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MIKE SARMAT
EDDIE & SAM'S NEW YORK PIZZA / TAMPA, FLORIDA

MIKE DISHES ON OLDSCHOOL PIZZA, BEING
A HANDS-ON OWNER
AND NEW YORK WATER
Eddie & Sam's New York Pizza opened
in Tampa in 1998, focusing on slices and
catering to downtown lunch clientele. Since
Mike Sarmat took over ownership of the
shop many years ago, changes have been
few - honest pizza and a hard day's work
are his recipes for success.

I'M DEFINITELY OLD SCHOOL. We

try some different things now and
then to keep the younger customers
engaged, but what you see is
what you get. Big, foldable slices
that aren't New York style - it's
authentic New York pizza. There are
a lot of New Yorkers living down
here now. The pizza holds up to what
they expect and to what they got
back home.

WE HAVE A LARGE DISPLAY CASE
THAT YOU SEE AS SOON AS YOU
WALK IN. Our pizzas are up there on

pans so that you can see what you
want quickly and get through quickly.
Being downtown, a lot of customers
want a quick slice for lunch or right
after work. They are busy and have
places to be. We are set up to serve
them fast.
I'M HERE A LOT. I'm very hands-

THE WATER IS THE BIGGEST
THING. I have it brought in from

New York in one-gallon bottles.
Sometimes people don't understand.
They don't know why I can't use
Tampa tap water. Why pay to bring
water in from New York, they ask?
They don't understand, and that's
okay. But it's what gives our dough
that New York characteristic. It's
essential. It makes all the difference.
I've tried it with the local water. It's
not the same.
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on. I sweep the sidewalks, take
out the trash, make the pizza ...
whatever needs to be done. There's
always something that needs done,
from well before you open until well
after you close. Somebody's got
to do it, and somebody's got to set
the example for others. If you want
people to work hard, they need to
see you working hard.


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