Moving from southern CT to the Tampa area, we improved our weather situation but left behind some of the best pizza in the US. After sampling many Tampa pizza establishments, we had pretty much given up on finding a family owned pizza joint like we frequented "back home". Paci's was recommended to us by someone familiar with some of our old CT pizza places, so we had to give them a try.
Paci's has a nice pizza joint atmosphere. No frills here, a simple (but clean) place with the pizza making done right out in the open. Love to actually see the pizza dough stretching, since many FL pizza restaurants use premade shell crusts. Menu is limited to pizzas, pizza rolls, calzones and salads - exactly as it should be for a true "pizza joint'.
Pizzas only come in one size, but that size is gargantuan. Menu says it's an 18" pie but in reality it's a 24" pie. Since we always want leftovers, our party of 4 ordered a large pie (with pepperoni/mushroom) plus a meatball parmigiani roll. The meatball roll itself was enough for a meal for 2. The pizza is truly a sight to behold, the slices dwarf the paper plates you eat them off of. So, the quantity is excellent. Let's move on to the taste. The crust is definitely NY style thin with a nice chew to it. The cheese and toppings on our pie were a perfect compliment to the crust, the result is an excellent true NY style pizza taste. The meatball roll (think Stromboli) was also excellent. Nicely spiced meatballs encased in that same crust, with some of the fresh tomato sauce for dipping.
Service was also excellent, very attentive waitress.
Paci's is also a great value. Since one pie will easily feed 4, you could easily spend less here than almost any fast food joint. Although we didn't order one, the salads appeared to be enough for 2-4 people (served family style).
Our only sort of nit-picky complaint was the paper plates and plastic silverware. But if you are ready to eat your pizza like a true New Yorker, this becomes a non-issue.
We were extremely pleased with Paci's and will definitely return.
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