Very best cafe Sarasota-Bradenton pan pizza closing

Most of the pizzerias in Sarasota and Manatee counties provide the sort of thin-crust pies that originated in New York City’s Minimal Italy in the early 1900s. But not all of them. A single noteworthy exception, which I integrated in my finest pizza spots tale that ran in February, is Demetrios’ Pizza House in Bradenton. 

Positioned on Cortez Street West considering that opening 46 a long time in the past, Demetrios’ is well-known for its smooth-crust pan pizzas, which are placed in one-inch-deep pans and baked in a single of the restaurant’s 6 fuel ovens. Greek immigrants Dimitrios “Jimmy” Sokos and spouse, Helen, joined by his sister-in-law Paula Ludera, labored in New York Town dining establishments just before relocating to Bradenton and adopting a rather special solution to pizza making.

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Demetrios' Pizza House on Cortez Road in Bradenton.

“Our pizza since working day one has been a combination of unique types of pizza,” said Gus Sokos, the son of Jimmy Sokos and longtime co-owner of Demetrios’ with his aunt, Ludera. “You hear of Sicilian, Chicago and New York pizza and we are a combo of all of them. In the 1970s, there wasn’t a lot in Florida. There were a few pizza spots in city: us, Pizza Hut and one more spouse and children-owned palace identified as Mario’s. We ended up the only pizza destinations in city and our combination of all the distinct variations was the critical, which is what produced us a hit.”

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