Don’t Hide from Tommy’s Hideaway

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Don’t Hide from Tommy’s Hideaway

I’ll admit, I’ve lived in St. Pete for nearly six years and the last time I was in Gulfport was seven years ago… it was for a wedding, and I didn’t leave the venue. There are several restaurants and bars in Gulfport that I always say to my friends “we need to try that”, “we need to go there”, “let’s go spend a day in Gulfport” … but it never happens. Anyway, all that is to say I finally made it to one of the restaurants in Gulfport I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.

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Tommy’s Hideaway with Live Music

Located about a block from the water in Gulfport sits Tommy’s Hideaway – Wood Fired Pizza & Pub. If you weren’t looking for it you might miss it. While it’s on the main drag, it’s a quaint restaurant that could easily be looked over. They combat that in the evenings by featuring live music every night starting at 6pm. The menu features wood fired pizza (obviously), pasta, subs, burgers, salads, and dessert. On top of their standard menu, they have rotating specials.

From their website:

“Tom Lussiano and Larisa Curbelo bring their expertise to Tommy’s Hideaway as proud owners. With 30 years of experience in major restaurant brands such as Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, and Red Lobster, they have a deep understanding of the industry. However, this time, they are taking a leap of faith by using their own funds to launch their own restaurant, without the backing of a major corporation. Despite the risks, they feel confident and excited to embark on this new journey.”

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View of Tommy’s Outside Bar from Side Patio

When we arrived at Tommy’s Hideaway, we were immediately greeted warmly by Tommy himself. We requested outside seating since the weather was so lovely and there was live music. He sat us on their quaint side patio, which was the perfect setting for the evening.

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$5 Special House Wine

We decided to start off with a glass each of the $5 house wine along with the Shrimp Scampi and Mozzaluna Fritta appetizers.

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Shrimp Scampi

The Shrimp Scampi comes with six shrimp sautéed in a delectable garlic-lemon-butter sauce along with two untoasted soft pieces of baguette. The untoasted soft bread was the perfect vehicle to sop up the remainder of the butter sauce after the shrimp was gone.

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Mozzaluna Frita

The Mozzaluna Fritta is Tommy’s answer to the standard mozzarella sticks. Three half-moon shaped pieces of mozzarella are breaded, fried and then served with a homemade tomato sauce. They have a rule at Tommy’s that whoever bites into it and has the longest cheese-pull is off the hook for the check. Unfortunately, I had already committed to picking up the check for my friend and me or else I would have had a free dinner that night.

Some of the other appetizers include: chicken wings, meatballs with ricotta, french fries, onion rings, and garlic bread.

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Chicken Parm

Even though those two appetizers were already filling me up (since I have no control when delicious food is in front of me), we still decided to order two more dishes to share. First up was the Chicken Parm Sub. This was your standard chicken parm, which is not a knock. It was cheesy and saucy, the chicken was thin and breaded crispy and put on a soft roll.

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Some of the other subs include: Italian, eggplant parm, meatball, sausage and peppers, cheese steak, and foot-long all beef hotdogs amongst others.

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Larisa’s Famous White Clam Pizza

We couldn’t leave without trying Larisa’s Famous White Clam Pizza. I know I love clams, and linguini with clams, and pizza. So why not combine them all. The pizza was basically a white pizza with chopped clams on top. It was tasty and not too overwhelming in the clam department.

Some of the other pizzas include: plain cheese, Margherita, pepperoni, burrata, meatball ricotta pizza, carni pizza, veggie pizza, and vegan cheese pizza amongst others.

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Bavarian Cream Filled Churros

As a little treat, the restaurant sent us out their dessert special – Bavarian Cream Filled Churros served with a side of raspberry sauce and nutella. After my friend and I each had one she tried to put the rest in to a box and I said “nuh uh! Give me another one of those”… so I had a second… after all that food I already ate. Oh well, it was worth it.

As I mentioned earlier, there are also several great burger and pasta options as well. There’s really something for everyone here.

Tommy’s Hideaway is the perfect spot for locals and tourists alike. There were many people there I could tell were regulars that the staff knew by first name. It was my first time and I felt like I was one of the regulars myself.

Also, if you’re visiting make sure to ask for Abby as your server. She was attentive, knowledgeable, and so kind.

Tommy's Hideaway - Wood Fired Pizza & Pub
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  • Rated 4.7 stars
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  • Tommy's Hideaway - Wood Fired Pizza & Pub
  • (727) 623-4288
  • Pizza, Dinner, Lunch
    • Sun - Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
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  • 3121 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, Florida 33707,

Wood Fired Pizza & Pub in Gulfport

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey & Mahika do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

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