2117 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33629
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Cash only
Alcohol: No alcohol
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
The scoop: Cesare Bastone has been doing a few things well for 32 years. In a bare-bones Tampa storefront, Cesare's specializes in a white, extra-cheese pizza with organic spinach and deliciously ripe roma tomatoes that Cesare picks himself in Manatee County. The pie: His textbook pie is a thick-crusted 18-incher, heavy with cheese and apt to saturate your paper plate pronto. Add eggplant to this baby and it's a staggering $40. If you're lucky, Cesare zips out and asks how you like your pie (say crisp). Note the "absolutely, positively no other combinations" admonition. Specialties: You'll find those luscious tomatoes on the Greek or tossed salad, both good foils for the weighty pie. Prices: Pizzas, $12 to $40, slices $3 to $7. No credit cards, no checks. Takeout or dine in? With a handful of tables, no beer or wine and not much ambiance, eating in is the way to go for eavesdropping on Cesare and staff. No delivery.