Local Restaurateurs Dave Burton and Ralph Santell Perfect Pizza
Tampa restaurateurs Dave Burton and Ralph Santell have teamed up to introduce a new restaurant, the Tampa Pizza Company. The first two restaurants are located in downtown Tampa (ground floor of the Skypoint Condos at 777 N. Ashley Dr.) and in Westchase (Westchase Town Center at Linebaugh Avenue).
Tampa Pizza Company specializes in creating the perfect pizza for all pizza lovers whether they are vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, or a traditional pizzatarian. The restaurant offers healthy crust and toppings options for those who crave America’s favorite food. While pizza is the main event, the innovative menu also features a variety of popular seasonal appetizers, custom-made-to- order sandwiches and wraps, chicken wings, fresh baked desserts and gelato. Cater and take-out delivery services are also available.
“Ralph and I have built a loyal following over the years, and it is very important to us that we maintain the quality service and incredible food that our guests expect,” said Burton. “Our mission is fairly simple – create fresh, delicious meals that are appealing to even the health conscience customers who crave great tasting food. Whether they have special dietary needs or want to splurge with the most outrageous offerings, we have them covered!”
According to Burton, internal upgrades to their downtown location have included murals of local Tampa scenes painted by local artists, Robert Horning and Bianca Burrows. Other improvements feature a new interior paint palette by Tanner Paints of Tampa; new chairs and reupholstered banquettes from Florida Seating in Pinellas County and the addition of a new community table. All new furniture pieces were purchased at local independent furniture stores such as Rare Hues and The Missing Piece.
The Westchase location features a reconfigured lounge area with new tile, new wall art and new interior paint palette. A new POS system with mobile/pad ordering capabilities and new server station have been added for service enhancements.
“It was important to us to turn to our local vendors here in the Tampa Bay area to make improvements to the dining experience that we offer our guests,” adds Burton. “In working with our dynamic team, we have really opened up our existing space to make our restaurant feel more eclectic, independent and local.”
The Tampa Pizza Company has introduced an expanded beverage program which is supported by an interior bar upgrade including new bar stools, enhanced lighting and new back bar design treatments. The restaurant has introduced a wine tap system, an innovation relatively new to the Tampa Bay area. There are also plans to expand the restaurant craft beer draft selection by 150% in the first quarter of 2015.
Burton and Santell have been long term supporters of the community and are widely recognized for their contributions to fund raising efforts for many local organizations including United Way, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, No Kid Hungry, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Project Children, March of Dimes, The Great West Chase (5K Run), Westchase Rotary, The MOMS Club of Tampa/Westchase Chapter of the International MOMS Club, and local school athletic programs.
“We believe in Tampa and all the great things going on in our community,” says Santell. “We strive to be a point of pride for all of our customers and local residents through our restaurants and out in our neighborhoods.”
About Tampa Pizza Company
At Tampa Pizza Company, we begin with the basics of a traditional Italian pizza – one that features fresh quality ingredients, the purest of extra virgin olive oil and herbs. We prepare our pizza, one pie at a time, and all ingredients are prepared daily. We pride ourselves in offering all-natural, healthy crust and toppings options for those who crave America’s favorite food. While pizza is our main event, our innovative menu also features a variety of popular seasonal appetizers, custom-made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, chicken wings, fresh baked desserts and all-natural gelato. We offer a wide assortment of beverages including all-natural soft drinks, craft beers and domestic and international wines. Set within a contemporary, comfortable setting, Tampa Pizza Company brings people together to enjoy great tasting pizza whether it is prepared in the Olde World Italian tradition or with healthy alternatives for special diets. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, or a pizzatarian, we have you covered. In addition to our restaurant, we offer a catering menu and delivery service to surrounding homes and businesses.