I have enjoyed many slices of pizza from many different places. I’ve eaten from the major pizza joints like Papa John’s, Hungry Howies, Cici’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Gumby’s, Little Caesars. I have also had the pleasure of eating pizza from places like Leonardo’s, Mancino’s, Valdiano, Satchel’s, Bob’s Your Uncle, Mellow Mushroom.
Of the large chain restaurants, I prefer not to eat at Papa John’s, Domino’s and Gumby’s. The other large chain places I like for different reasons. I like the cajun crust on the Hungry Howies pizza. I like the greasy pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Little Caesars has cheap pizza and great crazy bread. I grew up eating at Little Caesars, where you used to able to buy one pizza and get one free (Pizza!Pizza!).
The local pizza joints and smaller chains tend to have better pizza though. Some of them, like Satchel’s and Leonardo’s also have excellent salads. I used to live in Gainesville, and it being a college town, of course was loaded with pizza places. You could eat pizza from a different place everyday for two weeks. While I love pizza, I wouldn’t recommend doing that. I would recommend Satchel’s and Mellow Mushroom though. Bob’s Your Uncle had a great feta and portobello mushroom pizza, but it was in Iowa City, IA, where I lived for a few years.
If you know of a great pizza place in the Tampa, St. Pete, Lakeland area, let me know!