Tampa’s Deck Pizza started a fresh chapter a few weeks ago at 2202 W Platt St., the same spot where it initially debuted in 2004.
Original founder Scott Quinn, who goes by his middle name Ryan, has teamed up with partners Al Rogers and Hank Brown to reopen the pizzeria just off the SoHo strip at the urging of the community.
“We had a lot of neighbors that kept asking to bring it back,” Quinn said.
According to Quinn, the first Deck Pizza was around for more than 10 years until the late hours, and other businesses he had at the time, including a body shop and the now-defunct Bungalow, became too much to juggle with a family. (A different pizza place, Platts Pizza Pub, moved into the space in 2015 for a short while after that.)
Back in the day, regulars frequented Deck Pizza for one item in particular, which remains on the menu.
“It was definitely for the pizza — hand-tossed, New Jersey-style. People loved it,” Quinn said. “We use all fresh ingredients.”
Calzones, stromboli and salads accompany the lineup of thin-crust pies you order at the takeout window. Pasta and grinders will soon be added, as well as beer and wine.
The pizzeria features high-top tables and a wrap-around rail with bar stools. Games and more laid-back seating options like couches are planned for the AstroTurf out front.
On top of feeding Bar Hwrd, the recently launched hangout next door that Quinn, Rogers and Brown are also partners in, Deck Pizza is set to tap into delivery. The service will begin in the next 30 days.
(813) 375-0753. deck-pizza.com.