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Snack Attack: Tampa

"The fact that we offer authentic Chicago-style pizza I think sets us apart as it is not readily available in Florida," Hess said, noting that distinction has garnered them critical and commercial acclaim.

The Tampa chainlet spins out pies either Chicago- or N.Y.-style, preparing just two signature offerings - a straight vegetarian feast and eponymous supreme-style creation - while also fielding a robust make-your-own ingredient roster.

Speciality Plates

While breakfast and dinner are both metaphorically and literally on the table, our sources billed Pane Rustica as the place for an unforgettable lunch.

General manager Bryan Peterson hailed the artisan flatbreads and custom sandwiches as incredibly popular. But the main attraction appears to be the irreverently branded "Shut Up & Eat" platter.

According to Peterson, the chef's choice meal deal ($12) fluctuates not just daily, but occasionally from minute-to-minute.

"It just depends on what the chef has on that particular day and [that] can change with every single order," he said, listing wild boar- and rabbit-based dishes as samples of the eclectic base materials.

The kitchen prepares a full range of specials each morning, a rotation that includes seasonal salads, gourmet soups, house-made pastas and catch of the day arrangements.

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