Your Pie Tampa

October 21, 2011 2 Comments by Champagne Girl

I consider myself a pizza connoisseur and love throwing dinner parties where everyone can make their own pizza. Over the years, I have come up with some creative combinations including my son’s favorite, which is a Nutella dessert pizza with Mascarpone cheese and fresh berries.  My love for pizza is in my blood and I owe it all to my great-grandfather, Vito Guida, who was from a small town near Napoli, the birthplace of pizza. I had the pleasure of visiting Napoli about ten years ago went on a pizza tour through the ancient city. That trip was a delicious adventure and I can still taste the pizza that changed my life; a savory Bianca pizza with grilled corn, fresh basil and prosciutto. It was love at first bite!

About a month ago, I learned about a new pizzeria opening in South Tampa. This delicious concept is called “Your Pie” and the name speaks volumes. I decided to take my two children there for dinner one evening and we had a wonderful experience.

Upon walking in, my children and I were warmly greeted by the staff and asked if it was our first time dining at Your Pie. As I told them it was our first time, we were shown the pizza bar with all of the delicious toppings.  My children were given pieces of pizza dough to keep them occupied while I tried to decide what delicious pizza to create. Your Pie offers a menu of specialty pizzas such as Ischia’s Pie, The Nat, The Hippie’s Pie, Southern Heat, Thai Pie, The BBQ Chicken Pie and more.  I decided to go with Southern Heat since I was in the mood for something on the spicy side. Topped with Buffalo Chicken, jalapeno, hot sauce, Mozzerella and served with a side of your choice of Ranch or Blue Cheese, Southern Heat is an outstanding pie. My children were just as delighted with their choice of pepperoni.

*Southern Heat, taken with Instagram for iPhone

*Rocco and Gianna taken with Instagram for iPhone

A friend of mine came to join us and ordered the Thai Pie.  Of course I had to try it and it was nothing short of spectacular. Topped with Spicy Thai sauce, melted cheddar, grilled chicken, carrots, sweet corn, red onions and cilantro, the Thai Pie is an exotic combination of flavors.

 

*Thai Pie, taken with Instagram for iPhone

Our meal finished on a sweet note with gelato.  I had coconut, my daughter had strawberry and my son had pistachio, all of which were decadent and refreshing.  The three of us left Your Pie content as could be and anxious to return.

Your Pie is located at 2219 South Dale Mabry across from Plant High School.  Since opening on September 9th of this year, Your Pie has been the talk of the town. The original location was founded in 2008 in Athens, Georgia by Drew French.  After spending his honeymoon visiting his wife’s family on the island of Ischia off the coast of the Gulf of Naples, Drew become enamored of the region’s brick oven method of baking pizza.  Having been to that area of Italy myself, it is hard not to fall in love with brick oven pizza.

 

Drew followed his heart and the opening of Your Pie in Athens was a he success thanks to support from the local community and word of mouth. Today there are currently eight locations in Georgia with one opening soon in Savannah.  South Carolina has two locations and Tampa was the first location in Florida with one scheduled to open in Tallahassee.

Your Pie has won so many pizza lovers over for the simple fact that they are able to suit various dietary needs by offering gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.   With over 60 fresh toppings to choose from, there is something for everyone and you can build your own unique creation. I like to think of myself as an artist with the dough as my canvas.  Each time I go, I am inspired to try something different. As a woman with over 100 pairs of shoes, I like variety with my pizza.

 *photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

On my second visit to Your Pie, I decided to try the Ischia’s Pie which consists of roasted garlic olive oil, fresh Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic. One bite and I was singing ‘That’s Amore.”  Watching my pie being put together was just as amazing.

*photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 *photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 *photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 *photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 *photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

In my opinion, nothing goes better with pizza than beer and wine. Your Pie offers eight beers on tap, assorted bottled beers and a nice wine selection.

Aside from creating your own pie, you can also create your own soda with their Coca-Cola Freestyle® Machine. Using microdosing technology, this machine dispenses more that 100 carbonated and still beverages with the push of a button. This machine is incredible and I felt like a kid again creating different combinations such as Vanilla Diet Coke and Orange Dr. Pepper.

In addition  to pizza, Your Pie offers delicious salads and paninis. Salads include Caesar, Spinach Gorgonzola and Caprese. You can, of course, build your own salad. I tried the Spinach Gorgonzola and it was fabulous. Topped with dried cranberries, Gorgonzola, bacon and pecans, it is then drizzled with their house dressing.  It is the perfect companion to a slice of pie.

The Panini menu at Your Pie is wonderful. Meatball, Pesto Turkey, Nonno’s Italian, Elle’s Bells and Buffalo Chicken are featured on the menu. I am a pesto fanatic and their Pesto Turkey Panini is beyond delicious.

*photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 A few weeks ago, Your Pie played host to a very special guest. Shaquille O’Neil stopped by visit the new store in Tampa and signed autographs for everyone. He was such a nice guy and I was lucky to grab a quick photo with him. At 7’1″, he is 2 feet taller than me.  I felt tall in this picture since he was sitting. :)

 

 *Shaq and I, taken with Instagram for iPhone
**Shaq and the staff of Your Pie South Tampa, photo courtesy of Your Pie

If you are looking for a great place to take the family or to catch a big game, Your Pie is the perfect destination. With 5 flat screen tv’s and large booths, Your Pie is sure to please.   They are open from 11 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11-11 Friday and Saturday.  On Monday nights, kids eat free!

If you are creative like myself, be sure to check out the “What’s Your Pie?” contest at Your Pie. In this contest, you get to create your own pie, pair it with beer, wine and gelato, name your creation and then submit it to your location.  To learn more, click here.

I have a $25 gift certificate to give to a reader. To enter, simply do the following and you will get one entry per item that you complete.  Be sure to comment after you have done each item.

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