I grew up in Largo and remember this restaurant from the early 1980's. It was close to my childhood home but for some reason my parents never tried Pizza Shack. For years I have been hearing from friends throughout Pinellas county that Pizza Shack serves a really great pizza . . . but I've never been.
I'd moved away from Largo for many years and returned to live here a few years ago. My husband is super picky about pizza and we've tried in vain to find a really good pizza in Largo for 3 years.
We tried this place last night on a complete whim and were very pleasantly surprised.
The décor is very '80s and rather kitschy, which I like. The lighting is a little dim but it reminds me of an old fashioned Italian restaurant. There are several smaller tables, a number of comfy booths and a large bar in the center of the low-ceilinged restaurant. They have a full bar, wine and beer.
Although there wasn't anyone immediately stationed at the entrance, we got a very friendly greeting as soon as we stepped in the door and were very promptly seated. Our drink request was taken almost instantly, our order was taken quickly and after only a few minutes we'd received our drinks and a nice, full basket of hot breadsticks and dipping sauce.
We ordered a standard large pepperoni pizza and it hit the table in record time even though most of the tables were full.
The servers help each other out a lot in this restaurant and we were checked on several times. Drinks were promptly refilled and everyone was very friendly.
I noticed there were a lot of folks who were repeat visitors who were treated like family. The servers were all super nice and especially kind to children. It seemed like a nice, family friendly, neighborhood restaurant.
The pizza itself was fantastic. It was perfect Goldilocks pizza -- the sauce wasn't too salty or too sweet, the crust was buttery but not too greasy and it was crispy but not overly crunchy and dry.
The cheese was very high quality -- it was nice and stringy and melty -- not cheap and rubbery like many pizza joints nowadays.
There was plenty of pepperoni throughout the entire pie -- they did not skimp.
Although the quality of the meal was quite high -- the price was not. We had drinks and a large pizza -- with a 20% tip it came to only $22.
We had a very nice experience and the food was great. We will be returning.
Although this place isn't on the beach it is close by and well worth the short drive. For those staying in Reddington Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleaire Beaches and Sand Key I highly recommend this place and I believe it is the best pizza you will find in the area.
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