VALRICO — If you want to try a slice from the area's newest pizza place, don't wait until the weekend. Rosati's Chicago pizza opened a couple weeks ago at 3437 Lithia Pinecrest Road and the line wrapped outside the door back to the Publix that anchors the shopping complex.
"We learned our lesson," said Whitney Tucker, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Marshall. "We turn web ordering off Friday afternoon through Sunday. There's only so many pizzas you can make."
Whitney grew up in Chicago, Marshall in Texas, and no there is no relation to the country band. The Valrico residents initially planned to open a Little Caesars but then decided to "bring good Chicago food to this area," according to Whitney.
The couple said all the local Chicago transplants, as well as residents who haven't heard of Rosati's, are pleasantly surprised with the new dining options that include signature deep dish pizza (made for you or available as take and bake), thin crust pizza, pasta, wings, sandwiches (Italian beef, meatball, chicken parm), salads and desserts (dough nuggets and cinnamon sticks).
"It's a household name up there," Marshall said. "You don't order Dominos. We expected a positive response, but had no clue it would be like this. It's overwhelming."
Whitney said the company hired 40 people and are looking to fill approximately 15 more full-time positions. She also indicated that this Rosati's is the first of five planned for Hillsborough County after establishing itself in Chicago in 1964.
Call (813) 643-1003 or order online during the week at RosatisPizza.com. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and stays open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
G. Fried Flooring finds new temporary home
After more than 17 years, the G. Fried Flooring America showroom and warehouse, which used to be adjacent to each other, have moved from East Adamo Drive.
Customers can temporarily visit the showroom at the Kmart Shopping Center located at 1516 W Brandon Blvd.
The store offers carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate and vinyl flooring.
G. Fried Flooring America is open from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. To see all the selections, visit gfriedfa.com.
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