Four months ago, brothers Tommy and Kevin Gaugheron picked up their lives and moved all the way from their hometown of Lyon, France, to open a pizza place right here in Tampa.
Tampiz, near the University of Tampa, offers handmade pizzas, salads, bruschetta, French pastries and desserts.
"Our parents visited Washington, D.C., and said, 'We love this country,' " said Tommy, 25. "They said 'let's move together here and open a business'."
While their parents opened a chocolate franchise in St. Petersburg, Tommy and Kevin, 22, decided to open a pizza place.
They visited in July, purchased the location at 113 S Hyde Park Ave. and officially opened one month ago.
"We liked this location and thought it would be perfect, especially with all the students and people from downtown," Tommy said. "But anyone can come."
Tommy and Kevin do all the cooking, preparing dough daily, as well as a French tomato sauce.
"Every week I change the menu and add two new French pastries," Tommy said. "So it will never be exactly the same."
Guests won't be greeted with typical American-style pizza. They will indulge in thin crust dough topped with fresh vegetables including options such as grilled eggplant or caramelized onion.
For more information, visit facebook.com/tampizfl.
Times staff writer Arielle Waldman
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