I owe all this one to a dear friend who I visited this past June in St. Petersburg, FL. I visited many friends, many amazing places, and experienced many awesome things. For that I’m grateful to everyone who welcomed me and made me feel like home. And it certainly did.
This vacation was somewhat bookended my some sight seeing in Tampa. While it’s always fun playing tourist, it’s always a pleasure when a friend looks up pizzerias in the vicinity, to try, and for the sake of this blog. If it wasn’t for my friend’s insistence this post would never see the light of day.
Thank goodness for good friends. And thank goodness for great ‘za.
As many of us do on a trip, we over indulge, we like the finer things in life, and we should always strive for those finer things. With that said, I had five massive slices.
I mean who knows when I’ll be back here? I have every intention of doing so, but still, you never know. And before you ask, no I did not eat everything. I essentially ate a little bit of each, and then some more, and then some more. And hopefully the significant amount that was saved was left for the person it was intended for. I ask and I still don’t think I remember how that turned out. Alright enough of that.
How I review is this going to be instinctive yet going with the flow as I write this. That might mean the same thing, I’m not quite sure right now.
First, let me say that the dough on these pies is tremendous. For some it stood out with much more passion than others.
Eddie & Sam’s imports water from New York to make this as authentic as it possibly can. I understand that the elements of time, space, and travel may not make this exactly New York Style. And being in another state may pay a part in that. But to be honest, I haven’t been to New York in quite some time. I forgot how their pizza tasted. I just remember some places being great, some being drab, and some everywhere in between.
We’ve all been to places that claim NY Style, only to be disappointed or accept the fact that it’s just pizza, sometimes good, but nothing memorable.
It’s been three months and I still think about these slices. A lot has to do with being a new city, an unfamiliar city, an unpredictability of where this day was going, and being around great company.
Here are the five I ordered: 1) Cheese, 2) Blanca aka White, 3) Buffalo Chicken, 4) Chicken Bacon Ranch, and 5) Lasagna. I realize now that vegetables are missing in this discussion. I must have been in the mood for some protein. This also leaves the door wide open for another visit and post sometime.
The cheese and buffalo chicken were the two main stand outs for me. And if you judge a place by its cheese, this place is doing things perfectly.
But it was the dough on the buffalo chicken that stood apart from all the other slices. And yes while they overloaded all these stunning pieces of chicken on this pie, the softness of the dough mixed in with periodic crispy bites made this comfort food to perfection.
These were my two favorite slices by far.
The lasagna was loaded with flavors but maybe I was expecting something more. While still really good, I wanted a little more wow.
The Blanca, while good, still is not what I had come to expect from a white slice. I’ve mentioned this numerous times before, and maybe I need to lower expectations. Maybe my tastes keep evolving but I don’t remember the last time a white pizza blew me away or was at least great. This came close but not quite what I was looking for.
The Chicken Bacon ranch was my least favorite of the bunch. But it does get credit for having real pieces of breaded chicken and genuine pieces of bacon. In many instances the slices served by many pizzerias will only include diced pieces of chicken and bacon bits. That’s defeatist and in a way misleading to a pizza patron. For presentation, Eddie & Sam’s get a lot of credit.
Overall, this was a wonderful, memorable, and joyous experience. Another thing, these pizza slices vary in price. I think for my five I spent around $25. It sounds pricey but an experience like this was invaluable and worth its weight in pizza, and in everything else.
And while the exterior feels welcoming yet intimidating all at once (depending on your point of view), there’s room for everyone and the staff was working hard and were extremely friendly. I sense many of the folks took pride in the pizzas they were creating, and aimed to make them the best they could possibly be.
That’s all you can ask for.
Well my friend did order this work of art. What else needs to be said?
They make over 20 slices a day, so I want to say we’re just getting started.
We’re just getting started. It’s New York Style yes, but I’d like to call this Tampa Style. Tampa now has my heart, but maybe it always did.
Let’s do this again sometime.
Take good care,