We all have that one place close to home that we drive past daily with every intention of stopping in, but life gets in the way and it never happens. For this South Tampa girl, that place has been Tate’s Pizza Westshore. Formally known as The Galley Pizzeria, Tate’s Pizza took over about two years ago and has been pleasing locals with their hand-tossed pizza and pasta dishes. I used to be a regular at The Galley, especially on Sundays during football season. As a huge Steeler fan, I always enjoyed watching Steelers games there since they catered to both Steelers and Eagles fans. It was a great place to bring my kids and we would enjoy pizza and their popular Greek Salad while I got my football fix. I was sad to hear The Galley was closing, but when I learned that the owners of Tate’s were Steelers fans, I felt a little better. 🙂
I popped in last week to try some of their wings after hearing about them from friends. Being that I am such a wing connoisseur, owner Tom Tate sat with me and we sampled some new flavors such as their family recipe for “Carolina” wings and my idea for “Pesto” wings. Tom is a great guy and we spent an hour just winging it.
With classics such as BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Mild, Medium, Hot and Scorching, I enjoyed trying them all and had the chance to try some new sauces that are not on the menu. I was really impressed with their Carolina wings. Mustard based, the Carolina sauce is a secret family recipe that is simply delicious. Always looking for unique sauces, this one really won me over.
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with Tom Tate about unique wing flavors and suggested they try to make a pesto wing. While I was in that afternoon, he asked one of the cooks to toss some wings in pesto and voila…I got to sample pesto wings. They came out fantastic, especially since they were sprinkled in Parmesan. I could eat these on a regular basis.
Their hot wings were also fantastic. They have just enough spice so you can still taste the flavor without too much heat.
I will definitely be returning to Tate’s to try some of their other items, especially their pizza. Family friendly and conveniently located in the heart of South Tampa, Tate’s is a great place to grab a quick bite or to stay and catch a game. With multiple televisions and a full bar, Tate’s is sure to please everyone.