The Corners Pizza Brings Detroit-Style Square Pies to Sparkman Wharf

Tampa, Fla. (August 16, 2018) – Sparkman Wharf, Tampa’s waterfront destination for work, outdoor recreation, and dining, is pleased to announce The Corners Pizza, a new concept, which will bring Detroit- style square pies to Tampa’s waterfront. The Corners Pizza is the product of founder Chef Noel Cruz and Chef Anthony Messina. Cruz is known for popularizing ramen in Tampa Bay and his current projects include Ichicoro, c.1949, and chismis & co.,

“My family has always loved cooking, and food to me is just a mechanism to bring us together. This is in my blood. It’s an incredible opportunity to open this concept at Sparkman Wharf and be able to share my grandmother’s recipe with the Tampa Bay community,” said Chef Anthony Messina with a wink.

Detroit-style pizza is made in Motor City era blue steel square pans, generally industrial trays, originally intended to hold small parts in factories – giving the pizza its unique square shape, flavor, and texture. The crust is thick and airy with crispy cheesy edges. Think of this square pie immigrating from Sicily to Rome through Detroit then settling in Tampa. The Corners Pizza’s focus is simplicity and just being delicious.

“The Corners Pizza concept has been a secret passion project in my head for a while. The vision for Sparkman Wharf is a celebration of innovation in doing something different. Pizza, like ramen, is truly endearing to me, and we are approaching it with integrity and fun. ” said Noel Cruz.

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About Sparkman Wharf

Sparkman Wharf features approximately 180,000 square feet of reimagined, spacious loft-style office space, 65,000 square feet of ground level retail, and a one- acre dynamic park-like environment, which will feature an intimate dining garden, biergarten, and lawn for recreation, situated in a relaxed, outdoor setting along the Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa. The dining garden will feature ten of Tampa’s best restauranteurs and chefs experimenting with new culinary concepts. Sparkman Wharf is owned and operated by Strategic Property Partners, LLC, the partnership between Cascade Investment LLC, and Jeff Vinik. SPP is a full-service commercial real estate development firm based in Tampa, Florida. Feel the spark? Learn more about Sparkman Wharf and sign up to stay in touch at