Archive for February, 2011

PostHeaderIcon St. Pete Beach-We call it Home

Buona Pizza is so fortunate and proud to call St. Pete Beach home. For us guys from Philly, we are so happy to be here where we get to enjoy the sunshine, the gorgeous water and the friendliest people in the world. Whether you are a full-time resident, snowbird, or this is your very first visit to the town that we have come to love, we look forward to making you feel at home when you come to Buona Pizza!

 The City of St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community located just off the Pinellas County mainland with a permanent population of about 10,032 (latest estimate from the University of Florida) The city is also a popular winter residence for many people living in other parts of the United States, Canada and Europe.

Property records show that about 28 percent of the total residential dwelling units in the city are owned by people claiming the primary residence elsewhere.

The city was incorporated in 1957 with the consolidation of the Towns of Pass-a-Grille, Don CeSar, Belle Vista, St. Petersburg Beach and unincorporated Pinellas County to become the City of St. Petersburg Beach. In 1994, the citizens voted to shorten the name to St. Pete Beach to lessen the confusion with the City of St. Petersburg, located on the mainland to the east.

St. Pete Beach  is a significant tourist destination, having over 3,000 transient accommodation units, including major hotel and motel operations as well as many smaller, more intimate lodging facilities.

PostHeaderIcon Say Cheese!

Cheese. Whether as the major component of your favorite pizza pie, the taste that ties the ingredients of your meat lasagna together, or just that little extra flavor that makes your salad pop, if you’re like us that is what it’s all about.

And here at Buona we know cheese! Here is a quick refresher course for all you fellow cheese-lovers.

Mozzarella–This is the main man, the real deal, used in just about every pizza, sandwich, and dish we make. Mozzarella is actually a generic term for several kinds of italian cheeses that are made using spinning and then cutting (hence the name, as the Italian verb mozzare means “to cut”.)  Fresh mozzarella is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the animal’s diet. It is a semi-soft cheese. Due to its high moisture content, it is traditionally served the day it is made. 

Ricotta (literally meaning “recooked”) uses the whey, a limpid, low-fat, nutritious liquid that is a by-product of cheese production. Can you believe this delicious cheese is just the reheated whey left over from cheese making? Ricotta is a fresh cheese (as opposed to ripened or aged), grainy and creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contains around 13% fat. In this form, it is somewhat similar in texture to some cottage cheese variants, though considerably lighter. And here at Buona it’s what makes our Bianca (white pies without red or marinara sauce) such a creamy indulgent pizza.

Parmagiano cheese (the same cheese manufactured elsewhere is referred to as Parmesan), is a hard granular cheese, cooked but not pressed, named after the producing areas near Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Bologna (all in Emilia-Romagna), and Mantova (in Lombardia), Italy. Under Italian law only cheese produced in these provinces may be labelled “Parmigiano-Reggiano”, while European law classifies the name as a protected designation of origin. Buona uses Parmagiano in a number of ways, it’s what makes your Caesar salad have that wonderful flavor and keeps you reaching for our yummy fresh garlic knots.

American Cheese is a favorite here as well. For several sandwiches including our Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, there is nothing like the way the cheese melts in with the steak meat and onions.  And it blends with the Mozzarella in our Suffed Philly Steak Pizza to make something extra special with that taste you just can’t get anywhere but here.

Getting hungry yet? I know I sure am. Come in to where all these cheeses are put to their most flavorful uses here at Buona Pizza and taste the difference that the best and freshest ingredients make.

Life is too short for bad pizza!

PostHeaderIcon Super Bowl and Quiche?!

It is that time again–Game Day! And you know what you want. What your friends and guests will be looking forward to all week and here is a hint, it ain’t lamb stew! It’s PIZZA! There is no food that is easier, tastier, more fun, and down right American than our country’s favorite party food and we have the best you can find anywhere.

With varieties to suit every taste, fast and easy pickup or delivery, there is a reason this is the biggest pizza day of the year and Buona has you covered! Enjoy our Meatlovers, piled high with ham, pepperoni, sausage, and bacon. Or try our new Philly Steak Pizza with fried onions, steak and mozzarella and american cheeses, you’ll feel like you are in the heart of Philadelphia. And even you vegetarians aren’t stuck with tofu today. Celebrate the biggest game of the year with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and spinach.

So, ditch the lamb chops, sea bass, and ….ahem.. quiche. Call the Pizza guys and get your game on!

Remember, Life is too short for bad pizza!

PostHeaderIcon Location, Location, Location!

Where can you find the best pizza in the Tampa-St. Pete area?  That’s right!!  Right here on the Beach!  St. Pete Beach is not only your place for fun in the sun, but the best pizza and Italian cuisine.  Buona Pizza is conveniently located right across Gulf Boulevard from the public beach access. It’s a quick walk to a great meal for luch or dinner. We are just a few minutes drive from Tierre Verde, Pass-a-Grille, Pasadena, Vina Del Mar, and Treasure Island. We’re easy to find in the Dolphin Village Shopping Plaza with a variety of other great shops and stores. Including our new next door neighbors, Candy Kitchen who have been serving beachgoers the finest in homemade icecream, fudge and nostalgic treats for 61 years at their other 2 locations. Candy Kitchen’s ice cream is out of this world and we’re very glad to welcome them to their new location.

So come see us for the best pizza and italian food, and don’t forget to stop in to the Candy Kitchen for a tastey treat.

Remember – Life is too short for bad pizza!

PostHeaderIcon Fun Pizza Facts!

Pizza Facts:

  • The people of America eat around 350 slices of pizza each second, or 100 acres per day.
  • Each year, pizza is a $30 billion industry.
  • In the U.S., there are about 61,269 pizza parlors.
  • Everyone in the United States eats about 23 lbs., or 46 slices, every year.
  • Each year in the United States, 3 billion pizzas are sold.  
  • Children ages 3-11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
  • 36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year.

A few popular pizzas toppings are: Mushrooms, Extra cheese, Sausage, Green Pepper, and Onion.

In the list of most popular pizza toppings in America, the last one is anchovies.

New gourmet pizza toppings have rapidly became popular. Some of those toppings include: Chicken, Oysters, Crayfish, Dandelions, Sprouts, Eggplant, Cajun Shrimp, Artichoke Hearts, Venison, Duck, Canadian-Style Bacon and Tuna.

Practically every kind of pizza topping has been tried by pizza chefs, some of those toppings being peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and mashed potatoes.

Americans prefer meat toppings to veggie toppings by a ratio of 62 to 100. Women order twice as much vegetable toppings than men.

Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonaise, potato and bacon).

In India they like pickled ginger, minced mutton and tofu. The people of Brazil prefer green peas for their topping. Russians serve pizza covered in mockba (a mix of sardines, tuna, mackeral, salmon and onions.)

Men wearing muscle shirts when answering the door order pepperoni three times more than any other kind of pizza. (San Jose Mercury News, Food Section, 1/11/95 )

Italian food ranks as the most popular ethnic food in America. (National Restaurant Association)

There are over 9,000 pizzeria’s in New York alone. (The Tony Modica Pizza Dance Foundation)

94% of the population of the U.S. eats pizza. (Source: Parade Magazine)

October is National Pizza Month. It was first so designated in 1987.

Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants. (Source: Food Industry News)

93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month. (Source: Bolla Wines)

Saturday night is the biggest night of the week for eating pizza.

Three of the top 10 weeks of pizza consumption occur in January. Another pizza fact: More pizza is consumed during Super Bowl week than any other week of the year. (Source: Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill.)

PostHeaderIcon Variety is the spice of life!

Meat Lover's is just one of many for you to try!

What is better than hot, fresh, pizza made with the finest ingredients available? A huge assortment of hot, fresh, pizzas made with the finest ingredients available! At Buona we make many varieties of pizza and we know we have one that will be your favorite. Whether it’s our traditional New York style thin crust made with our own sauce and the best mozzarella money can buy, our Bianca with fresh mozzarella, ricotta and garlic, or the Margarita; the original pizza with a delicious sauce, olive oil and fresh basil.

You have got to try our Toscana, with chicken, bacon and tomato in a ranch sauce or our newest additions to the menu; our Stuffed Philly Steak or Stuffed Spinach pizzas. The Stuffed Philly Steak is a taste of back home for us, with a mix of american and mozzarella cheeses, chopped steak, and sauteed onions sandwiched between two layers of thin crust, it is more than a slice – it is a meal!

Of course all our varieties including MeatLover’s, Veggie, and made to order pizzas, are made with the finest, freshest toppings, and we know we have your favorite here!  And don’t forget to try our delicious Strombolis and Calzones.

Call for delivery, pick-up, or just come in and say hi to The Pizza Guys!

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