Toby's Little Italy in St Petersburg - Pizza, Cheesesteak, and more

By Published On: August 17th, 2023

Toby’s Little Italy in St Petersburg – Pizza, Cheesesteak, and more

Published on 08/17/23:

Toby’s Original Little Italy Pizza! When a strip mall restaurant has 3400+ Google reviews and a 4.7/5 star average, the Loving St Pete radar lights up. We had to visit! If you haven’t tried Little Italy, I encourage you to check it out…

Favorite Locally Owned Restaurants in St Petersburg?

First, hope everyone had a great weekend! What are some of your favorite locally owned spots? Even better if it has a somewhat unassuming exterior, though inside lies a gem! They might enjoy a write-up and shout out, so add them below in the comments.

Little Italy in St Pete is a Hidden Gem

Operating since 1972, I suspect Little Italy isn’t exactly a ‘hidden’ gem for those of you who live nearby. However, if you’re 5 miles away like our family, it might be a new one for you! As with most all businesses I post, Little Italy is family owned. Tobia Spinelli, a native of Naples, Italy, opened the restaurant in 1972 in Disston Plaza Shopping Center. It has remained family owned ever since, staying within the same two families.

Philly Cheesesteak

In addition to being well known for pizzas and other dishes, Little Italy comes up quite a bit in Philly Cheesesteak convos online. You may recall, Colt and I wrote up Colonial Corner Hoagie Shop after trying their incredible Philly Cheesesteak! While CC seems to come up the most in those convos, Little Italy apparently isn’t far off!
While dining at Little Italy, we indulged in pizza, delicious garlic knots with marinara, and the Philly Cheese. All were great and we’ll definitely return! Next time we’ll include one of their salads for some veggies.

More Details About Little Italy

Counter service. Beer and wine are available. Something about the interior really makes it feel comfortable. Check out photo 3, towards the back of this surprisingly large pizza joint. They have quite a few booths and even a couple games…the neon area in my pics. Service was quick!
Address: 3523 49th Street N, St. Petersburg
Phone: 727-522-2717
Hours as of this post:
Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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