‘A TRUE LOCALS’ JOINT’: Landshark’s Pizza offers diners something out of the ordinary

Matt Algarin
As the muscle behind Landshark’s Pizza, Sue and Brian Hassmann say they are proud to offer locals a place to hang out where everyone knows each other and feels at home.

Landshark’s Pizza isn’t your run of the mill pizza joint — “it’s where the locals feed.”

“This is a place where people like to come and hang out,” Owner Brian Hassmann told The Log. “We are a true locals’ joint, whether it’s the offseason or in-season.”

After traveling around the county for 20 years working for AT&T, Brian and his wife Sue, who are first time restaurant owners, took over Landshark’s Pizza in October of 2011, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

During his time on the road, the University of Minnesota graduate would visit local sports bars and stow away mental notes and ideas that would serve him well when he operated his own place.

“You would take something from this place and an idea from there,” he said.

His vision turned into a sports bar/pub that serves up one-of-a-kind pizza creations and wings that can be dressed with 22 sauces and spices, such as spicy garlic, Asian zing, mango habanero and garlic parmesan.

“We’re a pizza joint with a wing problem,” Hassmann said. “We’ve got the best of both worlds.”

There is so much more to Landshark’s than pizza and wings though, with a menu full of calzones, salads, hot off the griddle Philly cheese steaks and mouthwatering burgers stuffed with cheese and jalapenos. As a Wisconsin native, Hassmann also offers up deep fried cheese curd.

One item you are not going to see on many menus around town is the popular shark pizza, which comes piled high with mako shark meat, Alfredo sauce, mushrooms and onions.

For the truly adventurous eater, Landshark’s offers up a Ghost Wing Challenge, where a brave heat-seeker must consume 10 wings in 10 minutes.

The Ghost chili, for those of you not familiar, is considered the hottest pepper on earth (300 times hotter than a jalapeno), coming in at a blistering 1,001,304 Scoville Heat Units, according to www.ghostchilipeppers.com.

After eating those hot wings, Landshark’s definitely has the suds to help ease the burn. Happy Hour runs daily from 3-6 p.m. and with $1.75 Bud Light, Miller Lite and Mich Ultra bottles and $1.50 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts.

As a beer lover himself, Hassmann says he rotates his draft beer offerings every few weeks, exposing guests to a variety of craft beers from around the country. Landshark’s is also sports central as they carry NFL Sunday Ticket and ESPN College GamePlan.

Landshark’s Pizza is located at 763 Harbor Blvd and can be reached at 850-424-6743 or on the web at www.landsharkspizzacompany.com. “Like” Landshark’s on Facebook to receive the latest news and event updates, and download the SpotOn, a mobile application, to join the loyalty program.

To grab a sample of Landshark’s fare, stop by Saturday’s Blues, Brews & BBQ event at HarborWalk Village.

With a desire to be a true locals hangout, Hassmann knows each of his customers by name, and if he doesn’t know someone’s name, he will shortly.

“I like to greet people when they come in and see us, make them feel welcomed,” he said.