because the New Yorkers had a head start, many of our most popular pizza joints use the New York style crust. A classic example is Eddie & Sam's located in the heart of downtown. At this casual, hole-in-the-wall they take their pizza very seriously. How seriously? Seriously enough to import water from New York City!
New York doesn't have the market cornered when it comes to pizza in Tampa though. There are still some Chicago transplants making their famous deep dish pies around town. One notable spot is Cappy's which has been voted best pizza in Tampa many, many times by local media.
So if you're one of those people who judge the quality of a place by the quality of their pizza, you will find Tampa to be a place of very high quality and leave feeling happy and full.