Palazzo Pizza opens in long-abandoned South Tampa building

Weekend Hyde Park Cafe specials until 4 a.m. for the club kids.

click to enlarge Palazzo Pizza opens in long-abandoned South Tampa building

South Tampa got another carb-lover option when Palazzo Pizza opened on Platt Street Thursday within a building that’s been abandoned for the better part of a decade.

According to a press release, the restaurant takes “inspiration from Boston and Italy” which include Boston’s North End-style meatballs, a Tampa Italian salad, and a Cinnamon Toast Crunch dessert.

Customers can choose from dine-in, takeout or delivery options. Slices are only available as “Late Night Hyde Park Cafe Specials” after 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. in honor of Palazzo’s nightclub neighbor. 

Palazzo—located at 1818 W. Platt St.—celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with Mayor Jane Castor and a “Pizzarilla” celebration last Thursday, a tribute to Gasparilla which was originally scheduled for this weekend but has been pushed back to April because of COVID-19. Palazzo also made food and monetary donations to Trinity Cafe that day.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Volpe Hospitality Group, with Jason Fox at the lead. Tampa Bay Business and Wealth Magazine says former WCW star Joe Gomez is also involved in the Volpe’s real estate ventures.

According to the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser, the building is owned by Fonte Properties Partnership which bought the 1946-built building in 1999 for $99,000. The last building to call the address home was Soho Pizza Join which moved out roughly 10 years ago.

Palazzo is open 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues. and Weds. and 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thurs.-Saturdays. The restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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