I don’t remember. And I also don’t remember everything that was on Deb’s Veggie from Pizza Box of St. Petersburg, FL.
That’s because it didn’t quite meet my hopeless romantically like expectations. I really wanted to like this, to the point that I was genuinely despondent that I didn’t. And per the recommendation of the cook I went with it.
You see Deb’s Veggie changes monthly with fresh peak season veggies. I was here in mid-June and assumed that this would be a perfect time as any to try some magnificent vegetables on a thin crust.
The crust was really good but maybe just bit overcooked and then undercooked in parts. I hope that makes sense. Aside from that I don’t know what happened exactly.
The vegetables included corn, peppers, tomatoes, and topped with parsley. I think. If I’m wrong I’ll stand corrected. On paper and visually this is art. Look at that pizza. This is masterfully created. And topped with that aioli usually means a winner. This is one the most gorgeous looking pies I’ve seen in sometime, I just wish it translated the same when eaten. Individually the toppings were great, but as a whole it didn’t register as anything but a pie that I tried to eat and then I forgot about it. But I didn’t forget about it enough not to write about it.
That’s because this pizzeria was introduced to me by a dear friend. I appreciate when friends send me links and videos of pizza suggestions and reasons to get excited. And believe me St. Pete has given me many reasons to be excited. I was was nostalgic before I even arrived, and even more so as nearly a month now as passed.
Yet there’s so much to love about this place, and the space. The space is small. There’s a few tables for dining in but this place encourages carry out and dining outside behavior. Whether that’s just an assumption or presumption by me is what it is. But the weather here always seems to be gorgeous and there’s so much to do outside. Being indoors for too long just seems to defeat the purpose of all this. Again, it’s just an observation but it’s what I well, observed.
In addition, all they serve is pizza. I find that so endearing, It’s a true pizza joint. And I’ll stand corrected on this one, technically they do serve a few side items, but you’ll notice those items all go on their signature pizzas.
And a signature pizza is what I will try again next time. There’s so many beautiful options that I may just chalk this one up to a misstep and nothing else. I just liked the idea of not knowing what was going on my pie. It’s the joys of being on vacation, on holiday, and on an adventure. And even though the pizza wasn’t up to par this time, I’m confident that the next time (and there will be a next time) will be a success.
The vibe of the pizzeria, the staff behind it, and the folks outside doing all kinds of fun things, make me want to come back. It makes me want to come back to a lot of places, and that makes me want to come back to St. Pete. I love this town and there’s so much more to try. And I’ll potentially have a couple more pizza places in this lovely town to review.
As much as I felt like a tourist (not really) I did feel at home too. I got used to this real quick. The laid back approach of everything surrounding this place and this town makes me so happy.
Moral of the story, I will be visiting again soon and a return to Pizza Box is on the agenda. Even though the best vacations are with no itinerary and no agenda, this’ll still be near the top of the list, that doesn’t exist.
Thanks so much.