Tampa Treasures: Eddie and Sam’s New York Pizza

Giant New York water pizzas at Eddie & Sam's in Tampa || Photo via Eddie & Sam's

One of the great questions in life might be, does a New York City Pizza taste better because of the water? Obviously, native New Yorkers don’t need much convincing, but scientists have also thrown their hat in the ring, and defiantly said: “kinda.”

The reason? New York City uses water from the Catskill and Delaware Watersheds, which many have called “The Champagne of Drinking Water.” Well, Eddie and Sam’s here in Tampa couldn’t make pizza without this key ingredient.


Fold here

This downtown spot has been bringing New York transplants and grateful Tampeños delicious gigantic, foldable slices since 1998, but they have been in the game since 1982. And yes, they are actually using New York water shipping down 36 cases, six gallons in a case, every three months.

As far as the pizza goes, we are not sure how much convincing you need here as these gruff pizzaiolos are not going to fancy-pants you with BBQ chicken pizzas or shishito pepper pizza – no, sir – these are classic pies that are huge, shareable and affordable.


The parking here can be kind of a bear, but Eddie and Sam’s is great for lunch when you are downtown at The Straz Center or milling about Curtis Hixon.

No Fugazi

Feel free to stop by at 203 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602 or use the mobile delivery services like DoorDash and save yourself a headache.


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