Tampa Pizza Joints Rock New York Style and Exotic Toppings

One of the classic immigrant populations of Tampa are the Italians. They originally came to work in the cigar factories of Ybor City. They brought with them their ideas, their culture, and especially their cuisine. However, it wasn't until another transplant population, New Yorkers, started putting down roots here 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.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers


Tampa's Mellow Mushroom offers three area locations if you can't make it to this Brandon location. As the originators of the "classic southern pizza," don't be put off by the hippie vibe at this pizza joint. The pies are serious, even if the...  Read More



New York New York Pizza is perfectly located in the heart of the Ybor City entertainment district. A very popular spot to grab a late night slice after hitting the clubs. For those on their way home there is a convenient walk-up window. They...  Read More



What is notable about Precinct Pizza isn't necessarily the pie (which is great in itself), but the story behind it. A New York paramedic, after coming down with post-9/11 respiratory problems, decided to move down to Tampa and open a realistic...  Read More



As you would expect from a place named after a famous Italian sculptor, Bernini is going for the classical vibe. Fine art and decorative columns may fill the space, but what we're really interested in is the gourmet food. Dishes include black...  Read More



This is the most inventive pizza place in town. That's not to say that Gourmet Pizza is supremely expensive, you need reservations, or there is a dress code to adhere to, only that the pizza you get is both interesting and superior. There is an...  Read More

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza


Anthony's Coal fired Pizza is located in Tampa's Carrollwood neighborhood, north of downtown. This hidden gem, with its winning combination of top-quality ingredients, authentic 800 degree coal-burning ovens and personalized service, stands...  Read More

Bella's Italian Cafe
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers


Bella's has been a favorite of locals in South Tampa for over three decades. Featuring home-cooked flavors, everything is prepared from scratch here including their pizza dough and pasta. Diners return often to tuck into the delicious wood-fired...  Read More

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Photo courtesy of Pizzaiolo Bavaro


Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria is built around an authentic Neapolitan wood-fired brick oven for the most complete pizza experience possible. Its location in the middle of downtown Tampa makes it a popular stop for both office workers...  Read More

South Tampa
Cappys Pizzeria


Cappy's is a very popular, award winning Tampa-based pizza chain. There are five area locations, but the South Tampa location is the original and still the fan favorite. Cappy's is dedicated to pizza which is pretty much the only thing on the...  Read More



For some people, an authentic New York pizza experience requires a hole-in-the-wall setting. If you are one of those people, Eddie & Sam's is for you. The ingredients, including water shipped down from New York for the dough, only add to the...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye