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Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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More in this neighborhood: Citrus Park

The name has always been associated with blood feuds and long-standing estrangements. Some New Yorkers insisted the best pie was from Lombardi's on Spring Street while others knew in their hearts it was Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge. Grimaldi's has branched out in recent years, with 27 locations around the country now, two opened in the Tampa Bay area in 2012. The Citrus Park location is lovely, with a gorgeous 4,000-square-foot dining room, familiar Frank Sinatra on the sound system and a big-league wine list. But the stars of the show are the pies, thin crust and pocked with dark bubbles from the 1200-degree coal oven that whips through 100 pounds of coal a day. Pick your size, then white, pesto or a San Marzano tomato sauce, and then your toppings (oven roasted sweet peppers, ricotta, all the traditional accouterments) — a seriously good pizza pie.

This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

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Grimaldi's Pizzeria - Citrus Park